In a June 1 ceremony at its Narragansett Bay campus, the University of Rhode Island opened the $15 million Ocean Science and Exploration Center and the Pell Marine Science Library, sparkling state-of-the-art facilities that will bring ocean exploration to scientists and students worldwide thanks to cutting-edge technology, reports The Day.  "This exciting building integrates key resources of the Graduate School of Oceanography to strengthen its position as a global leader in the study of the world’s oceans," said URI President Robert L. Carothers. "It will provide a focus for new marine science activities and become a showcase for oceanographic research and discovery." The centerpiece of the 41,000 square-foot facility is the Inner Space Center, which will use a satellite system and Internet2 to make it possible for scientists and students at URI and around the world to participate in deep-sea research expeditions without leaving land. The center will enable scientists ashore to "step aboard" research ships around the world as they use advanced undersea vehicles developed by the Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to explore uncharted regions of the world…

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