What Is It? #11

What Is It? #11

What Is It? #11 (Click to embiggify)

It’s that time of the week again, where we show you another of tricky photos and ask you – What Is It? This week, the Prof has taken some time off (these lazy academic types!) so I thought I’d give you this offering – another ‘Who Is It’ this time. Answers below, please.

Last week we showed you this photo, and asked you what it is. The answer? It’s a cryobot probe, currently being used by Russian scientists to break through the 2.5 mile thick ice in Antarctica to access ‘Lake Vostok’ which has not seen light between 250,000 and 25,000,000 years. This lake could be sterile and if so means there will be an inexhaustible supply of high oxygenated water. It may be connected to other ‘under ice’ lakes in the region by rivers which means if they contaminate it, they contaminate them all – to the concern of other, non-Russian scientists. Find out more on Lake Vostok.

Winner this week was Hugh Randolph, who was first in with:

Is it a submarine used to explore “frozen” lakes?

Hugh wins for the fastest sort-of-right answer. However, we did also get an exactly-right answer, from Thomas:

It’s a Cryobot, a robot that can burn itself through thick layers of ice.

Well done Hugh and Thomas. Good luck with this week’s!

  1. #1 by Rob on April 25, 2010 - 21:11

    Claude Rael – Founder of Raelian Movement and apparently the beneficiary of a visit by aliens. Also started Clonaid who claimed to have cloned a baby called Eve.

  2. #2 by Marsh on April 25, 2010 - 21:24

    First shot – and it’s a winner!

  3. #3 by Colin H on April 25, 2010 - 22:48

    Nice one! I actually thought it was Paul Simon!

  4. #4 by Michael Gray on April 27, 2010 - 10:19

    Sylvia Browne in the morning?

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