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  • Featured Science Thirty Meter Telescope groundbreaking set

    Thirty Meter Telescope groundbreaking set

    A groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, launching a multi-national $1.4 billion project near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

    Although access to the TMT construction site will be limited due to the area’s sensitive environment and harsh physical conditions, the ceremony will be fully accessible via a live-stream webcast.

    George Takei, noted actor, director and author, known for his role in the television series Star Trek, will present pre-recorded science segments during the live webcast. Dr. Robert Hurt, researcher, science podcaster and lecturer, will host the webcast.

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  • Featured Publicity Science Technology Latest crew set for 8-month simulated Mars mission

    Latest crew set for 8-month simulated Mars mission

    The six astronaut-like crew members of the next Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission starting October 15 will be isolated in their dome habitat for eight months. This mission is twice as long as any previously completed at the Hawaiʻi site, and second only to Russia’s Mars500 experiment in total duration.

    Also, for the first time, HI-SEAS will have a female commander. In NASA history, only two women have ever commanded the spaceship: astronauts Eileen Collins in July 1999, and Pamela Melroy in November 2007.

    For true space flight, the commander role requires previous astronaut experience as well as at least 1,000 hours experience piloting a jet aircraft. For HI-SEAS, Commander Martha Lenio was selected based on feedback from fellow crew members and from instructors of the National Outdoor Leadership Skills course that both NASA and HI-SEAS require of their teams in training.

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  • Business Publicity Technology Energy Excelerator announces latest cohort

    Energy Excelerator announces latest cohort

    The Energy Excelerator selected 17 startups from a pool of high quality applicants to transform Hawaii’s energy system. Fifty percent of the new portfolio startups has principal team members with previous exits.

    “We are excited to work with a new cohort of startups with a ton of experience in running successful companies,” says Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator. “These are really smart people that have vetted technologies and are eager to partner with our local businesses to help solve some of our most difficult energy challenges.”

    The Energy Excelerator’s goal is to strategically address Hawaii’s energy challenges across many different sectors. The 2015 cohort consists of startups with innovative solutions for the State’s energy, transportation, water, and agriculture industries.

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  • Business Featured Publicity Science Microbes touted as key to future agriculture

    Microbes touted as key to future agriculture

    A local technology commercialization company is working with two mainland biotechnology firms to encourage the adoption of microbial treatments to boost agricultural productivity while reducing water consumption as well as cutting the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

    “Everything we’ve been taught about farming is incorrect,” declares Vincent Kimura, president of Inovi Green. “Historical and current agricultural processes of crop fertilization and soil tilling are falling out of favor, damaging ecosystems and producing diminishing returns. Environmentally-friendly microbial treatments have evolved to do this work far more effectively.”

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  • Business Featured Technology Hawaiian Telcom to partner with Hawaiki undersea cable

    Hawaiian Telcom to partner with Hawaiki undersea cable

    Hawaiki Cable Limited, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected Hawaiian Telcom as its landing partner in Hawaii. As part of its system architecture, Hawaiki will land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable from Australia and New Zealand to the U.S. West coast in Oahu, Hawaii. Under the Letter of Intent signed by both parties, Hawaiian Telcom will provide Hawaiki with turnkey infrastructure and connectivity, including a cable landing station and terrestrial infrastructure in […]

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  • Featured Publicity Science Hawaii scientist maps, names ‘Laniakea’ galaxy cluster

    Hawaii scientist maps, names ‘Laniakea’ galaxy cluster

    An international team of astronomers has defined the contours of the immense supercluster of galaxies containing our own Milky Way. They have named the supercluster “Laniakea,” meaning “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.

    The team was led by University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer R. Brent Tully, who recently shared the 2014 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2014 Victor Ambartsumian International Prize. The paper explaining this work is the cover story of the September 4 issue of the prestigious journal Nature.

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  • Volcano Watch Meetings held on lava flow advancing on Pahoa

    Meetings held on lava flow advancing on Pahoa

    In response to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s news release that Kīlauea’s June 27th lava flow could become a concern for communities downhill of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency (HCCDA) quickly organized a series of informational meetings. To date, four meetings have been held at the Pāhoa Community Center to raise public awareness of the lava flow and to let potentially affected residents know how to stay informed about the flow’s progress. HCCDA also addressed […]

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  • Events Featured Technology Film screening, workshop explores ‘open knowledge’

    Film screening, workshop explores ‘open knowledge’

    Aaron Swartz was 26 when he took his own life, fighting a two-year legal battle over his alleged attempt to liberate academic journals from an online library. He was a programming prodigy who helped build some of the most fundamental components of the internet, and was a prominent online activist. The story of his life and death is explored in the documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy,” which will be screened at Kakaako Agora on Friday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion […]

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  • Education Featured Media Television Hiki Nō Festival showcases student video stories

    Hiki Nō Festival showcases student video stories

    The public is invited to view outstanding student-produced video stories on the big screen at PBS Hawaii’s first-ever Hiki Nō Festival. The featured stories, produced last school year, have aired on PBS Hawaii’s student news program, Hiki Nō, and are nominated in this year’s Hiki Nō Awards. Hiki Nō is Hawaii’s first statewide student news network, made up of 86 public, private and charter schools from across the islands. Through the production of video news stories about their schools and communities, students gain valuable workforce and life skills, while teachers engage their students in hands-on, collaborative learning.

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  • Education Publicity Science Technology Three UH scientists selected for Mars rover teams

    Three UH scientists selected for Mars rover teams

    NASA has announced the selection of seven science instruments to be included on the Mars 2020 rover. Three scientists from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) — Sarah Fagents, Shiv Sharma and Anupam Misra — will be members on the instrument teams to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. The new rover will carry sophisticated hardware and instruments to perform geological assessments of the rover’s landing site, determine the potential habitability of the environment, and directly search for signs of ancient Martian life.

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