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    After two rounds of judging, a grand-prize winner has been selected for the 2016 Summer Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 138 researchers conducting 29 projects across 12 DEVELOP locations. Read More +
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    NOAA’s 2016 Ocean Acidification Cruise was an unprecedented voyage with scientists collaborating to understand a changing ocean environment. Read More +
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