Where to go and what to know
One researcher was found brewing beer in a laboratory
New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America
A failure to respond to an order from the ship's captain may have played a critical role in the operational fiasco that led to the stranding of the Akademik Shokalskiy in thick Antarctic sea ice on Christmas Eve.
A former Welsh international rugby player has set the second fastest unsupported solo journey to the South Pole in history.
Rise is twice that considered dangerous by climate scientists
Passengers on a climate change research ship stranded in Antarctica are likely to ring in the New Year on the ice-trapped vessel – as a rescue helicopter on a nearby Chinese ship waits for the weather to clear.
It has not been, we must report, a vintage year for facial hair. The prize for the annual Beard of the Year has had to be shared between The Choir's Gareth Malone, actor John Hurt and rugby player Geoff Parling.
A Russian ship that has been trapped in thick Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve is on the verge of being rescued as a Chinese icebreaker named the Snow Dragon draws near.
35-year-old completed challenge today after gruelling 500-mile ride in 'vicious' conditions
Race has echoes of Captain Scott’s famous battle with Roald Amundsen to reach the bottom of the world
Student achieves goal of setting new record for fastest-ever unsupported walk from edge of Antarctica to South Pole
Newly analysed data showed the temperature plunged to -93.2C (-135.8F) in August 2010
Scientists claim to have recorded a new lowest ever temperature on earth, but where is it and just where are the coldest places on the planet?
From Brian May on Buckingham Palace's roof to Lady Gaga's plans to play in space
It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).