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Nicole Yamese and Victor Vesover at bottom of Challenger Deep

#NSFStories: Voyage to the bottom of the sea

June 9, 2021
Twelve people have been to the moon, but until 2019, only three people had been to the deepest part of the ocean: Challenger Deep, a trench off the Mariana Islands that lies nearly 11 kilometers below…
IceCube rendering

IceCube: A decade in review

May 13, 2021
The beginning It took seven years to construct the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, designed to search for nearly massless subatomic particles called neutrinos. However, planning began much earlier.…
A flat snowy landscape is shown beneath a blue sky

The glacier of greatest concern

April 21, 2021
Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier is melting because of climate change, and a collapse of the glacier could raise sea levels significantly around the world.…