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The research ship “Falcor” is seen at dock Aug. 1, in San Francisco. The $60 million ship funded by a Google executive is setting sail from San Francisco to study a so-called “dead zone” in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea. The ship carries an unmanned submarine that will travel deep into the ocean off Vancouver Island to study an area where all sea life dies each year from a periodic lack of oxygen.

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Google launches research ship

Crew will study ocean mystery SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a “dead zone” in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea off the coast of Washington and Oregon.

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