Science: Care & Attention

In human affairs it sometimes happens in efforts to save lives that more lives are lost than those originally at stake. That is what happened last fortnight to Soviet Russia. In the jumbled waste of pack ice east of Greenland four scientists were dangerously drifting on their "'station," a floe which was in constant danger of breaking up (TIME, Feb. 14). For nine months, as they were carried by sea currents southward from the Pole, they had made observations in Arctic meteorology, oceanography, magnetology and marine biology. To help with the rescue, the...