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Scientists hack ocean-buoy tech to aid Marines in Afghanistan

A U.S. Marine deploys an XMET system at a forward operating base in Afghanistan. (Credit: U.S. Marine Corps) LA JOLLA, Calif. -- If you want to know how U.S. Marines stationed deep in the desert of Afghanistan get highly accurate real-time weather reports, you have only to look to this stunning seaside town and some of its leading ocean scientists. What started as a Marine's random comment about needing better weather forecasting because of the dangers of flying in extreme desert conditions quickly led to the development of a tool that can be set up just about anywhere by a couple of Marines in minutes.
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