Tuesday, April 28, 2009

North Pole: ice 100% thicker than expected

Radio Bremen (in German), April 28th, 2009
... (automatic translation to English)

Surprising results

In Canada, "Polar 5", a research aircraft (see 27 hi-res pictures), has ended its recent Arctic expedition today. During the flight, scientists were measuring the ice thickness in regions that have never been overflown before. The result: the sea ice is apparently thicker than the scientists had suspected.

Under normal conditions, the ice is formed within two years and ends up being slightly above 2 meters of thickness. "Here, the thickness was as high as four meters," said the spokesperson for the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. According to the scientists, this conclusion seems to contradict the warming of the ocean water.

Besides the thickness of ice, the expedition has also investigated the composition of the air. Lasers were used to study the air pollution by emissions from various countries. Within weeks, the results will be evaluated. About 20 scientists from the U.S., Canada, Italy, and Germany participated in the project.

[Well, I guess that you won't hear about this experiment from the journalistic suidae. LM]

Translation from German: LM

Pen Hadow et al.

The resupply still seems very hard. The Catlin Arctic Survey team - that is trying to achieve more modest scientific results than "Polar 5" but with a stronger psychological, religious experience - is already used to food rationing, so another wave of it is no big deal. Moreover, Ann Daniels, a mother of four, has a hoodie that she uses to cry in solitude. That allows her to continue with the (other) religious bigots.

They have lived through a big storm and reduced 6,000 calories per day down to 1,000 calories so that they can survive for a week. Their collaborators will try to send the aircraft again tomorrow, before another storm that will return on Thursday and Friday. The airplane requires clear skies at 7 locations or so (because of refueling etc.).

Vista Service Pack 2 final

Microsoft has finally released (KB 948465) the final RTM version of SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (see Windows Team Blog): as confirmed at KB 955430 (which you should have installed before the service pack), the build number is 6002.18005 i.e. 6.0.6002.18005 (090410.1830). Links to torrents that contain everything you need in any language edition you may have: 32-bit edition (498,781,016 bytes), 64-bit edition (700+ megabytes). Half an hour of installation. See a screenshot with some additional numbers and codes identifying the version.

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