Bookmarks for November 30th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 29th:

  • Wide heads give hammerheads exceptional stereo view: Comparing the hammerheads with pointy nosed species, the team found that the scalloped hammerheads had the largest monocular visual field, at an amazing 182 degree, and the bonnethead had a 176 degree visual field.
  • Bishop Museum Tries To Revive Past King’s Voice: King David Kalakaua was on his deathbed in San Francisco when the historic recording was made by a representative of the Thomas Edison Company.
  • Hoku Announces Amendment to Contract With Jinko: Both companies have agreed to reduce the term of the sales agreement by one year, and to delay the first shipment date from December 2009 to December 2010. This will result in a ten percent reduction of the total volume of polysilicon to be sold by Hoku to Jinko.
  • NASA selection small business high-techprojects for development: NASA has selected for development 368 small business innovation projects that include research to minimize aging of aircraft, new techniques for suppressing fires on spacecraft and advanced transmitters for deep space communications.
  • University of Hawaii announces Hawaii IPv6 Task Force: UH began to implement IPv6 on network connections in 2001 to participate in international telemedicine demonstrations with Japan. The university has currently implemented IPv6, in parallel with IPv4, on its statewide network and over its national and international connections.
  • Oceans absorbing carbon dioxide more slowly, scientist finds: The world’s oceans are absorbing less carbon dioxide (CO2), a Yale geophysicist has found after pooling data taken over the past 50 years. With the oceans currently absorbing over 40 percent of the CO2 emitted by human activity, this could quicken the pace of climate change.
  • National Science Foundation grant to fund new telescope instrumentation: The University of HawaiÊ»i at Hilo has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to fund major research instrumentation for the University’s Hoku Kea Telescope atop Mauna Kea. Funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, the award totals $141,664 over a 3-year period.
  • Windward traffic cams: These will be the first traffic cams in Windward Oahu tied into the city’s Traffic Management Center. Currently, the city has 131 cameras in use at major intersections between West Oahu and Hawaii Kai.
  • Hawaii and Alaska students study life of humpbacks: A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant allows students in Hawaii and Alaska to experience both. “Our grant is unique in that we’re meshing the two together. So we’re actually sharing resources and sharing our students across the two states.”

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