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Quest Picks: Bay Area connections to the South Pole

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Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

As the sun shines and the air warms in the Bay Area, take a moment to consider a place where it's always cold–the South Pole. Thanks to some local folk, we can get a taste of the science at the bottom of the earth without leaving balmy San Francisco.

Berkeley graduate student Michaelangelo D'Agostino blogs about his trip south for the Economist. D'Agostino chronicles the stages of his journey, from New Zealand to the station, and what day-to-day life is like at -24 degrees Celsius.

SF's own Exploratorium brings Antarctic scientists, live, to your computer monitor. In the webcasts, archived so you can watch any time,
scientists explain their research on everything from penguins and glaciers to neutrinos. The also have dispatches, updates from the scientists as they go about their work.

Amber Dance is the Quest Intern and a science communication student at UC Santa Cruz.


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Amber Dance

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Amber Dance is an intern for QUEST. She earned her Ph.D in Biology at UC San Diego, and before that studied the subject at Brown University. Amber grew up in State College, Pennsylvania. She was always interested in science, pestering her mother with dozens of "why" questions. While at UCSD, she discovered there are people who make their careers writing about scientific discoveries. Determined to join their ranks, she interned at the Los Angeles Times and is currently a science communication student at UC Santa Cruz. She delights in showing up after all the difficult experiments are finished, and being the one to share the discoveries with regular people. As the winter QUEST intern, Amber is taking the opportunity to learn all about broadcast. After this year, she hopes to finally have enough education and start working.