WIRED breaks down the science of human survival in Antarctica.
Survival, ultimately, is about having enough heat, enough water, and enough food. And when it comes to surviving in Antarctica, you’d naturally think heat is the biggie. Hypothermia and frostbite are a constant threat in any kind of polar undertaking. But freezing to death isn’t actually the biggest risk. “Hypothermia is not normal in people who go to very cold places, provided they are reasonably well-protected,” says Mike Tibton, a physiologist in the Extreme Environments Laboratory at the University of Portsmouth. You can get something called non-freezing cold injury, which damages nerves and vasculature, causing chronic pain and cold sensitivity. Cold sure does make life difficult—but it doesn’t make life impossible.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.