Wow, that’s a long way down: Reed Scherer shot a photo of his computer screen showing the live video feed down the borehole.

NIU researchers part of team that collects first intact samples from Antarctic subglacial lake

A team of scientists that includes Northern Illinois University researchers has successfully drilled through the overlying Antarctic ice sheet and sampled directly the waters and sediments of Subglacial Lake Whillans. The effort is making headlines today: It marks the first successful retrieval

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STEMfest 2011: ‘Everything is cool’

As the last of STEMfest’s 4,000 participants trickled out of the Convocation Center Oct. 22, they were still buzzing with the day’s excitement. “The lasers are cool! The static electricity is cool!” one young girl chattered to her parents. She looked out

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Reed Scherer (left) and Ross Powell

NIU and DOER Marine unveil robotic submarine that will explore beneath Antarctic ice shelf

Northern Illinois University and DOER Marine today unveiled a new 28-foot long, cigar-shaped robotic submarine to be used in exploration beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Bristling with high-tech instrumentation, the submarine is among the exhibits at the Moscone Convention Center

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