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2010-01-19 12:14:01

After storms delay arrival, young polar scientists land at McMurdo and get ready to go in the field. But first some basics: learning to sleep six feet under and stepping around fearless penguins. What land mass a) holds 70 percent of the world's fresh water, but almost no animal life, b) was settled only about a hundred years ago and c) hosts exactly one prestigious summer workshop for young biologists? The answer is a place where "summer" means very brief forays above freezing temperatures:...

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2009-01-13 14:35:00

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education have selected the winner of the Antarctic habitat naming contest. The name "Resolution" took top honors in the "Name that Habitat" competition. The winning name was submitted by 9th grade students at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J. The exploration vessel Resolution was the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle in January 1773 and was under the command of Captain James Cook. Holy Cross students said the new habitat represents...

2009-01-08 14:19:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This seven-million-cubic-foot super-pressure balloon is the...

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2009-01-08 15:20:00

NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more. This seven-million-cubic-foot super-pressure balloon is the largest single-cell, super-pressure, fully-sealed balloon ever flown. When development ends, NASA will have a 22...

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2008-10-22 10:15:00

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Education have partnered to engage students in ongoing activities for one of NASA's concepts for astronaut housing on the moon through a contest to name a habitat in Antarctica. NASA currently is conducting a test of a lightweight, durable, inflatable habitat on the cold, harsh landscape of the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station. The Challenger Center is organizing and conducting the "Name that Habitat" competition for students in...

2008-10-13 06:00:34

US-based ITT Advanced Engineering and Sciences has been awarded a seven-year, $1.2bn contract from Nasa to provide telemetry, tracking and command services for satellite communications. ITT's Advanced Engineering and Sciences division will support Nasa's Space and Near Earth networks, and provide operational and maintenance services to Nasa's Space Network, which includes tracking and data relay satellites and associated ground systems in New Mexico and Guam. It will also support other...

2008-10-08 18:00:06

The U.S. space agency has awarded a $1.2 billion contract to the ITT Corp. to support its Space and Near Earth Communications Network. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said ITT's advanced engineering and sciences division in Herndon, Va., will perform telemetry, tracking and command services for a wide range of science-based Earth-orbiting spacecraft, including the International Space Station, the space shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Earth Observing System...

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2008-09-24 08:50:00

Environmental scientists studying the world's shrinking polar ice sheets will soon get a substantial boost in computing power thanks to IU's Polar Grid Project. Funded by a $1.96 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Indiana University and Polar Grid partners Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and the NSF's Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), headquartered at the University of Kansas, are poised this week to deploy a collection of customized computational...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Jeff Vice Deseret News For his latest big-screen adventure, Werner Herzog went where few other filmmakers have gone before him -- and that includes "Transformers" director Michael Bay. "Encounters at the End of the World" took the veteran German director to Antarctica, where he profiled animal researchers and environmental scientists, as well as casual travelers who wound up at the South Pole. "In my usual fashion, this film features a little bit of everything," he said with a chuckle....

2008-07-24 09:00:48

Werner Herzog, the mainstream cinema's greatest mystic, ponders life, humanity, ice and penguins in "Encounters at the End of the World," a mesmerizing South Pole documentary that promises more than it delivers. Quirky Antarcticans and stunning photography, placid sea lions and rumbling volcanoes take the stage as Herzog _ who has veered between personal documentaries ("My Best Friend,""The Wild Blue Yonder,""Grizzly Man") and personalized fiction films ("Rescue Dawn") _ struggles to find...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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