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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 »

Study shows link between solar storms, dropped cell phone calls

Sun storm

If your cell phone is dropping calls, the problem may be radio waves from the sun. Our nearest star sometimes unleashes huge eruptions of hot gas, called solar storms, that carry billions of tons of matter in our direction. These storms can be accompanied by solar radio bursts, which can damage many of the technologies that we rely on in ... Read More »

Extrusive volcanism formed the Hawaiian Islands, study determines

Hawaii islands 3-D graphic

Before this work, most scientists thought that Hawaiian volcanoes grew primarily internally – by magma intruding into rock and solidifying before it reaches the surface.  While this type of growth does occur, along Kilauea’s East Rift Zone (ERZ), for example, it does not appear to be representative of the overall history of how the Hawaiian Islands formed.  Previous estimates of ... Read More »

James Brewbaker to receive crop science society award

James Brewbaker

Veteran University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa plant breeder and corn expert James Brewbaker has been selected to receive the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Presidential Award. Brewbaker is a member of the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). The CSSA Presidential Award recognizes outstanding contributions to crop science ... Read More »

Dean Maria Gallo named one of 11 national crop science fellows

Maria Gallo

Maria Gallo, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and director of research and cooperative extension, has been named a Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellow for 2013. The international science organization will present its highest honor to Gallo and 10 others from across North America on November 6, 2013, during its annual meeting in Tampa, ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Satellite built by UH students headed to space

Cubesat program manager

A team of engineering students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has built a satellite and it is headed to space. “You know there is some anxiety but I think more than anything, more than happiness, it is relief,” said Larry Martin, a UH Mānoa graduate student and project program manager. “It’s finally going to be in the end ... Read More »

Jellyfish research leads to ‘sting stopper’ for Nyad’s Cuba-to-Florida swim

Jellyfish researcher

“The Jellyfish Lady.”  That’s the way the DISCOVERY CHANNEL is currently describing Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai`i. The intrepid biomedical researcher is regularly featured in news articles and scientific documentaries, which recognize her as one of the world’s most accomplished experts in box jellyfish. Dr. Yanagihara has developed ... Read More »

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