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Whiteout

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

A release date of September 19 has been set for the “Whiteout” movie, starring Kate Beckinsale as a U.S. Marshall investigating a murder in Antarctica. It is based on Greg Rucka’s comic of the same name.

Judging from the production stills it is another Antarctica movie with pretty people in clean parkas. Oh well, hopefully this one is better than the terrible made-for-TV “Icebound”.

BICEP Calibration at -90F

Monday, May 19th, 2008

A few days ago the skies were all clear and it was time to run another polarization calibration schedule. This requires to change the configuration of some of the outside parts of the telescope.

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Egg Oiling

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Yesterday it was time for the annual egg oiling. Keeps them fresh longer, unless we run out of course. These days they come pre-oiled but we give them another oiling and turn them upside down. We’ll see how long they last this year. Egg Oiling

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NPR’s “A Bright Spot of Life on the Icy Continent”

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

NPR’s “Weekend Edition” had a very nice story about the South Pole, featuring, among others, our very own Paddy Douglas. There are great South Pole sound bites in the story.