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KHNL: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks


By JAMEY KEATENAssociated Press GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sp

Source: KHNL: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331260/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=fI2pZ1h).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jamey Keaten (Associated Press).

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The announcement was timed for World Obesity Day. The World Health Organization says obesity in the world more than doubled between 1980-2014, when 40 percent of people globally were overweight.

WHO says tax regulating power could cut the consumption of sugary drinks, sports drinks, and even 100 percent fruit juices, which have been implicated in diabetes, obesity, toot decay, and even cancer.  WHO believes lower consumption of sugar could lead to  reduced health costs and save lives.


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UH-Hilo science and technology program receives $1M in funding | Hawaii 24/7


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released $1 million from the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program to fund the fourth year of a climate change research…

Source: UH-Hilo science and technology program receives $1M in funding | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/03/uh-hilo-science-and-technology-program-receives-1m-in-funding).

Accessed on 04 October 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

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University of Hawaii at Hilo researchers and graduate students will be kept busy this coming year, thanks to a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The money will be used to support “the fourth year of a climate change research project undertaken by the University of Hawaii at Hilo…”  The project involves three research teams led by Patrick Hart, a professor in the Department of Biology.


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Subaru astronomer spots fireball over Mauna Kea, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, September 30, 2016 – Google Search


Source: Subaru astronomer spots fireball over Mauna Kea, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, September 30, 2016 – Google Search (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/subaru-astronomer-spots-fireball-over-mauna-kea-hawaii-tribune-herald-september-30-2016-google-search).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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This must have been quite a sight.  A routine equipment check by Subaru astronomer Ichi Tanaka on 20 September 2016 turned into something rare and beautiful. As he was checking out sky conditions atop Mauna Kea, “a meteor hit the atmosphere and burned its way across the sky.” Tanaka said the flash of light “was so striking” that it “could have been a fireball:  a meteor that appears as bright as the planet Venus.”

Fortunately, the fireball was captured zipping across the sky by the University of Hawaii telescope’s “All-Sky Camera”.  Subaru spokeswoman Saeko Hayashi said the image looked like a “heavenly Cheshire cat.”


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UKIRT presentation at Imiloa Astronomy Center Saturday (Sept 17) | Hawaii 24/7


“I will talk about the latest results on the most distant galaxies, how the supermassive black holes that power quasars grow with time and how UKIRT helps find Earth-like planets in the habitable z…

Source: UKIRT presentation at Imiloa Astronomy Center Saturday (Sept 17) | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/09/11/ukirt-presentation-at-imiloa-astronomy-center-saturday-sept-17).

Accessed on 12 September 2016, 00:10 hrs, UTC.

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This should be a real treat for the entire family.  DR. Richard Green, the Director of UKIRT Observatory, will discuss some of the work being done atop the Mauna Kea summit by his staff.  Among the topics Dr. Green will review are facts about distant galaxies, the creation and expansion of supermassive black holes and quasars, and how astronomers find Earth-like planets within the habitable zones of nearby stars.  For more information about this adventure in deep space, call the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at (808)-932-8907.


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More students to view the stars; UH-Hilo undergrads allotted telescope time | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Astronomy students won’t have to wait until graduate school to use one of Hawaii’s telescopes.

Source: More students to view the stars; UH-Hilo undergrads allotted telescope time | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/local-news/more-student-view-stars-uh-hilo-undergrads-alloted-telescope-time).

Accessed on 30 July 2016, 18:43 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Good news for UH-Hilo students students studying astronomy.  The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy at UH-Manoa has agreed to give up to 16 nights of observing time annually atop the Mauna Kea summit to undergraduate students at UH-Hilo.

IfA director Guenther Hasinger tells reporter Tom Callis the decision is a bit unusual for an undergraduate astronomy program to be given dedicated time at a major observatory.  Hasinger adds that observing time is normally based on “the caliber of research.”  Hasinger agrees that the move is a great idea, saying “From my point of view, it is absolutely necessary to have a very strong astronomy program in Hilo…we want to ground the telescopes in the community.”

Hasinger says the decision comes partly from the planned decommissioning of UH-Hilo’s Hoku Kea teaching telescope on Mauna Kea.  Although a new telescope has been ordered, “it lacks a permanent location.”

Marianne Takamiya, the chairwoman of UH-Hilo’s physics and astronomy department, says students “likely will be working with a faculty member for their viewing time.”  Takamiya believes the hands-on learning experience will give her students “an edge when applying for jobs.”


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Earth-like planets found?


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Accessed on 18 July 2016, 19:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Thanks to a cooperative venture involving the Kepler Space Telescope, the Gemini and Keck Observatories atop Mauna Kea, the University of Hawaii, and researchers from seven countries, astronomers have added 104 new exoplanets to the scientific data base.

When new planets are detected crossing their host star or stars by the Kepler Space Telescope, the Gemini and Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea “provide additional analysis of these objects or make confirmations.”

Of particular interest are four rocky, earth-like planets orbiting a star known as Kepler-78.  The four potentially earth-like worlds are between 20 and 50 percent larger than Earth.  These planets orbit the fairly dim Kepler-78 star in orbits “closer than Mercury orbits our sun.”

UH-Manoa astronomer Anthony Howard says “because the star is far less powerful than our own, two of the planets could be within the habitable range for that solar system…that means they could harbor life.”

Howard said the star being studied is about 400 light years from Earth.  Howard added that “finding exoplanets also helps researchers understand how solar systems form and why some have multiple planets so close to their star.”


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33 sickened in apparent mass drug overdose in New York City


More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana..

Source: 33 sickened in apparent mass drug overdose in New York City (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com).

Accessed on 13 July 2016, 06:39 hrs, UTC.

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Such a waste of life.  Apparently, K2 or synthetic marijuana is becoming the drug of choice for some thrill seekers in the Big Apple.  Health officials and police are warning that the chemical substitute for marijuana can cause serious health problems, even death.  A cautionary tale for all of us.


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