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Luke Flynn recognized as governor’s award nominee

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Luke Flynn has been selected as the university’s nominee for the Governor’s Award for Distinguished State Service as Employee of the Year. The award honors the state’s executive branch employees and managers who exemplify the highest caliber of public service and dedication to serving the people of Hawaiʻi. As the director of the Hawaiʻi Space …

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Mysteries of the Universe to be answered by Belle II experiment

At the beginning of the universe there were equal quantities of matter and anti-matter and yet 13.7 billion years later, the universe is completely dominated by matter. How did this happen? Asymmetries in the interactions of fundamental matter particles and their anti-matter counterparts are likely to be responsible for the matter dominance of the universe and our own existence. However, …

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Growing Hawaiʻi’s next generation of astronomers

Hawaiʻi’s leading academic institutions formalized an educational partnership designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s high schoolers into one of the world’s most advanced observatory communities. The Maunakea Scholars program helps aspiring astronomers envision their potential of pursuing a career in STEM-related fields. It is the first program of its kind internationally to allocate observing time at major observatories for the direct educational …

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Mānoa researchers awarded Board of Regents’ medals

The 2017 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research was awarded to Christoph J. Baranec, James Dean Brown and Jeffrey R. Kuhn. The research medal is awarded by the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. Regents’ medal honorees Christoph J. Baranec …

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HI-SEAS Mission V Mars simulation marks midway point

After four months of living in a Mars-like environment, the six HI-SEAS Mission V crewmembers have hit the halfway mark. They have learned to deal with challenges such as a 20-minute communications delay, gearing up in hazmat suits to explore the geologic features of the landing site and cooking with dehydrated food. “The midpoint is an interesting time in the …

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Listening for neutrinos at the bottom of the world

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is located in a lush paradise, but professor Peter Gorham’s work takes him to the frozen expanse of a faraway continent searching for the elusive neutrino, a tiny particle capable of traveling at light speed, with ANITA. “ANITA stands for the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna,” said Gorham, professor of physics and astronomy. “It flies …

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HI-SEAS Mission V team tests NASA instrument

Video courtesy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/HI-SEAS  On the rust-colored north flank of one of Earth’s largest volcanoes, a backpack-sized instrument monitors the atmosphere and, at the same time, helps set the stage for possible human exploration of other worlds. Designed and built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the instrument tracks levels of methane and carbon dioxide, two …

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Project Imua team looking forward to third rocket launch

A team of University of Hawaʻi community college students gathered at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in August 2016 to launch scientific experiments they had designed and built into space. A NASA videographer documented their journey. Project Imua is a joint faculty-student enterprise of four UH community college campuses (Honolulu, Kapiʻolani, Kauaʻi and Windward Community College). Its primary mission …

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How bright is the future of space food?

Research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa could play a major role in NASA’s goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and …

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