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Hear and Now: Project Iceworm's Getting Warmer

Allison Loudermilk

Hear and Now: Project Iceworm's Getting Warmer  HowStuffWorks NOW
Hear and Now: Project Iceworm's Getting Warmer HowStuffWorks NOW

Welcome to the recap for the HowStuffWorks Now podcast! We'll give you a quick taste of what we covered this past week and embed the podcast in this post so you can get the full scoop. You can also watch the videos below if that's more your style.

First up, Jonathan Strickland clued us in on a nuclear base that the U.S. built back in the 1960s during the heart of the Cold War. The idea was to hide the base, codenamed Project Iceworm, under a scientific research center located in Greenland. From the base's icy vantage point, it could easily fire missiles capable of reaching Moscow. Except, ice is tricky. It shifts, and it melts. Ultimately that shifting caused the U.S. to abandon the subterranean base, and the melting, thanks to global warming, might cause the base to reappear again at the end of the century. Here's the related study for further reading.

Next up, host Lauren Vogelbaum took us to Saudi Arabia and briefed us on the state of the country's guardianship system and why some women are petitioning against it. The system, in case you're not familiar with it, dictates that all women have a male legal guardian. Said guardian must give the OK for a Saudi woman to marry and must accompany her (or designate another male) for travel. He's also the one who may be asked to verify whether she has his permission to, say, apply for a job or receive a medical procedure. In September, a petition to get rid of the guardianship system was delivered to Saudi Arabia's king. The petition had garnered 14,682 signatures. The government has not yet responded to the petition.

And lastly, we said goodbye to the groundbreaking, comet-loving Rosetta spacecraft, which the European Space Agency steered into a controlled descent with comet 67P on Friday. Host Robert Lamb highlighted a few of Rosetta's significant achievements in its bold quest to help us untangle how our solar system began.

Intrigued? Listen to the podcast embedded here or grab it on your favorite podcasting service. And, as ever, if you like what you hear, please subscribe