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Hawaii’s first Facebook: Library digitizes Honolulu Advertiser’s forerunner

Banner Headline for Pacific Commercial Advertiser

The UH Library has announced new additions to the open-access archive of 19th and early 20th century English language newspapers published in Hawaiʻi, offering a glimpse into the lives of Hawaiʻi residents more than a century ago. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (PCA), first published in 1856, began as a bilingual weekly with a Hawaiian section, Ka Hoku Loa O Hawaiʻi ... Read More »

Sea-level rise drives shoreline retreat in Hawaii, study reveals

Coastal erosion

Sea-level rise (SLR) has been isolated as a principal cause of coastal erosion in Hawaiʻi. Differing rates of relative SLR on the islands of Oʻahu and Maui remain as the best explanation for the difference in island-wide shoreline trends (that is, beach erosion or accretion) after examining other influences on shoreline change including waves, sediment supply and littoral processes, and ... Read More »

Submarine canyons a source of marine invertebrate diversity, abundance

submarine canyons

Submarine canyons play an important role in maintaining high levels of biodiversity of small invertebrates in the seafloor sediments of the main and northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to research from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. What’s more, scientists have used this data to draw new connections between the levels of faunal diversity and the heterogeneity of submarine canyon landscapes ... Read More »

Ocean fish acquire more mercury at depth

Anela-opah-auction-web

Mercury—a common industrial toxin—is carried through the atmosphere before settling on the ocean and entering the marine food web. Now, exciting new research from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) combines biogeochemistry and direct marine ecology observations to show how the global mercury cycle is colliding ... Read More »

Vassilis Syrmos named VP for Research and Innovation

Vassilis Syrmos

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Vassilis Syrmos has been appointed to serve as the first Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) of the University of Hawai‘i System. The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approved Symos’ appointment at its meeting today at Windward Community College. UH Board of Regents Chairman John Holzman said, ... Read More »

New method of estimating fish movements underwater

Monitoring Station - Close Up

How do you track a fish? There’s no “Google Maps” for finding fish. The radio signals that are the backbone of traditional GPS cannot pass through seawater. But sound travels remarkably well, so scientists often use acoustic telemetry to estimate an individual fish’s location. That means attaching an acoustic transmitter to a fish and then using a network of stationary ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Groundbreaking held for Kanewai Cultural Resource Center

Blessing at groundbreaking ceremony

Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai Cultural Garden at the UH Mānoa campus recently held a groundbreaking ceremony on August 20 for its new Cultural Resource Center on Dole Street next to the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Kānewai successfully secured a $670,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build ... Read More »

Mars food mission researchers return to Earth

simulated space walk

Six researchers who spent more than 100 days inside a remote habitat to simulate a long-duration space journey have finally returned to Earth. About 700 applicants vied for six spots in the HI-SEAS mission, which began in April and concluded on August 13. These Earth-based researchers have been living and working like astronauts, including suiting up in space gear whenever ... Read More »

International biomedical collaboration produces ‘glowing green rabbits’

Green baby rabbits

Using an active transgenesis technique founded by medical researchers at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, scientists in Turkey have produced glowing green rabbits. This is the first time the UH technique has been used to produce rabbits. The transgenic rabbits were born last week at the University of Istanbul. In normal lighting, they look just like their furry, white ... Read More »

Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow

Calving Glacier

Future warming from fossil fuel burning could be more intense and longer-lasting than previously thought. This prediction emerges from a new study by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographer Richard Zeebe, who includes insights from episodes of climate change in the geologic past to inform projections of man-made future climate change. The study is published in the Proceedings of the ... Read More »

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