The hunt for MH370

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Science  30 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6187, pp. 947
DOI: 10.1126/science.1255963

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In a world that is increasingly connected, that grows smaller every day, and where so many human actions are exposed to prying eyes, it seems almost incomprehensible that the world's largest twinjet aircraft, with 239 passengers and crew, could vanish for more than 2 months. Determining the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) has become a scientific detective story, emerging through a combination of scientific technologies used to address problems for which they were never designed. The search for MH370 illustrates a humanitarian dividend from past investments in science as searchers attempt to bring closure to the families and friends of the victims of the tragedy.