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Scientists Add 50,000 Seeds to Arctic Doomsday Vault Because Everything Is Awful Scientists Add 50,000 Seeds to Arctic Doomsday Vault Because Everything Is Awful

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle has received a major deposit of nearly 50,000 seed samples from around the world, bringing the total number of seeds stored at the remote facility to nearly one million. This latest deposit—one of the largest ever—is a critical step in ensuring global food security…

The First Ever Samples From the Global Seed Vault Have Been Retrieved The First Ever Samples From the Global Seed Vault Have Been Retrieved

Deep in the arctic, inside over 400 feet of rock, a huge cache of seeds is stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in case of some global emergency. Today, the first of the seeds from that supply have arrived to replenish a collection sent away for safe keeping during Syria’s Civil War.

Unprecedented Photos Show A Polar Bear Eating Dolphins Unprecedented Photos Show A Polar Bear Eating Dolphins

For the first time ever, scientists have observed a polar bear catching and eating white-beaked dolphins. It’s suspected that the dolphins ventured too far north and became stranded in the ice — a possible consequence of climate change.

The Problem With the Doomsday Seed Vault The Problem With the Doomsday Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is undeniably fascinating: This concrete slab that juts out of the barren snowscape may represent humanity’s last hope in an apocalypse. But recently, plant scientists have questioned its mission.

An Isolated Vault Could Store Our Data on DNA for 2 Million Years  An Isolated Vault Could Store Our Data on DNA for 2 Million Years 

A few hundred feet inside a permafrost-encrusted mountain below the Arctic circle sits the seed bank that could be humanity's last hope during a global food crisis. This month, scientists suggested that this unassuming vault is the ideal space for preserving the world's data on DNA.

Why One of World's Most Remote Places Has the Fastest Internet Why One of World's Most Remote Places Has the Fastest Internet

Ever been to Bjørndalen? No, of course you haven't: This tiny town, located in a remote area of Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago controlled by Norway, has more polar bears than humans. Curiously, it's also home to some of the country's fastest internet speeds.

Doomsday Seed Vault Adds 20k New Crops—Including Beer Barley Doomsday Seed Vault Adds 20k New Crops—Including Beer Barley

This week marks six years since the Svalbard Seed Vault opened to serve as an agricultural Noah's Ark for humanity. Within its walls, scientists have collected nearly one million seeds from all over the world—just in case. Now, they're adding many more.

Arctic Technology Arctic Technology

Photographer Christian Houge's Arctic Technology series offers a look at large-scale scientific installations on the Norwegian island of Svalbard.

The Bears Of Svalbard Have Started Giving Out Piggyback Rides The Bears Of Svalbard Have Started Giving Out Piggyback Rides

In this image, snapped by a tourist in the Svalbard region of Norway, a polar bear cub hitches a ride on its mother's back. Biologists say that this behavior is rarely seen but might be more common than previously thought.

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