“We all know that Centrix makes dentistry easier, but does that mean that we have to travel to the South Pole to do so? [Dr. Bob] from Colorado says YES! He’s shown here holding a box of Encore® A/F, our self-cure composite core buildup material, and a Centrix E/Z™ syringe.” [...] “…and of course, Centrix [...]
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NSF’s Antarctic Support Contract Reading Room is a collection of workaday documents, including payments and terms of service with subcontractors such as Best Recycling, the University of Arizona (for the South Pole Food Growth Chamber), the US Postal Service, and the Pacific Regional Veterinary Command (for sanitation inspection services). Within these documents one can learn [...]
Figure 1. is from More and Better Science in Antarctica Through Increased Logistical Effectiveness (pdf 10MB), NSF’s “Report of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel” July 2012
Who goes there? Science, fiction, and belonging in Antarctica by Elena Glasberg is, in part, an ice-pertinent and comprehensive review of John Carpenter’s “The Thing”: Tracing this story of the threatening alien ‘thing’ through its two ﬁlmic iterations – The Thing From Another World (1951) and The Thing (1982) – this article examines the implicit [...]
From the essay “America Dreams” by Connie Samaras: Although only about 10,000 people have been to the South Pole since it was first explored, per capita it may be more photographed than Disney World. I did not encounter one person, support personnel or researchers, who did not have a camera. Once my identity was established [...]
In this report (pdf), Oklahoma Senator Tom A. Coburn identifies “over $3 billion in mismanagement at NSF”. Newspapers such as The Washington Times focused on McMurdo jell-o wrestling as a particularly egregious and ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars. Senator Coburn’s report describes: In their spare time NSF employees have been jello-wrestling in Antarctica at the [...]
Here’s the new Korean Icebreaker. The Korean Land Ministry calls it a “marine powerhouse”. Now that the Polar Sea and the Polar Star are on their way out, it won’t be long before the USAP is renting it for a tidy sum.