I only caught a little bit of CERN's webcast today. On Sept. 24th they hosted an event called European Researcher's Night, with live streaming on their website. 100 science students were able to check out CERN's facility and field questions. A thrilling experience for these up and comers, no doubt.
The little of the webcast that I saw included a video conferencing interview with scientists at the south pole, a facility called the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.
In addition to discussing their scientific endevors, the crew at the south pole gave some insight into what daily life at the south pole is like. The 47 man crew had to psychologically endure a winter of pure darkness. The trick to mental health in their case was to remain busy throughout their waking days. Courses were offered by many of the scientists there. A man who spoke Thai instructed a beginners course on the language. A man who could pilot helicopters instructed a classroom course on helicopter piloting. Keeping busy learning helped them tremendously. Regular exercise is promoted, and the accomodations for exercise are ample.
One anecdote I found entertaining explained a habit they have with the sauna. Wearing nothing but shoes and a towel, you jump out of the sauna and quickly run around the designated tip of the south pole, essentially running around the world, and hop quickly back inside. I love hearing stories of scientists just fooling around together!
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