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Hōkūleʻa crew and UH researchers explore Great Barrier Reef

Hokulea Great Barrier Reef

Three key University of Hawaiʻi staff contributed to Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa’s exploration and research at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in June. Chad Kalepa Baybayan is a master navigator and serves as astronomer in residence at UH’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island. UH graduate assistant Haunani Kane is serving as Hōkūleʻa’s assistant navigator. UH researcher Ruth Gates, an ...

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Deep sea sharks are buoyant

Shark with tag

Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Tokyo revealed that two species of deep-sea sharks, sixgill and prickly sharks, are positively buoyant—they have to work harder to swim downward than up and they can glide uphill for minutes at a time without using their tails. Their results were published in a recent study,“Unexpected Positive Buoyancy in ...

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Study finds 24/7 Dad curriculum helps fathers gain skills and happiness

Dad and son1

Just in time for Father’s Day, family researcher Selva Lewin-Bizan has released the preliminary results of an evaluation of a fatherhood program conducted in Hawaiʻi, showing that men who attend the program are likely to improve their parenting skills, knowledge, attitudes and family relationships. Lewin-Bizan is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Center on the Family in the UH Mānoa College of ...

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[VIDEO] Third HI-SEAS mission accomplished

Zak Wilson

On Saturday, June 13, looking pale but smiling broadly, the six crew members of the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation or HI-SEAS mission emerged from the dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa where they had been isolated for eight months. Led by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, this third NASA-funded HI-SEAS mission was meant to simulate what ...

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Plants may run out of time to grow under ongoing climate change

Corn at Waimanalo Research Station Open House

A key potential “benefit” of global warming — namely, that plants at northern latitudes will thrive in a warmer world — is challenged by a new study released by University of Hawai’i scientists. The prevailing assumption ignores the fact that plants in the North will remain limited by solar radiation, curbing positive effects of warming and additional CO2 availability. In ...

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[VIDEO] Fast-Fill hydrogen fueling station enabling zero emission transportation

Hydrogen filling station

The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) has commissioned a “Fast-Fill” high-pressure hydrogen fueling station at the Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay. This state-of-the-art station was developed to support a fleet of General Motors Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) leased by the Office of Naval Research for use by Marine Corps and Navy personnel on O‘ahu. Operational since ...

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Professor Brian Bowen receives prestigious 2015 Kobe Award

Brian Bowen

Dr. Brian Bowen, research professor at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program funded researcher, was awarded the 2015 Kobe Award for lifetime achievement in aquatic biology. The award, established in 2011 by Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, is given to only one scientist each year in honor of his or her considerable ...

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UH Manoa and Hawaii Biotech join forces to develop an Ebola vaccine

Dr. Alex Lehrer

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Hawaii Biotech, Inc. (HBI) have agreed to partner in the clinical development of a Filovirus vaccine. The first generation recombinant subunit vaccine is aimed at providing protection against infection by the Ebola virus. There are currently no vaccines licensed for use against Ebola Virus Disease and ...

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2015 Regents Medals for Excellence in Research

Manoa Awards

Location, location, location. Hawaii makes all the difference for the three scientists recognized with this year’s Regents’ Medals for Excellence in Research. For Assistant Professor Robert Thomson, in the Department of Biology within the College of Natural Sciences, the opportunity to work in one of the world’s most important hot spots of diversity was a huge draw to UH. “Because UH ...

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Comet Wild 2: A window into the birth of the solar system?

Comet Wild 2

Our solar system, and other planetary systems, started as a disk of microscopic dust, gas and ice around the young Sun. The amazing diversity of objects in the solar system today—the planets, moons, asteroids and comets—was made from this primitive dust. NASA’s Stardust mission returned to Earth with samples of comet Wild 2, a comet that originated outside the orbit ...

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