Stories by Deanne McIntosh

Best solutions, most obvious

Static is a serious problem at New Zealand's Scott Base in Antarctica. During the summer months, when the number of people living and working at the installation swells from a low of nine in winter to a maximum of thirty to forty, phone systems and other electronics get knocked out by the troublesome zap on a regular basis.

Recharging your batteries

Dome A is the coldest place on earth. During Winter temperatures fall to below minus 90 degrees centigrade. And that's before you add in wind chill. Scattered across Antarctica are hundreds of weather stations. They're usually placed in position during the relatively balmy summer, a time when the sun shines for much of the day and the station's batteries can be recharged for the darkness of the winter season.