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Nations lean on Pacific Disaster Center to prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma—Estimated Wind Impacts map.

Already deadly Hurricane Irma, is raging as a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic. Forecast to hit the Florida coast within just a few days as one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded Atlantic history, Irma continues to pack record-breaking maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts of up to 224 mph. To support the countless local, national and regional responders, …

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Student Natalie Kamada awarded childhood cancer research grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is one of only 21 universities this year awarded a St. Baldrick’s Foundation summer research grant to fight childhood cancer. This month, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced it is providing $105,000—in grants of $5,000 each—to support summer research fellowships. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Natalie Kamada, who is in the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program, will spend the …

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Who lives longer: Hawaiʻi life expectancies examined

The life expectancy at birth in Hawaiʻi in 2010 was 82.4 years, 3.7 years higher than the national average for the total U.S. population (78.7 years) according to a study by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers Yan Yan Wu, Kathryn Braun and Lynne Wilkens. Hawaiʻi 2010 life expectancy was also higher than for U.S.-dwelling Caucasians (78.9) and African Americans …

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Abundant and diverse ecosystem found in area targeted for deep-sea mining

In a study published in Scientific Reports, scientists discovered impressive abundance and diversity among the creatures living on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ)—an area in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining. The study, lead authored by Diva Amon, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and …

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UHERO forecast: Growing in a riskier world

According to the newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report, Hawaiʻi continues on a moderate growth path despite financial market volatility, a surging dollar and global slowing. Record-setting levels of visitor activity are beginning to feel the adverse effects, but construction strength and a pause in federal sequestration have arrived at just the right time. While risks have …

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Three UH marine mammals will continue research role at Sea Life Park

Three marine mammals that have been involved in hearing and underwater noise studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for more than 20 years have been relocated to Sea Life Park. Kina, a 40-year-old female Pseudorca; Boris, a 26-year-old male Tursiops and BJ, a 29-year-old female Tursiops, came to UH with Paul Nachtigall in 1993, when he founded the …

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Three-planet system holds clues to atmospheres of Earth-size worlds

Kepler spacecraft

Extrasolar planets are being discovered by the hundreds, but are any of these newfound worlds really like Earth? A planetary system recently discovered by the Kepler spacecraft will help resolve this question. The system of three planets, each just larger than Earth, orbits a nearby star called EPIC 201367065. The three planets are 1.5 to 2 times the size of Earth, …

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Marketing professor named one of world’s most influential by Thomson Reuters

Stephen Vargo

Shidler College of Business Marketing Professor Stephen L. Vargo was named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014 by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  The UH Mānoa faculty member earned the distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that were most frequently cited by researchers. Vargo is one of …

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Hunting monsters…with sound

Infrasound data

UH Mānoa’s Milton Garces has contributed a new essay to the Sounding Out blog’s “Hearing the Unheard” series.  The story highlights Garces’ research work in infrasound, low-frequency sounds in the atmosphere that are inaudible to the human ear, but can carry for thousands of kilometers.  Infrasound has a variety of important and practical applications including its use in detecting secret missile …

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Is Hawai‘i prepared for the impacts of climate change?

Spear fisherman

The Hawaiian Islands represent a wide diversity of ecosystems and environments, including areas of breathtaking natural beauty as well as densely populated coastal cities. These unique environments are already changing under the influence of climate change from the effects of increasing temperatures, decreasing rainfall, rising seas, coastal erosion, land use and development changes, and increasing demands on our natural resources. …

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