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New Arctic Research Vessel Ready to Make a Splash

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Science  12 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6104, pp. 183
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6104.183

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Polar researchers will soon have their own ride to the icy waters of the Bering Sea and points north. After more than a decade of hitchhiking aboard the Healy, a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker that doubles as a research vessel, marine scientists are celebrating the launch this weekend of the Sikuliaq, a $200 million, nearly 80-meter ship owned by the U.S. National Science Foundation.