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In 1963 Benoit Mandelbrot introduced the fractal concept. Fractals are shapes or behaviors that have similar properties at all levels of magnification. Just as the sphere is a concept that unites raindrops, basketballs and Mars, so fractal is a concept that unites clouds, coastlines, plants and strange attractors.
Dr. Mandelbrot dropped in for a visit during our 2001 series of webcasts about Antarctica. We took some time out from the freezing cold to interview him.
In the Exploratorium Live@ studio, we welcome Dr. Karen Kalumuk, who will talk about life in extreme conditions. Exploratorium staff member Mary Miller is joined by Craig Dunne, a technician at McMurdo Station, to talk about extreme conditions. Check in with Noel Wanner and Paul Doherty as they tell us more about their visit to the active volcano Mt. Erebus. Karen Joyce has spent 10 seasons in Antarctica. From our studio at the Exploratorium, we talked with Ms. Joyce about what life is like in Antarctica. Join Exploratorium staff member Julie Konop as she gives us a tour of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Join the Origins team as they travel to Antarctica. We sent Mary, Noel, Paul, and Julie to explore scientific wonders from McMurdo to the Pole. Learn all about the extreme science being conducted at the South Pole in a daily dispatch from Terra Australis Incognita! McMurdo Station is the American staging area for Antarctic research. At the edge of Ross Island, off the coast of the continent, a small town of workers feed, house, prepare, supply, fuel, transport, and protect those who conduct field research throughout Antarctica and the surrounding waters. The community numbers 1,000 in the summer and 200 in the winter.
And the community has a garden. In these conditions Watch as Exploratorium staff and local teachers compete for the title of Iron Science Teacher. Today's secret ingredient-dry ice! Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: ping pong balls!