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Science at the Center of the Storm
December 16, 2008
Six days before Hurricane Ike--the third most destructive hurricane in U.S. history--crashed into the Texas coast, on land, teams of scientists, technologists and emergency coordinators were feverishly working on what would be one of the greatest scientific experiments of their lives.
Texas Advanced Compter Center, University of Texas, Austin
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