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UH scientists scrutinize first aid for man o’ war stings

In recent decades, trusted first aid resources have recommended stings from man o’ war (Physalia species) be treated differently from other jellies. But when researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa dug into the scientific literature, they found scant evidence to support such individualized first aid. Adding to a recent push for evidence-based sting treatments, members of the Pacific …

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Snow in Hawaiʻi: What does the future hold?

Daydreams of the tropical paradise of Hawaiʻi rarely include snow in the imagery, but nearly every year, a beautiful white blanket covers the highest peaks in the state for at least a few days. However, systematic observations of snowfall and the snow cover dimensions on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are practically nonexistent. A group of climate modelers led by …

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UH grad student studies star formation in Antarctica

Casey Honniball, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa masters student in geology and geophysics, spent her winter break at NASA’s Antarctica McMurdo Station. She is studying the life cycle of the interstellar medium and trying to connect the dots between molecular clouds and star formation. Her advice to girls who wish to study science is to follow your passion and …

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Lack of resources prevents marine protected areas from realizing full potential

Megan Barnes, researcher in the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, co-authored a paper assessing the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) and offering strategies to increase their ability to protect and increase the abundance of sea life. The findings were published in the journal Nature. MPAs are a very popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but the new …

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Deepest ocean observatory celebrates ten years of operation

The ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO), the deepest operating ocean observatory on the planet that provides power and internet communications to scientific instruments on the seafloor, recently celebrated 10 years of operations. The development and deployment of the nearly 3-mile deep observatory was led by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and supported by grants from …

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SOEST formalizes research and academic collaboration with Tohoku University

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Tohoku University formalized a collaborative research and academic program on March 23. School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Dean Brian Taylor and Tohoku School of Science Dean Tadahiro Hayasaka signed the agreement, which will last for a five-year period with an option of renewal in 2022. Expanding horizons The new …

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$170M in convention business generated by College of Engineering

College of Engineering Elele award Congratulations to the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering for winning the 2017 Hawaii Convention Center ‘Elele Organization of the Year for generating $170M in convention business! #engineering Posted by University of Hawai‘i News on Friday, March 31, 2017 Since the Hawaiʻi Convention Center opened in 1998, the College of Engineering at the …

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Importance of coastal water quality to recreational beach users

Coasts around the world are threatened by land-based pollutants, including sewage, which affect water quality, coastal habitats and human experiences. To capture the value people place on the coastal environment, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ecological economist Kirsten L.L. Oleson and student Marcus Peng recently published a study in the journal Ecological Economics. The study, “Beach Recreationalists’ Willingness to Pay …

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Viruses in the oceanic basement

A team of scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology showed for the first time that many novel viruses are present in the fluids circulating deep in the rocky crust of the seafloor known as the ocean basement. Their recently published study also provides evidence that the viruses are actively infecting …

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As sea level rises, Honolulu and Waikiki vulnerable to groundwater inundation

New research from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa reveals a large part of the the heavily urbanized area of Honolulu and Waikīkī is at risk of groundwater inundation—flooding that occurs as groundwater is lifted above the ground surface due to sea level rise. Shellie Habel, lead author of the study and doctoral student in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, School of Ocean …

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