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U of M opens cool new research centre

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The University of Manitoba has officially opened a $15 million Arctic research centre director David Barber says is unique.

The Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility — named after the former premier of the Northwest Territories — is lodged on two floors of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources.

But it also includes the Arctic research ship Amundsen, and will enable more than 100 scientists and grad students to examine what climate change is doing to sea ice at a molecular level, something no other Arctic research facility can do, Barber said.

U of M president David Barnard said the facility houses scientists "whose discoveries are vitally important to the future of the planet."

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