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  1. Arctic found to play unexpectedly large role in removing nitrogen

    Areas of the Arctic play a larger role than previously thought in the global nitrogen cycle--the process responsible for keeping a critical element necessary for life flowing between the atmosphere, the land and oceans. The finding is reported in a new study of the continental shelf in the...

  2. Oasis of life in the ice-covered central Arctic

    Scientists are exploring oceanic ice worlds with new robots. Under the ice of the Arctic, unknown habitats conceal an unexpected variety of living beings. On October 23rd, 46 scientists returned to the home port in Bremerhaven from an Arctic expedition with the research vessel Polarstern. Over...

  3. Map Reveals Hot Spots for Arctic Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Across the Arctic tundra in summer, vast lakes and wetlands curve across the landscape, painting lazy swirls of blue against brilliant greens of moss, shrubs, and lichens. Within this landscape of hummocks and hollows looms a threat scientists have yet to fully quantify: Huge amounts of...

  4. Salty Snow Could Affect Air Pollution In the Arctic

    In pictures, the Arctic appears pristine and timeless with its barren lands and icy landscape. In reality, the area is rapidly changing. Scientists are working to understand the chemistry behind these changes to better predict what could happen to the region in the future. One team reports in...

  5. Six Scientists, 1,000 Miles, One Prize: The Arctic Bumblebee

    One hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, by the side of a dusty road, two women in anti-mosquito head nets peer at a queen bumblebee buzzing furiously in a plastic tube. “I think it’s the biggest bumblebee I’ve caught in my life!” Kristal Watrous says. S. Hollis...

  6. Scientific treaty emerges from Arctic Council

    The Arctic Council is preparing a treaty to be signed in the spring to promote scientific cooperation among the eight Arctic nations, a move that would benefit Maine scientists who need access to Russian territory and research for their work on topics ranging from climate change to how oil...

  7. US Wants to Strengthen Agreement to Ban Arctic Ocean Fishing

    The United States is trying to broker an agreement between a host of nations to prohibit unregulated fishing in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean. Such an agreement would be binding and include more countries than a non-binding agreement that the U.S. entered into with Norway,...

  8. Alaska Oil Reserves May Have Grown 80% on Giant Discovery

    Alaska’s oil reserves may have just gotten 80 percent bigger after Dallas-based Caelus Energy LLC announced the discovery of 6 billion barrels under Arctic waters. The light-oil reserves were found in the company’s Smith Bay leases between Prudhoe Bay and Barrow along the Arctic...

  9. Call for Contribution: Northern Notes Autumn/Winter 2016

    The International Arctic Social Sciences Association announces a call for contributions to the Autumn/Winter 2016 edition of Northern Notes. Those interested should submit contributions via email by 15 November 2016. Northern Notes is the newsletter of the International Arctic...

  10. Request for Proposals: Arctic Domain Awareness Center

    The Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) announces a request for proposals and is accepting applications through Friday, 14 October. This Request for Proposals (RFP) responds to an Arctic "Incidents of National Significance" (Arctic IoNS) workshop hosted by ADAC...