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Ice Stories:  Clockwise (Clip)
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00:00:55
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.

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Date: January 12, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: sun, astronomy

Links: Dispatch: Clockwise

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Ice Stories:  Adelie Penguins (Webcast)
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00:46:44
We speak with biologist David Ainley, who has been studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica for more than 25 years

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 4, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Sciences/Biology

Keywords: penguins, adelie, ainley, population, ross sea

Links: Project: Ross Sea Penguins

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Ice Stories:  Antarctica, McMurdo, Williams Field, Basler take-off (Clip)
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A Kenn Borek Basler (Turbo DC-3) taxis, takes-off, and flies low back over the field at Williams Airfield outside McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Date: January 3, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science,

Keywords: antarctica, mcmurdo, transportation, aviation, airplane, kenn borek, basler, turbo dc-3, take-off, fly-over


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Ice Stories:  POLENET (Polar Earth Observing Network) (Webcast)
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00:07:06
Our Exploratorium team talks to scientists from POLENET (Polar Earth Observing Network).

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 2, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: glaciers, dry, desert, snow, mcmurdo, antarctica, ecology

Links: Project: Pulse of the Poles

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Ice Stories:  Antarctica, McMurdo, Williams Field, Basler (Turbo DC-3) (Clip)
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00:01:21
Kenn Borek Basler(s) (more accurately called a Turbo DC-3) at the Williams Field which services McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 2, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science,

Keywords: antarctica, mcmurdo, transportation, aviation, airplane, kenn borek, basler, turbo dc-3, williams, willy field


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Ice Stories:  Glaciers and the Simple Life in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys (Clip)
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00:04:28
In this interview from in front of the Canada Glacier in Antarctica’s Taylor Valley, Hassan Basagic from Portland State University describes the essential role of polar glaciers in supporting the bare-bones ecosystems in the Dry Valleys.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 31, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: dry valleys, antarctica, ecology, ecosystem, glaciers, canada glacier, taylor valley, ice

Links: Dispatch: Glaciers and the Simple Life in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys

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Ice Stories:  Tour of the South Pole Telescope (Webcast)
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00:15:33
UC Berkeley astrophysicist Bill Holzapfel takes us on a tour of the South Pole Telescope and explains how it is unlocking the secrets of the Universe.

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Date: December 30, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: antarctica, south pole telescope, astronomy, space, south pole, universe, astrophysics

Links: Project: South Pole Telescope

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Ice Stories:  NOAA South Pole Atmospheric Research Observatory (Webcast)
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We tour the NOAA Atmospheric Research Observatory at the South Pole where scientists are monitoring carbon dioxide levels, CFCs, solar radiation, and the ozone hole.

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Date: December 30, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: noaa, atmospheric research observatory, south pole, solar radiation, cfc's, carbon dioxide, climate change, ozone hole

Links: The South Pole Observatory Homepage

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International Rubik's Cube Competition:  International Rubik's Cube Competition 2009 (Clip)
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00:01:47
Watch a few highlights from last year's Rubik's Cube Competition, and get ready to join us here at The Exploratorium on January 18, 2009, from 10am-4:30pm!

Project: International Rubik's Cube Competition | Browse All

Date: December 30, 2008
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
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Keywords: international rubik's cube competition


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Ice Stories:  Visit to Shackleton's Hut (Webcast)
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00:49:29
Our intrepid Exploratorium team shares experiences from their visit to Shackleton's hut. This hut is at Cape Royds, where Shackleton mounted an expedition to the South Pole and made a first ascent of Mt. Erebus.

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Date: December 28, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science, History

Keywords: historic, discovery, hut, mcmurdo, exploration


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