On a frigid day at Hatcher Pass, north of Anchorage, Alaska, cross-country skier Holly Brooks glides up to a start line.
This race is just a practice with her Alaska Pacific University teammates. It's a chance for Brooks to test her skills before heading to Europe for the busy World Cup season, and then to Sochi in February for the Winter Olympics. Brooks is now a seasoned member of the U.S. Ski Team, but a little more than four years ago, she was on the sidelines.
Should they or shouldn't they? That's the question Brazilians are asking themselves after Edward Snowden's "open letter" lauding Brazil's role in protecting privacy rights and alluding to his hand in uncovering spying on their president.
Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education, and tax cuts to help create jobs.
Morrie Fisher drinks at Mawson Station, an Australian base in East Antarctica, in 1957. Apparently, these sorts of amusements tend to pop up when you're bored in a barren landscape.
Credit Courtesy of the Australian Antarctic Division
Adelie penguins dot the landscape. These penguins often approached early polar explorers with little trepidation, only to wind up as dinner.
Credit Jason C. Anthony / Courtesy of the artist
Frank Wild — Ernest Shackleton's second-in-command on the <em>Endurance</em> voyage — and M.H. Moyes slay a Weddell seal.
Credit Frank Wild / courtesy of the National Library of Australia
Lunch break is no picnic in Antarctica, during a 56-day storm. Wind-blown snow pelted Will Steger and his 1989-1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, the first to cross the continent — 3,741 miles — by dogsled.
Credit Courtesy of Will Steger
Adm. Richard Byrd at the Advance Base in 1934. The American decided to spend a few Antarctic months alone with his thoughts there. Bad idea: He didn't really know how to cook, author Jason Anthony writes, and his stove and generator gave him carbon monoxide poisoning.
Credit Courtesy of the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program
Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:24 pm
If the icy blast of polar air that's descended upon much of the U.S. over the last couple of days has you reaching for the cookie jar for comfort — and ready to give up on those New Year's resolutions — then seriously? It's time to toughen up. Just think: At least you're not in the Antarctic.
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