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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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Gulf Oil Spill Would Dwarf O’ahu

May 11th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Science, The Web

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a massive environmental disaster that is still unfolding. But even as the catastrophe is dominating headlines across the country, it’s hard to wrap your brain around the scale of the spill. Recent reports say the oil slick now covers 2,500 square miles of ocean… but how big is that? […]

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Sci-Tech Day Offers Alternative to Furlough Friday

April 28th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Hawaii, Science, Technology

The state’s “Furlough Friday” calendar has locked Hawaii students out of classrooms and created the shortest school year in the nation. But this Friday, April 30, middle school students (in grades 6th through 8th) have a unique opportunity to continue learning, and expand their familiarity with science and technology, through Sci-Tech Day. The free, full-day […]

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Meet the Stargazers on Sunday

March 31st, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Family, Hawaii, Science

The University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy is holding its annual Open House this Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event is a special one, as it’s part of a global “100 Hours of Astronomy” celebration. This year, 2009, is the “International Year of Astronomy,” marking the 400th anniversary of […]

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Nawahi Crater on Mercury

November 27th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Science, Technology

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been officially named in honor of a historic Hawaiian painter. Nawahi Crater, located in Mercury’s Calloris Basin, gets its name from native Hawaiian artist Joseph Kaho’oluhi Nawahiokalaniopu’u. It’s one of fifteen names announced last week by NASA’s MESSENGER mission, which marks the first visit to […]

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Saturday is Museum Day

September 21st, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Art, Events, Family, Hawaii, Science

There’s only one thing better than getting into several island museums for the price of one: when the price of admission is free.  This Saturday, Sept. 27 brings “Museum Day,” sponsored by Smithsonian magazine. That means free admission at ten participating museums in Hawaii (and dozens of museums across the country). On Oahu, you can […]

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