County starting abandoned vehicle removal program

The Department of Environmental Management’s Derelict/Abandoned Vehicle Section is initiating a year-round program that is designed to assist Hawaii County property owners with the disposal of derelict vehicles left on their private property.

Mountain View woman accused of multiple offenses

A 31-year old Mountain View woman facing numerous drug and firearms charges after allegedly attempting to flee from police Nov. 11 in Fern Acres subdivision remains in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, unable to post $144,000 bail.

Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed.

New device puts music in your head with no headphones

LONDON — Imagine a world where you move around in your own personal sound bubble. You listen to your favorite tunes, play loud computer games, watch a movie or get navigation directions in your car — all without disturbing those around you.

Blue Ring Nebula appears to be youngest known example of two merged stars

Maunakea – In 2004, scientists with NASA’s space-based Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spotted an object unlike any they’d seen before in our Milky Way galaxy: a large, faint blob of gas with a star at its center. Though it doesn’t actually emit light visible to the human eye, GALEX captured the blob in ultraviolet (UV) light and thus appeared blue in the images; subsequent observations also revealed a thick ring structure within it. So the team nicknamed it the Blue Ring Nebula. Over the next 16 years, they studied it with multiple Earth- and space-based telescopes, including W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea in Hawaii, but the more they learned, the more mysterious it seemed.

Volcano Watch: How has topography been modeled at Hawaii’s volcanoes?

Modeling topography on active volcanoes is unlike doing so in any other setting, because dramatic changes can occur on timescales far shorter than a human lifetime. For example, in 2018 at Kilauea, approximately 1 cubic kilometer of rock volume (0.25 cubic miles) was lost at the volcano’s summit and deposited on the lower East Rift Zone. So, topographic models can become outdated relatively quickly, and we need to update them accordingly.

Sharks wash up on beaches, stabbed by swordfish

The first victim washed up in September 2016. Police in Valencia, Spain, saw a blue shark dying in the surf along a tiny stretch of beach. They lugged the 8-foot corpse to the yard behind the police station. Then they called Jaime Penadés-Suay, who soon suspected foul play.

Hawaiian corals caught in the act of adaptation

Coral reefs are among the most highly biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, yet it is not clear what drives speciation and diversification in the ocean, where there are few physical barriers that could separate populations. Diversity in Hawaiian corals is likely driven by coevolution between the coral host, the algal symbiont (algae living in close and prolonged interaction) and the microbial community. That’s according to a study led by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB).