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Box jellyfish research breakthrough by Manoa biochemist

Angel Yanagihara, a researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has developed a medicine that effectively treats the sting of a box jellyfish. Though the sting is usually just a painful nuisance in Hawaiʻi, it is deadly in places like Australia, Thailand and Indonesia. Yanagihara works for the university’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) Model Now Tracks Lighter Tsunami Debris

The IPRC model tracking the tsunami debris across the Pacific now reflects the effects of wind on the movement of debris with varying fractions of surface above water. Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner have added five additional windage levels to the original model, which is based on data from scientific drifting buoys with drogues at 15 meters deep. Items with high windage could have arrived on the West Coast by the end of 2011, according to this adjusted model. Read more....
To view the animation as gif file click here; as avi file click here. To view separate windages: wind_00.gif; wind_00.avi; wind_02.gif; wind_02.avi; wind_04.gif; wind_04.avi; wind_05.gif; wind_05.avi

Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) featured in National Geographic series

National Geographic's five-part series, "Alien Deep" features the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), the only U.S. deep submergence facility in the Pacific Rim tasked with supporting undersea research necessary to fulfill the mission, goals, and objectives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with other national interests of importance. Over 30 years of submersible operations have resulted in nearly 1900 dives representing 9300 hours underwater, and a benthic ecology database derived from in-house video record logging of over 125,000 entries based on 1100 unique deep-sea animal identifications in the Hawaiian Archipelago. With emerging interest in marine resources of the Pacific and renewable energy from the sea, HURL's contributions will continue to play an essential role in scientific research and advanced technology.


  • The University of Hawai‘i can be the new driver to create new businesses in biofuels, geothermal, wind; continuing development of technologies of use to the military; and biomedical advances. We have the entrepreneurs, the commitment and the partners to do it. The UH is going to be in the lead and I couldn’t be happier to make my complete commitment to it.”
    Neil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawai‘i
  • I am pleased to support the University of Hawaii’s Innovation Initiative. Please join me in expanding Hawai‘i’s research industry for a better and brighter tomorrow for the generations to follow.”
    The late Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator
  • There is huge economic opportunity in growing our research sector. We need to seize the day and support the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative.”
    Walter A. Dods, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Matson Inc.
  • The local business community has long recognized that research and innovation need to be part of Hawai‘i’s future.”
    Gary Kai, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Business Roundtable
  • Hawai‘i needs a strong research university to fully realize the potential of our knowledge-based sectors.”
    Jeanne Unemori Skog, President and CEO, Maui Economic Development Board
  • The University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative is an effort we hope the community will support, because it could determine the future of the state.”
    M. R. C. Greenwood, President, University of Hawai'i