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21 October 2022
#AntarcticLog: The Ant-Antarctic
This week, artist Karen Romano Young takes us to the Arctic, another area of the world especially affected by climate change.
14 October 2022
#AntarcticLog: Breaking ice to do some science
You could call is bush-whacking. You could call it trail-blazing. Or you could call it ice-breaking — and not in the sense of warming up a chilly party, either.
10 October 2022
Youth astrobiology education continues at Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
On July 16, 2003, the famed former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela stood in front of a crowd in the midst of the founding of the Mindset Network and said “education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world”.
7 October 2022
#AntarcticLog: Back to the ice!
It’s springtime in Antarctica, and the scientists are heading back to the ice. Not only the scientists, but the support people working at the stations, and yes, even a few science communicators and artists. Among the first to travel to McMurdo and the South Pole in the wake of the Covid pandemic is Lauren Lipuma, editor of the U.S. Antarctic Program (and the National Science Foundation’s) newspaper, The Antarctic Sun.
30 September 2022
#AntarcticLog: The wombat connection
I’m in Crownpoint, New Mexico this week, researching future comics at Navajo Technical University– and learned that the campus here used to have more trees. Piñon and juniper have died because of recent drought, says Abishek Roychowdhury, who teaches environmental science here.
23 September 2022
#AntarcticLog: Why did the ship cross the Drake Passage?
Why did the R/V Laurence M. Gould cross the fierce, fearsome Drake Passage? To get to the other side — to the Antarctic Peninsula and Palmer Station.
16 September 2022
#AntarcticLog: The importance of research ships
I learn so much from drawing ships. Here is E/V Nautilus, from an artist-in-residence and science communications tour I did in 2015. Nautilus is the mother ship to Hercules, a deep-diving ROV.
9 September 2022
#AntarcticLog: A close look at a glacier’s edge
The Alvin Science Verification Expedition may be over (science? verified!) but the research and findings are ongoing. What’s more, the scientists aboard bring plenty of fascinating stories to the table — not all of them related to Alvin.
2 September 2022
#AntarcticLog: (Climate) refugees
More than the population of Australia. That’s how many people the United Nations Refugee Agency says are refugees. These numbers are unimaginable, inconceivable, and overwhelming.
26 August 2022
#AntarcticLog: Finishing up with Alvin
Hello from the tail end of the Alvin Science Verification Expedition, in which we worked to verify the submersible Alvin’s ability to carry scientists, their equipment, and samples to depths of 6500 meters. The upshot: human-operated vehicle HOV Alvin is ready, willing, and able indeed.