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‘Reach for the Stars’ at UH on Dec. 10

December 2nd, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Education, Events, Science, Technology

A former astronaut turned renowned physicist and a project manager from NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission will be in Hawaii next week. They will both be featured at “Reach for the Stars,” a special public event hosted at the University of Hawaii on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Loren W. Acton flew on Space Shuttle Mission STS-51-F in 1985, orbiting […]

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Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

October 25th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Environment, Science

The slow-moving Puna lava flow crossed its first road in Puna, a long-anticipated milestone in a creeping natural disaster that has been unfolding since June 27. With the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Iselle in August fresh in their minds, the folks at Hawaiian Electric Light Co. hatched a plan to try and protect their electric […]

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Agripharmatech: From Weeds to Medicine

September 25th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Science, Technology

For the first time in six years and over 300 shows, Bytemarks Cafe escaped from the basement studio at Hawaii Public Radio and headed out into the field to record on location. Burt and I headed over to Windward Community College to learn about the new agripharmatech program. We spent the full hour with Dr. Inge White and her […]

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Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

June 27th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Science, Social Media, The Web

The title of the research paper is certainly scholarly. In “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” the results of a “massive experiment on Facebook” were published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. They showed that moods can spread on the network like a disease by exposing some users to more […]

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Hawaii Geek Beat: Space Apps

May 6th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Science, Technology, Video

Space, the final frontier, was the theme of this week’s appearance on Hawaii News Now, chosen in honor of UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko. Filippenko, who is known worldwide for his scientific achievements as well as his efforts to bring astrophysics to the masses, will be our guest on Bytemarks Cafe tomorrow afternoon, and is the […]

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More Income, More Trees

June 4th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Environment, Science, The Web

The wealthier the city, the thicker the trees. So writes Tim de Chant of the ‘Per Square Mile‘ blog, focused on density and geography. In ‘Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality,’ he cites a 2007 study: They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. […]

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Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

April 27th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Family, Science

This Sunday brings the annual Institute for Astronomy Open House in Manoa. As a science-positive geek dad, it’s one of my favorite family events, and you can browse photos I took last year on Flickr. There are many hands-on activities, from dry ice comet making to sunspot observing, informative displays, and several expert talks. It’s a […]

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The Explosive History of Kilauea

December 16th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Environment, Hawaii, Science

My family and I love the Big Island. We visit as often as we can, particularly over the New Year’s holiday. That’s not happening this year, unfortunately, making me especially wistful for Hawaii County. But while we won’t be able to vacation in the cool, lush rainforests of Volcano Village, a story in the news […]

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Island Middle School Students Shine in D.C.

October 7th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Science, Technology, The Web

Two middle school students from Kailua and Hilo represented the Aloha State in a national science competition earlier this week. Winners and finalists in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade from across the country attended at a black-tie gala at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C on Tuesday. Robert Heckman, a 14-year-old Kailua Intermediate […]

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Local Nerd Nets $10,000 Scholarship

November 5th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Blogs, Science, The Web

Congratulations to local science blogger Christie Wilcox, author of “Observations of a Nerd,” for winning a $10,000 scholarship from College Scholarships.org. Wilcox is pursuing her PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The award was announced today, and came after ten days of public voting. Wilcox was the clear […]

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