Week 6 at the Pole

It’s still light outside, but winter at the South Pole is fast approaching.  There were both arrivals and departures last week, and we can see that the departures (above) well outnumbered the arrivals (below).  At this point, all the winterovers who will remain on station for this winter have arrived, and team building activities are […]

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Congratulations, Carlos Argüelles, 2021 Sloan Research Fellow!

IceCube collaborator and Harvard physics professor Carlos A. Argüelles Delgado has been selected as a 2021 Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation publicly announced this year’s fellows today. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The two-year fellowships are awarded every […]

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Week 5 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole, the fuel arrived.  A lot of it!  It takes a lot of fuel to keep things operating all year long in this extreme environment, and like any other cargo, all that fuel must be transported in some way to this remote locale.  That’s where SPOT—the South Pole Overland Traverse—comes in.  […]

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Week 4 at the Pole

If you want to take inventory of a shipping container’s contents, you have to get inside first.  And if your container is at the South Pole, that can mean moving a whole lot of snow.  As we’ve said before, for a place that’s essentially a winter desert, there’s a lot of snow accumulation at the […]

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Week 3 at the Pole

So much activity at the Pole last week. A game of dodgeball is just the thing to provide practice for the emergency response team. First, they have to don their full gear in under two minutes before they can pick up a ball for their team. Then, they have to play dodgeball.  It’s a workout.  […]

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Week 2 at the Pole

It doesn’t snow much at the South Pole but there is lots of snow that accumulates there, and sometimes it needs to be moved.  Such was the case last week, when a digging crew was put to the task of removing old field equipment from another South Pole experiment, ARIANNA, a proof of concept for […]

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Neutrino astronomy and glaciology meet at IceCube’s Polar Science Workshop

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory has a uniquely close relationship with ice. The telescope needs ice—and a lot of it—to detect the astrophysical neutrinos it was built to study. In fact, most of IceCube’s instruments are embedded in a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole. Construction of the detector required drilling 2.5 kilometers straight […]

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