Category: Science

Saturday Symposium Showcases Engineering Students

This weekend brings the fourth annual ‘IKE Scholars Symposium. Like yesterday’s “Project Imua” rocket launch, the symposium is a unified grand finale of sorts for students from several different college campuses. The Saturday morning symposium will feature the work and accomplishments of more than 90 engineering students, many wrapping up summer projects...

Rocket Shoots Student Science into the Sky

A rocket launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this morning was carrying a scientific payload designed and built by a team of community college students from Hawaii. “Project Imua” was the culmination of an ambitious and unique collaboration among four campuses across the state. When I last wrote...

Hawaiian Astronomy Highlighted at Museum Talks

Perhaps the definitive book on Hawaiian astronomy and Polynesian voyaging, out of print for some time, is getting a comprehensive update 40 years since it was first published. Astronomy will be a recurring theme while the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is in Honolulu for the next two weeks. On Friday I recapped...

Six to Spend Year Together for Space Study

This is the true story of six strangers picked to live in a remote, high-elevation geodesic dome, work together, and have their lives monitored to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real. Well, not really. But the ongoing series of long-duration space simulation experiments conducted on the slopes...

Nerd Night to Tackle Telescopes, Trails, Taxes

On Tuesday, the monthly Nerd Nite meetup will mix talk of space telescopes, economics, and hiking trails with music and beer. Nerd Night Honolulu is part of a global network of events taking place in more than 90 cities. There are presentations, and they’re not nearly as time-constrained as Pecha Kucha (five minutes) or Ignite...

Visiting Astronomers Spark Public Events in Honolulu

Back in June I wrote that the astronomers were coming, and their arrival in Hawaii is now imminent. The 29th triennial General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union starts on Monday, with some serious science stuffed into the two-week agenda. But while the astronomers will talk a lot of shop, the convention...

Conservation Conference to Celebrate Collaboration

The Hawaii Conservation Conference kicks off on Monday, marking the 23rd year that naturalists, researchers, and cultural practitioners will gather to explore ways to better protect Hawaii’s environment and better manage its natural resources. Local, national, and international experts will spend several days at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (and one off...

Scientists to Study, Stream Video of Deep Sea Research

On Friday morning, the NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer will depart Honolulu for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on an unprecedented deep sea expedition. A team of scientists will seek out teeming communities of diverse marine life, and conduct the first survey to map the details of the sea floor in...

New Maps, App Prepare Hawaii for Extreme Tsunami

Tsunami have crossed the ocean and hit Hawaii many times in the last century: in 1946, 1952, 1957, 1960, and 1964. But it was the Japan tsunami in 2011 that shook local emergency planners to the core. Not because of what happened to the state, but because of what could have happened. “The...

Hilo Hosts 3rd Astronomy and Engineering Summit

For the third year, the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit is being convened in Hilo, bringing together high school students from around the world for five days of activities, workshops, and other hands-on learning opportunities. The summit was first held in 2013, modeled after two of the worlds most prestigious science...

New Astronomy App Celebrates Keck Observatory

The W.M. Keck Observatory is the launching point for a new astronomy education app that helps stargazers explore the sky from its perspective at the 14,000-foot elevation of Hawaii Island. While much attention has been focused on a telescope that has yet to be built, Maunakea is already the home of the...

Public Invited to Tour “Technology Petting Zoo”

Not many companies in Hawaii have research labs where scientists experiment with novel tools and techniques in areas ranging from computer systems design to medical sensors to material science. I suspect only one company in Hawaii designates part of its research facilities the “Technology Petting Zoo.” Fortunately, that one company...

‘Race for Water’ Expedition Visits Hawaii

The Solar Impulse plane remains stalled in Nagoya, awaiting the next weather window to continue on to Hawaii on its historic around-the-world journey.  But today, another globe-spanning expedition reached island shores: the MOD70, a 69-foot multi-hull racing sailboat sponsored by the Race for Water Foundation, is in Honolulu as part of a...

Jellyfish Researcher Brings Sting Relief to Market

A University of Hawaii researcher today announced that a jellyfish sting treatment that she has been developing for years is finally available for public sale. “Sting No More” is a cream and spray for jellyfish stings, launched by Alatalab Solutions, a company created by Angel Yanagihara (director of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and a researcher...

Bishop Museum to Showcase NASA Mission to Pluto

A space mission more than a decade in the making will reach its target in the coming weeks, and the Bishop Museum is planning a special program to commemorate the occasion. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006, a $700 million mission to send the first spacecraft to see Pluto and its...

Community College Students Set Sights on Space

In less than two months, a scientific instrument designed and built by students from four community colleges in Hawaii will be launched into suborbital space flight from a NASA facility in Virginia. “Project Imua” saw a major test this week at the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at UH Manoa, where...

The Astronomers are Coming for Our Children!

Hawaii is hosting the largest meeting of professional astronomers in the world later this year. Although the 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union is more than 50 days away, the group is already extending an invitation to local schools to take part in some world-class science education programs. The...

Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Bishop Museum

Local school kids probably know Bishop Museum mostly as the place where traveling exhibits of dinosaurs or spaceships come through the state, and it always draws a solid mix of residents and tourists. But the areas open to the public — from Hawaii Hall to the Science Adventure Center, from the planetarium to the Castle Memorial Building —...

Eclipse Expert to Speak at Science Cafe Tomorrow

There are only 989 days 11,220 days (!) until Hawaii sees its next solar eclipse. Fortunately, it’s not too late to prepare for Jan. 31, 2018 Feb. 5, 2046, and tomorrow brings a cozy talkstory presentation by Shadia Habbal, a Syrian-born astrophysicist who has studied the sun at the UH Institute for...