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NASA Team preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

NASA preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

As a manned mission to Mars will certainly pose tough challenges, NASA is simulating Mars-like conditions on Earth in a hope to learn how those potential challenges can be mitigated.

As part of those efforts, four men and two women moved into a vinyl-coated pod just below the summit of Hawaii’s active volcano Mauna Loa. The six people, carefully selected by the space agency from more than 700 applicants, will dare arduous, cramped conditions along with isolation and monotony.

Ghost Shark, the pointy-nosed blue chimaera, spotted off the coast of Hawaii

Ghost Shark, the pointy-nosed blue chimaera, spotted off the coast of Hawaii

The deep-sea thriving pointy-nosed blue chimaera or ghost shark has been captured on camera for the first time, off the coasts of Hawaii and California. The pointy-nosed blue chimaera is considered rare and it has been earlier found only in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Ghost sharks have very strange features and as they live in deep-sea, they are with pale eyes.

NASA rehearsing for manned mission to Mars

NASA rehearsing for manned mission to Mars

As part of its preparations to land humans on the Martian surface sometime in the future, NASA is conducting a mission in the Mauna Ulu volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the terrain is really torturing like that of the Red Planet.

Just like the otherworldly Martian landscape, the Mauna Ulu volcanic landscape is twisted into ropelike coils, with rippling waves and jagged spikes; hazardous gases like sulfur are billowing from cracks in the ground; while sunlight is faint.

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Hawaii: Seven patients infected with super-strain of gonorrhea recover

Hawaii: Seven patients infected with super-strain of gonorrhea recover

Doctors announced Wednesday about a new strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea being found in Hawaii. Till now, seven people have been infected from the new strain. All of them have underwent treatment and recovered as well.

Dr. Alan Katz of the University of Hawaii and colleagues were the ones to find out the new gonorrhea superstrain while they were carrying a regular testing in Hawaii. Out of 25, the new gonorrhea superstrain was found in seven people, including six men and one woman.

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Hawaiian crows use twigs to dig prey out of hard-to-reach spots

Hawaiian crows use twigs to dig prey out of hard-to-reach spots

A journal Nature-published research paper has unveiled that the Hawaiian crow holds twigs in its teeth to take out insects and other prey from difficult to reach places. Study researchers have said that the Hawaiian crow is the only second member of its genus to be known to carry out such tasks.

Study’s lead researcher Christian Rutz from the University of St. Andrews said that the discovery is no less than eureka moment for them. For over a decade, researchers have been studying New Caledonian crows, the first member of the genus known as Corvus known for natural tool use.

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Climate change results into Hawaiian forest birds’ die-offs

Climate change results into Hawaiian forest birds’ die-offs

A journal Science Advances-published research paper has provided yet another evidence of how climate change is altering earth. Study researchers have found that a drop has come in the population of native forest birds on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. They also face the threat of extinction because of climate change.

The climate change is heating the birds’ habitat and allows thriving and spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Global warming increases temperature resulting into the spread of diseases like avian malaria in wooded areas.

Over 400 years old Petroglyphs may help shed light on lineal descendants of island of Oahu

Over 400 years old Petroglyphs may help shed light on lineal descendants of island of Oahu

Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced about finding petroglyphs considered to be dating back to over 400 years. The petroglyphs, images carved into rock, were found while shifting sands on Hawaii's Waianae coast on the island of Oahu.

The department officials are quite happy with the find as the petroglyphs are considered to be a rarity. The engravings were found by a Texas couple in July while they were walking along the beach. Not one, but the couple has found up to 10 carvings along 60 feet of beach.

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Eclipse turns Jupiter’s moon Io’s atmosphere into frozen state

Eclipse turns Jupiter’s moon Io’s atmosphere into frozen state

Earth’s eclipse is different from that of Jupiter’s, unveils a new study. During an eclipse, Jupiter casts a shadow on its active moon Io resulting into significant changes in the natural satellite’s atmosphere. The effects of an eclipse could be quite frigid, the research paper informed.

Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) with the help from the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii have come to know that Io’s atmosphere freezes and collapses whenever it Jupiter casts a shadow on it.

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Thousands gather to see smiley face in erupting Kilauea volcano

Thousands gather to see smiley face in erupting Kilauea volcano

Thousands are coming to see the cheerful Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since 1983. ‘Cheerful’ because a smiley face has been formed in an erupting Hawaiian volcano's crater. The smiley was captured in a video by a helicopter tour company.

Mick Kalber from Paradise Helicopters has captured the moment. Also, the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano is reaching at the Pacific shore of the Big Island, also known as Hawaii. It seems that the lava will make the Big Island even bigger.

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Hexacopter drone helps Hawaii researchers to count whale calves without hindering their privacy

Hexacopter drone helps Hawaii researchers to count whale calves without hindering their privacy

Usage of drones in wildlife research is increasing. Lately, it has been found that the technology is being used by NOAA researchers in the Hawaiian Island so they could count the whale calves without disturbing them.

For the first time this summer, ecologists have used drones to come up with proper lists of the whale and dolphin pods near Hawaii. The drones’ inclusion with the NOAA’s recent whale-expedition is another function of what drones can do. Already, drones presence is on rise in police work, real estate, or even firefighting.

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