Experts call off search for life in Antarctic lake

December 27, 2012

British scientists have called off the hunt for exotic life in an ice-bound Antarctic lake after their mission was hit by a technical hitch.

Researchers with the had hoped to drill into , which they believe has been frozen over for hundreds of thousands of years, in the hope of finding forms that might provide new insight into the evolution of life on Earth. They also hoped the lake floor's sediments might yield a new record of the Earth's climate.

But the project had to be called off following difficulties with drilling. A statement posted to the survey's website on Thursday said the operation had been canceled, and it was not clear if or when the scientists would try again.

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3 / 5 (2) Dec 27, 2012
"Difficulties with drilling"?

The British Antarctic Society seems to be in political trouble.
See http://www.telegr...cry.html .
3 / 5 (2) Dec 28, 2012
Conservatives in England share their opposition to science and reason with their Republican counterparts in the U.S.

This is one of the reasons why England continues to shrink in global stature, and is now one of the worlds smaller pip-squeek nations.

France is more respectable, and has a greater global standing.

2.1 / 5 (7) Dec 31, 2012
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Conservatives in England share their opposition to science and reason with their Republican counterparts in the U.S.
And likewise the case with the so called 'Liberal' party in Australia, the chief opposition leader is Tony Abbott, a keen believer in the bible, resistant to the idea of AGW until recently and even then without any sort of focus/concern - more a 'ho hum' attitude as if the jury is still out but doesn't say so explicitly. Whats worse is the IQ of him and a couple of his party members on the bench in parliament appears congruent with those of Michelle Bachmann in USA with just as much predisposition to vitriol and misunderstanding of the disciplines in Science and closely related philosophy of evidence/experimentation etc...

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