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Ocean institute director bemoans lack of science funding

When Susan Avery, director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, looks ahead to when her tenure ends next June, she is both optimistic and downbeat.  



Costa Concordia captain back in court

Francesco Schettino, captain of the infamous Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, claimed Wednesday that his decision to delay evacuation of the stricken ship may actually have saved lives in the 2012 disaster.



California deals with deluge after drought

Rain poured down in California on Tuesday — giving the San Francisco Bay area its fifth-wettest day since 2009 and breaking a Dec. 2 record set in 1961 in Los Angeles — but the much-needed rainfall barely put a dent in the historic drought that has plagued the state.



Bahamas resort offers free wedding — in a shark cage

A Bahamas resort is asking for submissions from couples who want a free wedding on a tropical island, with travel by seaplane and a stay in the honeymoon suite named for Ernest Hemingway — as long as the couple wants to be married in an at-the-dock shark cage with a front-row view of hungry bull sharks arriving for their daily feeding.



Shackleton's legacy reaches new milestone

When famed Irish explorers Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean set foot on the southern Atlantic island of South Georgia in 1916, it was as remote as one could get in the world at that time.



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