Bookmarks for September 30th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 30th:

  • Moon-crashing probe aimed at bigger target: A NASA spacecraft destined to crash into a moon crater in the hunt for hidden caches of water ice has a new target, the space agency announced Monday.
  • UH gets $23 million for science education: The National Science Foundation is awarding $23 million to the University of Hawaii to help build research and science education here. The two grants were made through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
  • UH Manoa’s Library and Information Science Program receives $249,918 grant: The Library and Information Science Program has received a National Leadership grant of $249,918 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a project entitled, “Pathways to Excellence and Achievement in Research and Learning (PEARL).”
  • Hoku and Tianwei Announce Financing Agreement: Hoku Scientific, Inc., a diversified, clean energy company with headquarters in Honolulu, and Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd., a leading provider of silicon wafers, photovoltaic cells, modules and systems, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement providing for a majority investment in Hoku by Tianwei.
  • Traces of water in lunar rocks may hint at more: A new generation of scientists, with the latest instruments sending back fresh signals from three vastly different spacecraft, has discovered chemical proof that water does indeed lie across the moon’s surface.
  • Rats killing native snails on Molokai: A stunning 85 percent plunge in native Hawaiian tree snail populations began in 1995 at a Molokai site studied by University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers. Shells piled up beneath the trees revealed the killers: Rats had been dining on the snails.
  • Hawaii fishers at odds over what to do about declining catches: Talk of bag limits and minimum size restrictions for three popular reef fish species is building on the mistrust between segments of the fishing community and scientists and conservationists concerned about the impacts of fishing on Hawai’i’s reefs.
  • Twin Keck Telescopes Probe Dual Dust Disks: Astronomers using the twin 10-meter telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have explored one of the most compact dust disks ever resolved around another star. If placed in our own solar system, the disk would span about four times Earth’s distance from the sun.

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