Invading the icebox
The above picture is taken from the USS Honolulu, a Los Angeles Class, Fast Attack Submarine. The pictures reportedly were taken approximately 280 miles from the North Pole. This is another example of human insistence on exploring all the uninhabitable parts of our planet. This is possible thanks to incredible technologies. Many people are hoping that technologies will also provide solutions to our increasing energy and food supply problems. But as some technologies get us into trouble with our environment (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/climate/) it is hoped others will save us. Are we running simply to stand still?
For a more philosophical debate on the impacts of technology read the lecture by Professor David Newland of Cambridge University, 'Technology-saviour or servant?' at http://www2.eng.cam.ac.uk/~den/CHRIST_AND_THE_COSMOS.pdf .