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Sustainable shark fishing? Shark scientists say yes.

A new survey of shark and ray researchers takes a bite out of the popular belief that shark fishing and the shark fin trade should be banned. As it turns out, a large majority of shark experts believe that sustainable fisheries are not only possible, they are actually preferable to protecting sharks with sanctuaries or…

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Hawaii wastes 26 percent of available food supply

We may buy that clamshell of beautiful, ripe strawberries with the best of intentions – pancakes! cobbler! fruit salad! – but when the end of the week comes and they’re getting soft and fuzzy in the back of the produce drawer, we’re likely to throw them in the trash. Multiply that process by several thousand households,…

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First discovery of an NEO by ATLAS telescope

The term “killer asteroid” might bring to mind the kind of massive space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago. But such a large object — around 5 to 15 kilometers (3 to 8 miles) across — might hit Earth only once every few hundred million years. Smaller space objects hit more…

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Solving the Mystery of How Sunspots are Formed

Sure, the sun’s light and heat make life possible on Earth, and its gravity holds our entire solar system together. But our nearest star remains surprisingly enigmatic. Scientists still don’t know, for example, why its magnetic activity fluctuates in an 11-year solar cycle. Or how powerful solar flares can knock out satellites, disrupt GPS systems,…

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Thank you, readers!

My story on planets with two suns was one of Science News for Students’ top 10 most popular stories for 2015! Read the complete list here.

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Solar system explorers

  I profiled a propulsion engineer on NASA’s Dawn mission, an asteroid spectroscoper, and a solar eclipse chaser for Science News for Students’ “Cool Jobs” series. Read the story here.

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What will a Native Hawaiian economy look like?

It’s not clear how Native Hawaiian self-governance will affect Hawaii’s economy, but there is no shortage of ideas. Different Hawaiian leaders talk about changing taxes, control of land, lease rents, business incentives, ownership restrictions, import rules and much more. Read the rest of my story for Hawaii Business here.

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Is your hospital prepared for a disaster?

  “Are you breathing?” Emergency-Room Doctor David Williams leans over a “patient” covered in realistic-looking ash and blood. Surrounding him in the pop-up hospital tent lie a dozen more volunteer victims, ready for triage after a plane has crashed at Kahului Airport. Don’t worry yet, it’s a simulation, part of a training program by Maui Memorial…

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Getting excited about Dark Matter!

It makes up a quarter of the universe. Without it, galaxies would fall apart, and stars would spin off into space. Dark matter is five times more abundant than normal matter (the stuff that makes up trees and stars and us), yet scientists can’t see it or figure out what it is. The one thing…

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Covering space junk for Nature

The US military has long taken the role of traffic cop in space: monitoring satellites, tracking debris and, in recent years, warning satellite operators and foreign governments of potential collisions and hazards. But now it has company. A wave of private firms is seeking to build a commercial market for space situational awareness (SSA) —…

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Interview with David Karl

I interviewed the pioneering microbial oceanographer for Hakai magazine. Read the Q&A here .

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“Gold Diggers”

  I cover the rebirth of Maui Gold pineapple in the latest issue of Hawaii Business magazine. Read more here.