Category: Science

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Civil Geeks: Learning to Live with Vog

My latest “Civil Geeks” column features a new website designed to help Hawaii residents cope with life downwind of an active volcano. The website — along with a booklet of frequently asked questions, a brochure and poster about protecting yourself...

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Geek Beat: Conservation and Cultivation

The latest Geek Beat segment is inspired by the World Conservation Congress, held in Hawaii and the U.S. for the first time in more than 60 years. In addition to the IUCN event, we...

Civil Geeks: Virtues of Venomous Creatures

Civil Geeks: Virtues of Venomous Creatures

I got to interview one of my favorite scientists for my latest “Civil Geeks” column. Christie Wilcox is a beloved and respective science blogger and communicator who recently published her first book. “Venomous: How...

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Civil Geeks: Exoplanetpalooza

Astronomers in Hawaii play a critical role in the search for planets orbiting stars beyond our own solar system. My latest “Civil Geeks” column explores a recent sky survey that identified over 100 new...

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Kona Science Cafe Serves Up Martian Medicine

With human space exploration ambitions now focused on Mars, scientists are tackling the myriad challenges that will face astronauts making the 200 million mile (or so) journey. Tomorrow, a doctor will explore how medical...

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Boosting Big Island Access to Astronomy

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo is one of my favorite places to visit when I’m visiting my favorite town on Earth. Aimed at kids and students as much as tourists, it beautifully illustrates...

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Shipping Vessels Join Tsunami Detection Network

In a unique public-private partnership, commercial ocean-crossing ships will play a practical and affordable role in detecting and tracking potentially destructive tsunami headed toward Hawaii. The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)...

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Science Writer Sam Kean Speaks Friday

One of the nation’s leading contemporary science writers will be the featured guest at a book talk hosted by Hawaii Pacific University on Friday. Sam Kean is perhaps best known for his 2010 bestselling novel The Disappearing...

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Astronomers to Explore ‘Extreme Solar Systems’

As solar systems go, the one we live in is pretty boring. In the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” by the great Douglas Adams, our neighborhood was described as being “far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end...

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Keck Observatory Marks 25 Years of World-Class Astronomy

On Tuesday, the elder of the twin telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its “first light” operations perched atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. The milestone comes as the...

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Kona Meetup to Explore Science Outreach in Pictures

Good science is important, but it’s notoriously hard to explain. Even though scientists may be doing groundbreaking research, they sometimes struggle to capture the attention — let alone the comprehension — of the average person....

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Student Opportunities in STEM Showcased at KCC

Students at Kapiolani Community College will be presented with a veritable feast of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math on Thursday at the school’s 6th annual STEM Expo. Nearly two dozen exhibitors will...