Under the Microscope
7:48 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Winter wheat farmers face pressure; new ballooning record set in Antarctica

An aerial view of farmland affected by the drought in northeastern Colorado in July 2012. Green circles show irrigated crops next to yellowed, dryland wheat fields.
Lance Cheung USDA

This week, we'll hear how some winter wheat farmers are faring in the new year, and talk to a researcher that helped set a new ballooning record in Antarctica.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:25 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New ballooning record set in Antarctica

John E. Ward, Ryan Murphy, Thomas Hams and Sean Fitzsimmons are part of the skeletal team still in Antarctica as the Southern Hemisphere winter approaches.
Washington University

Scientists set a new ballooning record Wednesday in Antarctica. The two-ton Super TIGER balloon has now been afloat for over 45 days, breaking the previous record on the frozen continent. The balloon carries equipment that collects data about cosmic rays from deep in the universe.

Ryan Murphy is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, and he is part of the science team in Antarctica. He spoke with KRCU's Jacob McCleland.

What exactly is Super TIGER and what’s it doing?

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