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On a lazy Tuesday evening, after a potluck of colorful carrots, cucumber salad, cantaloupe and chili, students gathered around under the shadow of an old plum tree. Vicki Watson, a spry woman with an earthy touch, pointed out the knotted hammock underneath the tree, with several ripe plums s…

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Walking into the University of Montana’s Modular Data Center, an unassuming building tucked away on the northeasternmost edge of campus, is like entering the Death Star, or some equally impressive and confusing techy conglomerate. Fans whir loudly and lights blink at random intervals. The wa…