Category Archives: Story of the Week

Unparalleled views

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Ask most people about Hawai‘i, and sun, surf and beaches may readily come to mind.  But ask individuals who are fascinated by the field of astronomy about the islands, and their eyes will light up for an entirely different reason. … Continue reading

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Leading diverse cancer research

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Since cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, the research undertaken by the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center is even more critical and compelling.  One of the Center’s largest and most ethnically diverse … Continue reading

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Turning waste into resource

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The sustainability movement is pushing forward in new directions, with innovative concepts being developed by researchers around the globe.  Among them is Michael Cooney, an associate researcher with the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) at the University of Hawai‘i at … Continue reading

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Solving an image problem

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Anyone who’s ever had a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan knows the daunting procedure.  The patient must lie completely still in a tomb-like MRI chamber for up to 45 minutes while the head or body is scanned for medical diagnostic … Continue reading

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Breaking down plastics

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In a world where plastic bags and plastic bottles are consumed in the millions annually, the fight to reduce such waste seems a daunting battle. Consumers are doing their part by becoming more socially aware about these environmental issues and … Continue reading

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Joining doctors and nurses

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  The first-ever, joint training of UH Mānoa nursing and medical students was a distinct hit with students. Comments during a talk-story session included a nursing student saying she learned, “Doctors are people, too, not just super-human robots who know … Continue reading

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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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