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Meet Barrow scientist and Ice Stories blogger Steve Hastings, who is investigating how the tundra responds to climate change. What exactly is the tundra? How can vegetation, no more than 3 inches tall, play such an important role in the world's climate? Why does the tundra release so much CO2?
The Exploratorium's remote crew has landed in Barrow, AK, to showcase the vast array of science being conducted at this northernmost tip of the continent. Join us for this introduction to Barrow: where is it? why are so many scientists here? why are May and June such important times? In this video, ride in a special Mattracks truck across the ice sheet with geologist Christina Riesselman as she travels with ANDRILL Staff Scientist Richard Levy from McMurdo Station to the ANDRILL drill site. They investigate the truck’s special wheels, observe beautiful panoramas of the Transantarctic Mountains, and hear the drill running at the drill site. Join us as UC Berkeley's Dr. Robert Levenson interviews acclaimed psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman about his 40 years of research into the universality of human facial expressions. The talk includes photographs and never-before-seen footage from Dr. Ekman's fieldwork among the Fore, an isolated New Guinea tribe he first visited in the early 1960s. Join us for more conversation with David Ainley and other researchers studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Scientists at Palmer Research Station in Antarctica talk about their research: How is the rich marine ecosystem just offshore responding to melting sea ice and global climate change? Join us in conversation with David Ainley and other researchers, as they wrap up there field season at the Adelie penguin breeding colonies in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Penn State University glaciologist Dr. Richard Alley explains why ice is cool. Footage of a small gray whale in the Chukchi Sea near the Barrow shoreline. Dr. Tejal Desai of UCSF talks about the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine, an area of research that has dramatic implications for the future. It could lead to artificially engineered tissues, or more effective drug delivery. It could also result in new kinds of health monitoring devices, as Dr. Thomas Murray, from the Hastings Center, explains.