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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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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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KHNL: Team of scientists collects 12 tons of ocean trash in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A team of scientists collected 12 tons of marine trash during a month-long research trip in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that wrapped up last week.That’

Source: KHNL: Team of scientists collects 12 tons of ocean trash in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/cb_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=9vDkFW7c).

Accessed on 22 May 2016, 04:06 hrs, UTC.

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Scientists have been traveling to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument for the past 10 years to study the marine ecosystem and to collect the  marine debris washed ashore on these uninhabited islands.  This past month scientists have collected 12 tons of marine trash during a trip to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  According to KHNL/Hawaii News Now, the debris removal trip has produced “shocking images of mountains of trash on uninhabited Pacific shores, and a better understanding of how ocean currents concentrate trash in particular places.”

The documented instances of trash contamination on these distant shores should serve as a cautionary tale for all of us.  Sooner or later, we will be covered with our own garbage, and endangering the marine ecosystems we depend on for life itself.


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Keck observatory helps discover faint galaxy | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


With some help from a gravitational phenomenon, an international team of scientists say they found a galaxy 13 billion light years away while using the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea.

Source: Keck observatory helps discover faint galaxy | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news-keck-observatory-helps-discover-faint-galaxy).

Accessed on 20 May 2016, 14:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Thanks to a little boost from “gravitational lensing”, a concept advance by Albert Einstein, astronomers at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea have found a small, faint galaxy formed “after the Big Bang when the universe was a mere toddler.”

Astronomer Marc Kasir said the discovery “will help answer one of the fundamental questions surrounding the early universe:  What caused hydrogen gas to go from neutral to ionized 13 billion years ago?”


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Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding | Honolulu Star-Advertiser


WASHINGTON >> After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama’s request for money to combat the Zika virus.

Source: Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding | Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/senate-likely-to-advance-1-1-billion-im-zika-funding).

Accessed on 17 May 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

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After three months of debate and delay, the U.S. Senate will vote today on 3 plans to battle the Zika virus.  The procedural vote “would pave the way to add funds for the government’s response to the Zika virus in an unrelated bill.  The Zika virus is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, because the virus has been linked to serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, hearing deficits, eye problems, and impaired growth.


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Hilo center close to resuming mammograms | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Mammography procedures at the Hilo Women’s Imaging Center are on track to resume in the coming weeks.

Source: Hilo center close to resuming mammograms | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hilo-center-resuming-mammograms).

Accessed on 09 May 2016, 00:37 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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The machines that record mammograms at the Hilo Women’s Imaging Center have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology, thus ending a period in which no mammograms could be taken in the Hilo area.

Dr. David Camacho, a partner and co-owner of Hawaii Radiologic Associates, LTD in Hilo and Kona, told reporter Ivy Ashe that “there are a lot of quality issues with mammograms (so) it’s highly regulated…you’re tweaking it all the time.”  Now that both machines have been inspected and accredited by the ACR, all that remains is for the FDA to certify the machines.

When the recertification process is done, the Hilo center will be open seven days a week to address the backlog of patients.


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