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From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus

Malassezia sp.

A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to even further global reaches—including Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents. A review in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens considers the diversity, ecology and distribution of the fungi of the genus Malassezia in light of new insights ... Read More »

Three University of Hawai‘i scientists selected for Mars 2020 rover instrument teams

Journey to Mars

NASA announced the selection of seven science instruments to be included on the Mars 2020 rover. Three scientists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) will be members on the instrument teams to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. The new rover will carry sophisticated ... Read More »

Is Hawai‘i prepared for the impacts of climate change?

Spear fisherman

The Hawaiian Islands represent a wide diversity of ecosystems and environments, including areas of breathtaking natural beauty as well as densely populated coastal cities. These unique environments are already changing under the influence of climate change from the effects of increasing temperatures, decreasing rainfall, rising seas, coastal erosion, land use and development changes, and increasing demands on our natural resources. ... Read More »

Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury

Fish market

New measurements from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant. Fishery stock “substitutions”—which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin—are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to new research by University of ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Cyber-CANOE to explore worlds of data in 3-D

Jason Leigh

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is now a leader in data visualization. “Which is basically techniques for turning data, into imagery, to help people make sense of these large amounts of data,” said Jason Leigh, a UH Mānoa computer science professor. UH’s new prominence in the futuristic field is thanks to the successful recruitment of Leigh, the university’s second ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Touring C-MORE with ThinkTech Hawaii

Planktonic microbes

OC16 Hosts Duke Oihsio and Ali Yamashita discover the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education building at UH Mānoa, with Director Dave Karl. C-MORE Hale was the first LEED Platinum building in the state of Hawai‘i for a laboratory facility. Learn more about C-MORE: http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/ Read More »

CTAHR showcases 20 years of sustainable and organic research and practice at Waimanalo Research Station

Opening pule at Waimanalo Research Station Open House

The Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) at the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resouces (CTAHR) held an Organic Field Day at the college’s Waimanalo Research Station on Saturday, July 26. This event and a Legislators’ Open House the day before drew more than 100 visitors, with presentations and demonstrations by around 30 members of the CTAHR ‘ohana. ... Read More »

Rapid warming of the Atlantic is source of recent Pacific climate trends

Waves crashing over roadway

UH Mānoa climate scientists have partnered with Australian colleagues to solve a puzzle that has challenged scientists for over a decade. Climate models predict that the equatorial Pacific trades should weaken with increasing greenhouse gases. Yet, since the early 1990s, satellites and climate stations reveal a rapid and unprecedented strengthening of the Pacific trade winds, accelerating sea level rise in the ... Read More »

Laser-wielding robot probes exoplanet systems

Robo-AO laser

An international team, including Dr. Christoph Baranec of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy, is using the world’s first robotic laser adaptive optics system—Robo-AO— to explore thousands of exoplanet systems (planets around other stars) at resolutions approaching those of the Hubble Space Telescope. The results, which shed light on the formation of exotic exoplanet systems and confirm ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Ocean expedition maps Loihi’s deepest reaches

R/V Falkor

The Lōʻihi Seamount is an active underwater volcano just over a half-mile below the ocean’s surface, 21 miles southeast of the island of Hawaiʻi. Now there is a greater understanding of the youngest volcano in the Hawaiian island chain, and the role submerged volcanoes play in Earth’s history, after a scientific expedition in the summer of 2014 led by researchers ... Read More »

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