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Science and Environment

Rena Fulgencio, editors

 

EarthTalk:
Eating local: healthier, cheaper, more energy efficient

Dear EarthTalk: Why do environmentalists advocate that people “eat locally?” I don’t understand the connection between patronizing local food producers and environmental quality.

— Timothy Douglas, Burling-ton, Vt. [More]


Eating locally grown foods means eating seasonally, a practice much in tune with Mother Nature, and maybe even means walking to the store, which reduces greenhouse gases.

Photo by Eddie London

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Aloha from OI
Products Innovation Lab tests seafood quality

Feeds remained the biggest expense of farmers in their aquaculture operations. As researchers continue to develop cheaper and environmentally friendly feeds, we need to make sure seafood quality is not adversely compromised. At OI, the evolution of specialized feeds fueled the development of a Product Innovation Lab in fall 2005 as a venue to analyze the quality of the fish and shrimp grown on the 56-acre research facility. OI President, Dr. Bruce Anderson, is very supportive of this initiative. [More]


Dr. Leonard Obaldo, Ph.D., offers shrimp samples for a taste test.

Courtesy OI

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Students aid underwater explorations

At HPU, engaging students through hands-on experience is a main focus in preparing students for the post-college world, which is why HPU researcher Dr. Eric Vetter regularly invites students along on his ongoing research explorations of how environmental conditions in underwater canyons differ from those on the “normal” sea floor. [More]


A deep sea ray approaching a 20 lbs. piece of marlin at a depth of 2,000 ft. The laser spots on the ray are 16 cm apart, and the ray is nearly four feet wide.

Courtesy University Relations

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Scientists are designing a universal wireless charger

A team of scientists from MIT is attempting to transfer energy wirelessly with a method called evanescent coupling. So, what does this mean for consumers? [More]

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Spinach power?

Studies show that spinach may be used for more than spoiling mealtime for children. [More]


Dr. Eric Vetter and HPU marine biology senior Brandi Kivi prepared to dive in the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Labs submarine, Pisces V.

Photo University Relations

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