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Scientists are picking up the pieces after superstorm Sandy swept across the U.S. Atlantic Coast, submerging communities, killing more than 100 people, and leaving tens of thousands without housing and millions without power. In addition to pounding research facilities and disrupting countless experiments and meetings, Sandy presented unprecedented opportunities to measure beaches and shorelines along its expected path for data that would improve computer models that predict coastal flooding and erosion. Other researchers rushed to launch a robotic submarine off the New Jersey coast, providing a rare look at how Sandy reshuffled conditions beneath the ocean's surface.
↵* With reporting by Elizabeth Pennisi, Richard Stone, and Emily Underwood.