13 December 2010
December is the month when everyone runs around trying to tie up loose ends before the winter break. Frustratingly, many of us have had problems getting in to work as the transport system has struggled to cope with the snow, but our minor battles were put into perspective when the Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions, received a call from the Moon Regan team on 2 December as they reached the South Pole after traversing 1,500 km in -43 degrees in the Winston Wong Bio-centigrade Inspired Ice Vehicle – a major landmark in their 3,600 mile scientific expedition across Antarctica. Ray Thompson from the Centre described how the team were wearing ‘digital plasters’ designed by scientists in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, which were monitoring their vital signs in the extreme temperatures. Hearing Ray describe the icy Antarctic conditions, I felt grateful that jumpers and ear- muffs suffice in the London climate! Enjoy the break!
— Emily Ross, Communications and Development
To hear Sir Keith’s conversation with the team visit: www3.imperial.ac.uk/news/moonregan