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Mideast Pirates Give Oceanographers Pause

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Science  10 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5532, pp. 1033
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5532.1033a

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Two U.S. research institutions have confirmed to Science that they are stepping up security aboard research vessels plying certain Middle Eastern waters in response to growing piracy and terrorism. Officials at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, say they have hired shipboard "security consultants" to deter high-seas attacks.