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Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of diversity

Giant bristle worm

Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor. During a recent expedition, UH scientists for the first time studied the seafloor communities of glacier dominated fjords along the west Antarctic Peninsula, a region undergoing very rapid climate warming. The scientists expected to ... Read More »

Molokai student: Floating nests for endangered Hawaiian Coot

Artificial floaters for nesting Hawaiian Coots.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering and its Hawaiʻi Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC) are supporting a Molokaʻi High School student in her efforts to protect Hawaiian wildlife. Sarah Jenkins, a junior at Molokaʻi High, has already received recognition for her strong commitment to protecting Hawaiian endangered birds. She placed second overall at the 54th annual Maui ... Read More »

Subaru Telescope reveals growth of galaxies in the early universe

Subaru telescope

Using the Fiber-Multi-Object Spectrograph (FMOS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope, a team of astronomers participating in the Cosmological Evolution Survey (COSMOS) has found that galaxies, over nine billion years ago, provided a nurturing environment for the birth of new stars at remarkable rates while doing so in an orderly manner. “FMOS has clearly revolutionized our ability to study how galaxies ... Read More »

Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) – The hunt begins

Snowmobile Training

Manavi Jadhav, a postdoctoral scholar in the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, is one of eight meteorite hunters who has recently landed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, for the 2013/2014 Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) mission. Writing in the team’s blog on December 6, Jadhav had this to say about their first day at McMurdo: Today was a hectic but ... Read More »

An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from mining

Starfish in deep sea

Five hundred miles southeast of Hawai‘i, in international waters far out of sight of any land, there are vast mineral resources 5,000 meters below the sea. Manganese nodules, rich in commercially valuable mineral resources including nickel, copper, manganese, cobalt and rare-earth elements, overlay a broad swath of the deep-sea floor. It took millions of years to form these deposits. The ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Giant World War II aircraft-carrying submarine discovered off Oahu coast

Pisces V submarine at I-400 Gun Deck

A World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, the I-400, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally scuttled by U.S. forces after its capture, has been discovered in more than 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of O‘ahu.  The discovery resolves a decades-old Cold War mystery of just where the lost submarine lay, and recalls a different era ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Margo Edwards on ThinkTech Hawaii

Margo Edwards

Margo Edwards appeared on Jay Fidell’s ThinkTech Hawaii show on December 2, 2013. She discussed the University of Hawai’i’s Unmanned Port Security Vehicle, a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance. Read More »

Achieving Smart Growth in ‘Ewa, Hawai‘i

Rendering of Kapolei

A University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) article on smart growth and community design in ‘Ewa, Hawaiʻi, is the featured story on the National Sea Grant Office website.  View the full article here. “What we do on land directly impacts the ocean, making sustainable development critical to coastal ocean health,” said Kathryn R. MacDonald, communications specialist in the National ... Read More »

Astronomer Donald Hall named AAAS Fellow

Dr. Donald N. B. Hall

  Dr. Donald N. B. Hall of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. As part of the astronomy section, Hall was elected as an AAAS Fellow “for distinguished contributions to ... Read More »

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