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Miniature, skipperless boats sailing toward Europe

Students from several Maine schools are tracking unmanned boats on a long, slow journey toward Europe.

The students built the five-foot-long sailboats and equipped them with GPS tracking systems. The crew of a Brazilian freighter dropped them off in the Caribbean and students will track them online as they make their way into and across the Atlantic Ocean.

It's a hands-on way to study wind patterns and ocean currents.

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