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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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Journey through the Pacific with Voice of the Sea

Every Sunday night from the comfort of their living rooms audiences can hear the Voice of the Sea. Viewers of this popular, half-hour weekly television series are transported throughout the state, and even across the Pacific, to meet extraordinary people who reveal what the ocean tells them. Voice of the Sea airs at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays in Hawaiʻi on …

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UH researchers: Common recommendations can worsen jellyfish stings

Being stung by a jellyfish is one of the fastest ways to ruin a fun day at the beach. But what you do after you’re stung has the potential to make you feel much better or make matters a lot worse. Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa investigated whether commonly recommended first aid actions such as rinsing with seawater or …

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Sustainability advocates gather for higher education summit

The University of Hawaiʻi will hold the 5th Annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit at UH West Oʻahu, March 16–18. This yearʻs summit will explore sustainability through indigenous perspectives and the global dialogue on sustainability. The summit will also focus on the sustainability courses that are taught across all UH campuses—how can UH better coordinate and support student interest in exploring sustainability topics and create curricular …

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Cooperation is key to reduce sediment runoff into West Maui reefs

Coral reefs around the world are threatened by increased runoff of sediment and other land-based pollutants. To address the challenge of managing these pollutants with limited resources, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist Kirsten Oleson and her former graduate students in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Kim Falinski and Joey Lecky, recently published …

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HIMB’s cutting-edge coral reef research featured in film by The Economist

With the world’s corals at risk of extinction, scientists, led by Ruth Gates, director of UH Manoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, are using cutting-edge technology to try to save these planetary treasures. Gates and other researchers at HIMB are featured in a film custom-developed by The Economist Films to open the World Ocean Summit in Bali February 22-24. “We need to …

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Geosciences education grant to boost Native Hawaiian engagement

As part of a statewide collaboration, Windward Community College, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu Community College and Kauaʻi Community College recently have been awarded over $2.6 million for the Partnerships for Geoscience Education project Halau Ola Honua, Our Living World. Objectives of the project are to increase recruitment of Native Hawaiian high school students in science, technology, engineering …

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Live streaming exploration of deepwater areas of Samoa

On February 16, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin its 2017 American Samoa Expedition to explore unknown and poorly known deepwater areas of American Samoa and Samoa, with an emphasis on Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and National Park of American Samoa. The expedition is part of the Campaign …

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Hottest, most buoyant hotspots draw from primordial reservoir deep in the Earth

Earth’s mantle—the layer between the crust and the outer core—is home to a primordial soup even older than the moon. Among the main ingredients is helium-3 (He-3), a vestige of the Big Bang and nuclear fusion reactions in stars. And the mantle is its only terrestrial source. Scientists studying volcanic hotspots, like our Hawaiian Islands, find high helium-3 relative to …

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