Monthly Archives: August 2011

Seizing earthquake risk exploration

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The year was 1944.  The place: Tonankai, near the south coast of western Honshu.  The event: A historic 8.1 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 1,200 people and destroyed more than 73,000 homes.  This catastrophic event spurred scientists to research … Continue reading

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Mining the deep blue sea

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In today’s progressively developing world, consumption of energy and materials is at an all-time high, prompting an increase in demand for minerals, metals and fossil fuels. The high cost and infrastructure associated with mining these vast deposits often hamper efforts … Continue reading

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Testing tsunami loads

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Civil and environmental engineering doctoral student Yuriy Mikhaylov’s research on tsunami-resistant structures is now more important than ever given the destruction of this year’s devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan.   Mikhaylov first became interested in design of structures during … Continue reading

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Charting new space frontiers

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Although NASA’s space shuttle program may have come to an end, the excitement has not dwindled for researchers and faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who have been actively involved in the exploration of the Solar System for … Continue reading

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Fueled by a cell

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Imagine powering your car with a fuel that doesn’t pollute and will never be depleted.  In a state-of-the-art test lab in downtown Honolulu, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa researchers are turning such a dream into a revved-up reality. The Hawai‘i … Continue reading

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Trash talk, or charting marine debris

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When a huge tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake on March 11, 2001, destroyed coastal towns near Sendai in Japan—washing houses and cars into the swirling sea—the amount of marine debris generated from the catastrophic event was comparable to … Continue reading

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All things Hawaiian

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When UH Mānoa Dean Maenette Ah Nee-Benham is asked about her vision for Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, she says she looks no further than Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, the loʻi or taro patch, located a stone’s throw away from … Continue reading

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Battling a deadly cancer

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A generous gift to the UH Cancer Center is helping researchers uncover clues to one of the world’s deadliest cancer. Mesothelioma, whose cells line the chest and abdominal cavities, is also one of the most aggressive and difficult cancers to … Continue reading

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Feature: Mastering business in Vietnam

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On Tra My Nguyen’s desk is a photo of her cradling the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Vietnam executive MBA diploma that she holds dear to her heart. “I am very proud of this photo,” she says. “It is a … Continue reading

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Linking genomes to biomes

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It may be one of the “newer kids on the block,” but the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) in UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology has already established itself as a leader in … Continue reading

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