Talk to the Antarctic Explorer Who's Drilling Through Miles of Solid Ice

This November, a team from the British Antarctic Survey will spend three days boring through two miles of Antarctic ice sheet into a small sub-glacial lake in search of wildly new forms of live. They'll be able to do so thanks to a unique hot water drill designed and built, in part, by Mechanical Engineer Andy Webb. » 8/20/12 12:00pm 8/20/12 12:00pm

This Drill Will Expose an Antarctic Lake Buried for 500,000 Years

Lake Ellsworth lies buried under nearly two miles of Antarctic ice, cut off from the rest of the world since before the dawn of man. Who knows what sort of exotic life has evolved in the frigid darkness over those hundreds of thousands of years? A British exploration team aims to find out. And this drill will get… » 8/20/12 11:30am 8/20/12 11:30am