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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 »

Visualization expert Jason Leigh is key new UH Innovation Initiative hire

Jason Leigh

In a big boost to the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative (HI2), visualization expert Jason Leigh will be joining the Information & Computer Science (ICS) Department at UH Mānoa in Spring 2014. Leigh is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL) and Software Technologies Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he ... Read More »

A strange lonely planet found without a star

Artist's conception of PSO J318.5-22

An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago—a newborn in planet lifetimes. It was identified from its faint and ... Read More »

Study in Nature reveals urgent new time frame for climate change

Anthias & Gorgonian

Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift. Camilo Mora and colleagues in the College of Social Sciences’ Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have developed one such time frame. The study, entitled “The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability,” will be published in ... Read More »

Waves a dominant force in Hawai‘i shoreline habitat creation

Hawaii Shoreline

It all started with the question, “Why are Hawaiian rocky shores so different than those in California or Maine?”  This simple question led to a novel methodology to classify shorelines worldwide, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. For biologists with one toe in the water, the ... Read More »

JABSOM awarded $18.4 million to fund Hawai`i Statewide Research and Education Partnership

JABSOM researchers

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has been awarded $18.4 million over five years for a “Hawai`i Statewide Research and Education Partnership” (HISREP) under the IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Robert Nichols. The Program Coordinator is Dr. ... Read More »

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