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Decision looms on future for British polar research

Press reports say the world famous British Antarctic Survey is doomed. A petition to save Britain's polar heritage does the rounds. Captain Scott must be turning in his icy grave.
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Staff at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) celebrate Midwinters Day today. Celebrated as the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, Midwinters day is the shortest and darkest day for the 40 BAS staff currently working at its four wintering research stations in Antarctica. It is the time of the year in Antarctica when things slow down a little, so staff celebrate with a trip away from station (weather permitting) and a festive meal.
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Antarctic Monument is unveiled in Cambridge

A memorial to polar explorers and scientists who died in Antarctica has been unveiled in Cambridge.
The Antarctic Monument is situated in the gardens of the Scott Polar Research Institute in the city.

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Monument in memory of Britons lost in Antarctica unveiled

A memorial monument dedicated to Britons who lost their lives in the service of science in Antarctica was unveiled in Cambridge on 12 May 2011.
The monument - an arc over three metres high and carved from British oak, designed by sculptor Oliver Barratt - was installed in the gardens of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) in Cambridge. At the base of the monument, there is the following inscription: "For those who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all".

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Vehicles on show before heading to Antarctica
Heavy-duty vehicles set to be shipped to the Antarctic went on show in Cambridge this week. British Antarctic Survey showcased its unique fleet of vehicles at its offices in Cambridge. All are built to withstand temperatures as low as -50C. Equipment included cranes, excavators and Sno-cat mobile transporters equipped with special escape hatches in case they fall through the ice.

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The British Antarctic Survey is looking for a plumber to service its Bird Island research station in Antarctica.
While there will be no call-out charge, frozen pipes and maintaining heating in temperatures of -20C will certainly keep the successful applicant busy.
The 22,340 salary may be low by UK standards, but accommodation is provided and living costs are next-to-nothing, the research group says.

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Tractors, snowmobiles and other vehicles that have seen active service in one of the most remote places on earth go on sale this week. They've been used to support British Antarctic Survey's science facilities at Halley and Rothera research stations. They are available to purchase through competitive tender.

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