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UH Mānoa hosts Big Data and Big Ideas

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) and a UH-based National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network ECOGEO will host the NSF Science and Technology Center’s directors meeting in August. The meeting will begin on Thursday, August 27 with a morning conference on Big Data and Big Ideas which is open to the public. ...

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UHM ranked 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science

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The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is ranked the 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science according to this year’s Nature Index. Anchored by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), UHM ranked higher than nearly 8,000 other institutions. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a ...

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Research shows catastrophic invertebrate extinction in Hawaiʻi and globally

One of the last remaining amastrid land snail species on O‘ahu: Laminella sanguinea in the Waianae Mountains. (photo credit: Kenneth A. Hayes)

Hawaiʻi has been called the “extinction capital of the world.” But, with the exception of the islands’ birds, there has until now been no accurate assessment of the true level of this catastrophic loss. Invertebrates (insects, snails, spiders, etc.) constitute the vast majority of the species that make up Hawaiʻi’s formerly spectacularly diverse and unique biota. A team of researchers, ...

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Six scientists to spend 365 days in isolation for HI-SEAS simulated Mars trip

Top row, from left: Tristan Bassingthwaighte, Sheyna Gifford and Christiane Heinicke. Bottom row, from left: Carmel Johnston, Cyprien Verseux and Andrzej Stewart. (Photos: University of Hawaii)

The crew that will spend 365 days in isolation in the next Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission has been selected. The six scientists will begin their yearlong stay in the solar powered dome atop Mauna Loa on August 28. It will be the fourth and longest HI-SEAS mission yet in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa research project ...

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Bacteria affects sand more than seawater

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Sewage-contaminated coastal waters can lead to stomach aches, diarrhea and rashes for those who accidentally swallow harmful microbes or come into contact with them. New research recently published in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Environmental Science and Technology sheds light on why fecal contamination affects sand more than water. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor of Civil and ...

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New research uncovers brain circuit in fruit fly that detects anti-aphrodisiac

The decision to mate is influenced by pheromones which are detected by taste and smell. Photo credit: Klaus Dreisewerd and Joanne Yew.

New research, published today in eLife from a researcher at the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC), a newly integrated research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, identified the neural circuit in the brain of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) that is responsible for detecting a taste pheromone, ...

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Deep sea sharks are buoyant

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Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Tokyo revealed that two species of deep-sea sharks, sixgill and prickly sharks, are positively buoyant—they have to work harder to swim downward than up and they can glide uphill for minutes at a time without using their tails. Their results were published in a recent study,“Unexpected Positive Buoyancy in ...

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[VIDEO] Third HI-SEAS mission accomplished

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On Saturday, June 13, looking pale but smiling broadly, the six crew members of the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation or HI-SEAS mission emerged from the dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa where they had been isolated for eight months. Led by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, this third NASA-funded HI-SEAS mission was meant to simulate what ...

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UH Mānoa recognized for excellence in cybersecurity research

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The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). “This designation is demonstrative of the quality and substance of the education the University of Hawaiʻi has to offer, and more importantly underscores justification for additional grant and research capacity ...

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Lake Tahoe research provides new insights on global change

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A recently published study on how natural and man-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic blue lake. “High-elevation lakes, such as Lake Tahoe, are sentinels of climate change,” said Lihini Aluwihare, associate professor of geosciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego ...

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