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El Niño is becoming more active

Corals, tree rings, and sediment cores

A new approach to analyzing paleo-climate reconstructions of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon resolves disagreements and reveals that ENSO activity during the 20th century has been unusually high compared to the past 600 years. The results are published in Climate of the Past by a team of scientists from the University of New South Wales, the University of Hawai‘i at ... Read More »

Scientists find unusual new species in Kilauea caldera

Bacteria

Scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have formally described an unusual new species found so far in only one cave in Kilauea Caldera on Hawaii Island. “We cultivated a new cyanobacterium from an almost 100-year-old lava cave in volcanically active Kilauea Caldera,” said Associate Professor Stuart Donachie in the Department of Microbiology at the College of Natural Sciences.  “This species has ... Read More »

Remotely operated vehicle Lu‘ukai joins ocean exploration fleet

Remotely Operated Vehicle

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) held a ceremony this week to name and launch operations on a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will extend the vertical reach to 6000-m, over 3 miles, deep for ocean exploration in the state and throughout the Pacific Basin.  The Lu‘ukai, meaning “sea diver,” will comple­ment the capabilities of the existing ... Read More »

Remembering astronomer George Herbig (1920–2013)

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Dr. George H. Herbig, astronomer emeritus at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, has died at the age of 93. He joined the faculty of the UH Institute for Astronomy in 1987 after a long and distinguished career at the Lick Observatory, now part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, ... Read More »

Steven Stanley wins top national honor for research in paleontology

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Dr. Steven M. Stanley of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Geology and Geophysics is the recipient of the 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Penrose Medal, the society’s highest honor. This medal, which is awarded for eminent research in pure geology, was presented at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, at an awards ceremony on October ... Read More »

Long-term study links box jellyfish abundance, environmental variability

Box jellyfish (Alatina moseri)

You can almost set your watch to it. A familiar sight to beachgoers, the box jellyfish Alatina moseri is known for showing up in big numbers on Waikīkī Beach 8 to 12 days after each full moon. Continuing a pioneering jellyfish beach count effort initiated in the 1980s by Honolulu lifeguard Landy Blair, researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have ... Read More »

World ocean systems undermined by climate change by 2100

Spear fisherman

An ambitious new study describes the full chain of events by which ocean biogeochemical changes triggered by manmade greenhouse gas emissions may cascade through marine habitats and organisms, penetrating to the deep ocean and eventually influencing humans. Previous analyses have focused mainly on ocean warming and acidification, considerably underestimating the biological and social consequences of climate change.  Factoring in predictable ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Robotic vessel to help in times of disaster

UH unmanned port security vehicle

The University of Hawai‘i’s Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) is a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance. The UPSV was designed and built in Hawaii by UH researchers, students and contractors. UH Principal Investigator Brian Bingham demonstrated the vessel’s capabilities at Honolulu Harbor ... Read More »

UH scientist wins international Ocean Challenge

Ruth Gates

Build a better reef, and the world will beat a path to your shore. A marine biologist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) has won an international competition by proposing to develop stocks of corals with an extended functional range and resilience to the more acidic and warmer conditions predicted for the oceans ... Read More »

Roger Ames wins Confucius Culture Award

Roger Ames

Roger T. Ames, professor of philosophy, received the Confucius Culture Award at the 2013 World Congress of Confucianism in Beijing. A beautiful new video documentary prepared by UH Mānoa’s Center for Chinese Studies celebrates Ames’ lifetime of scholarly achievement. The “Confucius Culture Award” was established by the Ministry of Culture and the Shandong provincial government and is awarded at the World Congress ... Read More »

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