Filipino American scientist Blaise Kuo Tiong (pictured here third from the right NSF/S. Lidstrom) gave up the warm tropical weather of the Philippines for the frigid temperatures of the South Pole, reports Rappler.
He is at the South Pole Neutrino Observatory since November studying massless sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos.
While working in the cold is a challenge, Tiong says its not the biggest obstacle.
“Your body naturally adapts to it,” Tiong said speaking about the temperatures. “Actually the thing that affects most people is the altitude. We’re here at almost 12000 feet and the first thing when you get here is you can barely do your work because you’re short of breath. But gradually you get used to it and it’s not so bad.”
He also enjoys working alone, not having anyone to depend on except his partner.
“There’s nobody here, you’re cut off to the rest of the world. I think everybody would say that that is the appeal, that’s why we’re here, because of that. You have to rely on your own, not on other people to solve situations that can come up.”
You can read more about Tiong’s fascinating adventures in Rappler.