Here's a further update regarding SAIC's latest program (based in Antarctica of all places), taken directly from LEIDOS' own website:
"The program goals include: understanding the region and how its ecosystems depend on the polar environment; understanding its effects on (and responses to) global processes such as climate; and using the region as a platform for fundamental research in every scientific discipline. Antarctica's remoteness and extreme climate make it a unique and natural laboratory environment [emphasis mine--RG]."
Indeed! John W. Campbell, author of the Antarctica-based 1938 short story upon which the film THE THING (all three versions) were based, would no doubt agree....
To read more, click HERE.
(Thanks to Chris Wolford for the tip!)