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The Halley Research Station in Antarctica is run by the British Antarctic Survey. The station is used to conduct research into meteorology, glaciology, seismology, radio astronomy, and geospace science.
Recently, the program began focusing on anthropogenic climate change. Halley provides vital information for a global understanding of ozone depletion, polar atmospheric chemistry, sea-level rise and climate change.
The station is mobile, but will likely remain in place for years to come. It took four years to build, and delivered its first scientific research in 2012.
About 20 to 70 people work and live at the station throughout the year, depending on the season.
- Background on living, working, research, history, the weather, and even a webcam: here
- Curious about Halley’s governing institution, the British Antarctic Survey? Go here
- Want a job at Halley station?! Click: Job Vacancies
- More on the modular design: here
- I enjoyed reading the profiles of the station’s variety of vehicles, including Snowmobiles, Sno-Cats, Bulldozers, Cranes, and Tractors with sno-tracks
About the architects. The station was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, which specializes in extreme environment engineering for unique clients.
Our approach requires us to exercise the lateral thinking abilities of an architect to the full, taking us into new territories, exploring new forms of construction and drawing upon the full breadth of available technologies from a vast array of industries. This is epitomised by the success of our work for extreme environments, where we are one of the global leaders in the design of scientific research facilities in the Polar Regions. Via HBA
Why fly when you can wheel yourself around on a little blue buggy? Andrew Gray, a University of Florida electrical- and computer-engineering student, designed this incredibly awesome Bird Buggy for his parrot named Pepper, who cleverly steers it with a joystick held in his beak. This creation of this ingenious device came about because Pepper hates to be left alone and makes a great fuss whenever it happens.
“Our parrot, when he’s left alone, screams. It’s ear-piercing even if you’re several rooms away.” To alleviate the squawking, Gray built a small cart Pepper can drive easily with his beak. It’s a distraction to give the grey plumed bird something to occupy his time. Sure enough, Pepper took to cruising around on four wheels, driving the small, boxy blue buggy by way of a beak-steered joystick control. Suddenly the bird is a whole lot quieter.
What’s more, the Bird Buggy uses cameras and a homing device mounted in its docking station, to park and recharge itself if Pepper decides to abandon his ride.