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Antarctic News Archive - Technology

A collection of older (2004-2005) news items related to technology, computer models and construction used in the Antarctic. All links will take you to sites outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    December, 2005

  • December 8, 2005 - Aura Satellite Completes Annual Seasonal Ozone Hole Report - TerraDaily
    NASA researchers, using data from the agency's AURA satellite, determined the seasonal ozone hole that developed over Antarctica this year is smaller than in previous years.

  • November, 2005

  • November 17, 2005 - Artifical Life, Inc. Announces Virtual Penguins, Its First Multi-User 3G Game - Stockhouse
    A new multi-user game based on the life of Emperor penguins has just been released by a Hong Kong - based company, Artificial Life. This game is made for mobile phones.

  • August, 2005

  • August 31, 2005 - DOC Takes Rare Whale Sample - New Zealand Herald
    New Zealand Dept. of Conservation staff were able to get close enough to a rare southern right whale to get a skin sample. They will use this to determine if this whale is related to the pods of right whales that are found closer to Antarctica or if it part of a separate population. Photos of southern right whales from South Georgia Island website.

  • July, 2005

  • July 20, 2005 - Futuristic Design Wins Competition for Antarctic Research Station - TerraDaily
    A modular station on elevated ski legs has won the competition for the new British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Halley Research Station. It can be towed further inland whe necessary (glacier flow causes the base to move onto the ice shelf) and can be jacked up above accumulated snow. The modules make it easy to reconfigure for changing needs. Similar story from Guardian Unlimited with different illustration of proposed station.

  • June, 2005

  • June 24, 2005 - Antarctic Telescope High On Australian Wishlist - Space Daily
    Australian astronomers are urging that the Australian government and astronomers around the world support the construction of an infra-red telescope at Dome C. This project was approved to begin this year, but lack of funds stalled the project.

  • June 21, 2005 - Antarctic Concept Vehicle Unveiled - Terra Daily
    James Moon, an award-winning designer, has come up with a lightweight, eco-friendly vehicle for use in Antarctica. The designer worked closely with the British Antarctic Survey in developing his design.

  • May, 2005

  • May 22, 2005 - Robot To Explore Buried Ice Lake - Guardian Observer
    British scientists are going to use a robot to explore the bottom of Lake Ellsworth. the focus of the study will be microbes and sediments and will help add to information on past climate change in Antarctica.(More on this research effort)

  • May 12, 2005 - Antarctic Runway For Jets - Australian
    The Australian Government has approved the building of an ice runway and supporting an air link between Hobart, Australia and Australia's Casey Station in Antarctica. This will allow scientists to more closely monitor the Southern Ocean and deliver scientists to their Antarctic destinations more efficiently.

  • April, 2005

  • April 18, 2005 - Antarctic Monitoring Cameras Installed On Boats - ABC
    All boats fishing in Antarctic waters must have on board two observers to monitor the catch. They have decided to use cameras, on a trial basis, to collect more data about the catches.

  • March, 2005

  • March 28, 2005 - Antarctic Oil Painting Shrouded In Mystery - ABC
    The oldest known painting of the Antarctic, painted during Captain James Cook's historic expedition, was revealed as restorers used an x-ray to look under a 230 year old painting by landscape artist, William Hodges. Why the artist painted over the earlier painting is not clear.

  • February, 2005

  • February 7, 2005 - Icebreakers In Support of Science - NSF
    Icebreakers play a key role in the maintenance of Antarctic science stations. Typically the Polar Star and Polar Sea are used for this job, but because the Polar Sea was in drydock, the Polar Program chartered the Russian Icebreaker, Krazin, to assist in operations this year. (Similar story from Russian point of view by Novosti; another story on this topic with photo from USA Today).

  • February 3, 2005 - Icebreaker Krasin Continues Operation In Antarctic - Novosti
    The Russian icebreaker, Krasin, has helped escort a re-supply ship to the U.S. McMurdo Station.They had previously helped a fuel ship leave the station after delivery. This help has kept McMurdo running after damage to the U.S. icebreakers made it difficult for ships to reach the station. (Story on previous mission. Story with photos on this mission from NSF )

  • February 2, 2005 - US Tanker Engine Failure Stops Her and Krasin Icebreaker - Novosti
    The fuel tanker, Paul Buck, experienced an engine failure as it traveled from McMurdo station to the Ross Sea. Since it is stationary in the middle of the pack ice, the Russian icebreaker, Krasin, will keep the ship from being crushed as repairs are being made and then will continue escorting the ship out of the ice.

  • January, 2005

  • January 29, 2005 - Antarctic Planes Discover New Frontiers - ABC
    New planes have finally arrived in Antarctica and have already proved valuable to Australian researchers. (Scroll down to see January 7 story about the planes.)

  • January 4, 2005 - Architects Conquer Hostile Antarctica - Bahrain Tribune
    Polar stations are quite a challenge to build, but three architects have been chosen to compete for the opportunity to build Halley VI.

  • December, 2004

  • December 14, 2004 - Electronic Lines On An Epic Voyage... - Scotsman
    Simon Faithfull, an artist, uses a Palm Pilot to draw things that he sees while on an ice-breaker in the Southern Ocean.He then e-mails the drawings to his subscribers.




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