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Unique seashell reference collection digitized by UH Museum Consortium

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The University of Hawaiʻi Museum Consortium has completed the digitization of a unique natural science specimen collection from UH Mānoa’s Anthropology Department’s Archaeology laboratory. “The collection is fairly comprehensive for much of the archeological shell midden material commonly found in the Hawaiian landscape,” said Dr. Michael Thomas of the UH Museum Consortium. Beachcombers and citizen scientists will also find the ... Read More »

Global warming and really big tomatoes

Hope Jahren

Could a dramatic increase in atmospheric CO2 fuel tremendous increases in agricultural productivity and fight hunger? The general consensus among scientists holds that global warming and higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) will hurt poor nations the most. Hotter temperatures, rising seas, and more extreme weather patterns will impact countries in the tropical and sub-tropical regions where poverty is ... Read More »

Western painted turtle genome decoded

Western Painted Turtle

UH Mānoa scientist helped uncover the evolutionary history behind common turtle’s novel traits Scientists have recently decoded the genome of the Western Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta bellii, one of the most widespread, abundant and well-studied turtles in North America. This freshwater turtle is only the second reptile species for which complete genome sequences have been assembled and analyzed, behind the ... Read More »

The changing nature of coral reefs

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Warming oceans and other environmental disturbances are highlighting key differences in the resistance of coral species to stress Is biodiversity always a good survival tool? The answer may be a qualified “no.” Ruth Gates, a marine biologist at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, has spent a quarter of a century studying corals and coral reefs. Gates focuses on the ... Read More »

Graduate student named nation’s top electrical engineering student

Larry K. Martin, a UH Manoa electrical engineering graduate student, has been named the winner of the 2011-12 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Award, recognizing him as the most outstanding electrical engineering student in the nation. Martin, who graduated with his BS in electrical engineering from UH Manoa in Fall 2011, was ... Read More »

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