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At the South Pole, the Ice Stories crew met up with correspondent Zoe Courville just before she and her team embarked on their 3,000 km traverse across the desolate and frigid East Antarctic Ice Sheet. In this video, Zoe gives us a tour of the vehicles they are taking on their cross-continent journey, including their living module, sleeping quarters, and science sled. A short visit with the inspiring Jane Wolff. She is an artist, landscape architect, educator, and author of 'Delta Primer: a field guide to the California Delta.' What makes one individual "fitter" than another? Staff scientist Karen Kalumuck introduces natural selection, then four teams of "predators" compete with each other for prey.Who will thrive and who will face extinction? Filmmaker Douglas Gayeton talks about the making of his film, "Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey" following a "mixed-reality" screening at the Exploratorium and on Exploratorium Island in the virtual world, Second Life, part of Cinema Arts event Fabricated Realities. Walter Kitundu, 2008 MacArthur Fellow and longtime Exploratorium friend, is an accomplished instrument builder, musician and artist. He is also a dedicated bird watcher and photographer. In this program we accompany Walter on a birdwalk, then have a chat about birds, art, and the perils and rewards of being an urban naturalist. Dr. Christine Carter is a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness. She is the executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the study of happiness, compassion, and altruism. In this program, Dr. Carter speaks about happiness, altruism, and the inspiring intersection of her personal and professional worlds. View a selection of video clips from three exhibits that are part of the new Outdoor Exploratorium collection at Fort Mason. You might be surprised to know that water is one of the most scarce resources in Antarctica. Why do the hands on clocks go "clockwise?" Seems like a circular definition, but if you looked closely at sundials in the northern hemisphere, you'd notice that the shadow of the sun moves around the sundial in a "clockwise" direction. This was adopted by clock-makers and became the standard we know today.
In the southern hemisphere, the sun's shadow moves around the dial in the opposite direction, so if clocks had been invented there, our watches would move the other way. We speak with biologist David Ainley, who has been studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica for more than 25 years