This week, as part of our tech news segment, HPR’s Kayla Rosenfeld tells us about the test run of NASA’s Lunar probe on Mauna Kea. Later, we’ll talk to Patrick Henry from Univ. of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy about Dark Matter.
News stories for the week…
- Located approximately one mile off the coast of Kaneohe Bay in 100 feet of water, New Jersey company Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. installed one of its wave power generation units. The ocean buoys called PowerBuoy, harness the energy of ocean waves to generate electricity that is then sent back to shore via underwater cable.
- As the prevalence of broadband internet access grows, its reliance on dial-up connections is dropping rapidly. According to the latest “State of the Internet” study from Akamai — the internet powerhouse with the Hawaiian name — dial-up, or “narrowband” connections, fell nearly 30 percent in the last quarter nationwide.
- Last week Thursday, Hawaii County Council voted to uphold a ban on growing genetically modified taro and coffee on the island. The council voted 7-0 to override Mayor Harry Kim’s veto of the measure. Anyone caught violating it could face a $1,000 fine.
- Observatories in Hawaii were able to use advanced optical technology to produce the first “visible light” photographs of a multi-planet solar system outside our own. Scientists were able to see, 130 light years away in the constellation Pegasus, three “gas giants” larger than Saturn and Jupiter orbiting the star called HR8799.
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We are joined in the studio by Dr. Bee Leng Chua from HPU who tells us about the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week. Then, we speak with Patrick Sullivan from Hoana Medical and Oceanit about Dual Use applications and converting projects to products.
News stories for the week…
- Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island has been quiet for a long time and it’s been 25 years since it last erupted—but researchers warn that another eruption may be on the horizon. Even so, trying to determine the exact date when the mountain will blow is impossible.
- Scientists have gotten the first clear picture of the feeding habits of Hawaii spinner dolphins, and they used high-tech acoustics to get it. Unlike other dolphins, Hawaii spinner dolphins are nocturnal and feed and night. Only by using underwater hydrophones were researchers able to “see” just how remarkable their rituals were.
- The BYU Hawaii Campus Safety and Security department is implementing a new emergency system. The new system, similar to systems deployed at other Universities across the country, utilizes technology such as text messaging and e-mail in the attempt to inform students of danger in a timely and effective manner.
- Going from YouTube to Hollywood seems an unlikely path for any budding filmmaker, let alone two high school kids from Hilo who had nothing better to do after school than pick up a camera. Now Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi are bonafide internet celebrities — and budding “real” celebrities — with the recent premiere of their feature film, “Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure.”
Song pick of the Week: U2 – Beautiful Day
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This week, after the headlines, we’re joined in the studio by Ted Abe, who tells us about the upcoming Sony Expo. Then, we talk with Dr. Christine Sorensen from the UH College of Education and Mark Hines of the Mid-Pacific Institute about the transformation of the traditional classroom. You can learn more about the transformation of education in Hawaii at the Future Schools site.
News stories for the week…
- 11,000 feet above sea level, climate scientists from the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico studying the water cycle have successfully deployed a precision water isotope analyzer at a remote monitoring station near the top of Mauna Loa.
- The Navy successfully intercepted one of two ballistic missiles this past weekend in the latest test of the nation’s missile defense system. The target missles were launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands on Kauai, and two Navy ships — the Aegis destroyer U.S.S. Paul Hamilton and the U.S.S. Hopper — took aim and fired their own missiles to intercept it.
- Honolulu Community College and the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training or PCATT, accept a $327 million technology grant in the form of new software that will help students in Hawaii receive the latest training and gain a competitive edge in business.
- The National Institutes of Health has awarded $1.31 million to help 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region learn about scientific research and possible careers in science. The funding is for the Pacific Education and Research for Leadership in Science (PEARLS) project, headed by Dr. Kelley Withy of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
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This week, Eugene Villaluz will join us in the studio to tell us about HMAUS Mactoberfest and later, we’ll talk to Shari Tamashiro, Cybrarian from Kapiolani Community College about Digital Storytelling, the Hawaii Nisei Story and Hawaii Memories.
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- Mauna Kea will soon be the center of attention for NASA scientists when they test a robot designed for lunar prospecting. From November 1st through the 13th, the Big Island volcano will stand in for the moon so that the robot — called Scarab — can simulate a lunar mission to extract water, hydrogen, oxygen and other compounds that could potentially be mined for use by future lunar explorers.
- Speaking of Mauna Kea, spectacular new photos of the planet Uranus taken from the Keck II Observatory were unveiled Monday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. Since Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the sun, suffice it to say space observation has evolved considerably since the last time astronomers got a good look at the icy blue planet.
- With fluctuating oil prices and a challenging economy, both public and private sector organizations are turning to alternative work environments such as telecommuting, flex time, work at home and four-day workweeks to ease the pain to their bottom lines and their employees’ wallets. That includes the Hawaii state government, which is piloting a four-day work week. Information Technology, or IT, is key to making it work.
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On this episode we talk to Van Matsushige of Sopogy and Peter Rosegg of Hawaiian Electric Company. Both are involved with companies shaping Hawaii’s evolving energy landscape, one a solar energy provider and the other Hawaii’s primary electric utility.
In the News…
- Google has said it invested $10.25 million to develop geothermal-energy technology aimed at extracting steam deep inside the earth to generate more electricity. The search giant’s investment arm, Google.org, has committed $6.25 million to AltaRock Energy, $4 million to Potter Drilling and $489,521 to the Southern Methodist University Geothermal Lab.
- Students on Molokai have just received the first of 100 Apple laptops being distributed for “Project OHANA,”a program aimed at putting technology and connectivity into the hands and homes of students in rural communities in Maui county. Project OHANA — or Online Health and Academic Network Access — will ultimately distribute 100 laptops to students of Maui Community College, and it’s hoped that the computers will be used both by the students and their families.
- With all the stories about sea faring vessels making their way across the Pacific propelled by low-carbon footprint methods like wind and rowing here is a land vessel going in the opposite direction. Laurel White has left her home in Paia, Maui in order to stage a North American environmental green energy tour in what she is calling her EcoVan.
- Hollywood has built a fortune on the fear of meteors striking the Earth, wreaking “Armageddon” on the planet, but such disasters are not solely the realm of science fiction. There are scientists around the world dedicated to identifying “near Earth objects” or NEOs, and one of the most impressive efforts is being mounted here in Hawaii. It’s called the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS, and the first of four telescopes is already scanning the skies. But as it turns out, STORING the massive volume of data involved requires a serious database.
- Muxtape, the love-child of the Internet and 80s cassette mix tapes, has had its plug pulled by the Recording Industry Association of America. If you go to muxtape.com you will be greeted with a brief statement that Muxtape will be “unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA.”
- This week’s song pick come from Muxtape before getting shut down. Here’s We Were Promised Jetpacks and their song Moving Clocks Run Slow.
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For all of you that asked when we were going to get the Bytemarks Cafe show up on iTunes, the answer is Now! Thanks to Ryan who submitted the feed to iTunes. Apple in turn (thankfully) accepted our application to be included in the iTunes directory and now Bytemarks Cafe is now searchable. Just go to the iTunes Store and search for Bytemarks. Bytemarks Cafe will come up. You can then subscribe, it’s free. We hope you will still listen to KIPO on Wednesday from 5-6pm for the live show but if you can’t here is the time-shifted option for your convenience. You can also launch iTunes and subscribe directly by clicking here. Enjoy!
Finally the day has arrived. Ryan and I completed our dry runs, we met all the staff, we got our picture taken and were written about in the Hawaii Public Radio newsletter. Now we just need to Go Live! That will be in about 24 hours. Thanks for all the interest and support. Especially from all our Twitter friends. While radio can seem like a one-way broadcast, we always intended this to be a two-way conversation with you. There are a number of ways we can keep the conversation going. One of course is to call in during the show. Just call 941-3689 (from O`ahu), 1-808-941-3689 (from the Mainland) or 1-877-941-3689 (from the neighbor islands). We will try our best to answer your questions. If it is really tough, we’ll have our guests answer them. Ha! You can also Tweet us on Twitter.com. You can find me at @Bytemarks and Ryan @Hawaii. In the future we will incorporate an email and voice mail section of the show with listener feedback. Our voice mail number is 1-808-525-6409 and email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll also be posting the shows as podcasts on the Hawaiipublicradio.org website as well as from this site. Let’s talk tech and make a difference in Hawaii!
Over the weekend while chatting with Neenz, we thought it would be fun to get Roxanne Darling on the line with us and do a quick interview about Podcamp Hawaii. I sent Rox a DM on Twitter and she got back almost immediately. Ryan and I have been using Talkshoe to practice with so I gave Rox the number to call in and you can listen to the resulting 10 minute interview here. Nothing fancy, just chatting on the phone and straight to record, no post production. It might not be as polished as what you might hear on the radio but it’s about as real as it gets. We hope to be doing more of these short interviews once we go live. Just look for the Raw and Uncut versions.
The Aug 6th debut date for Bytemarks Cafe is getting closer. Ryan and I are spending these open Wednesdays in the studio with real guests running through our routine as though it were live. Beth-Ann Kozlovich is our executive producer and is freely giving us tips and critiques on how to improve our show. I’ll be honest with you, it is nerve wracking. I have a new appreciation of any of the NPR talk shows and especially tech podcasts like This Week In Tech and Buzz Out Loud, which aren’t NPR but great nevertheless. The past week we had John Chun on. He’s a telecom product manager working with video over the Internet products like IPTV. We covered everything from streaming video to your computer via YouTube to high end delivery like Vudu and Netflix/Roku. It was a fun conversation but listening to it later, I could tighten up my delivery. Glad we got a couple more weeks to go. I can practice a bit more.
Since our go live date got moved to August 6th, we have a couple more chances to do practice runs. The main thing we wanted to focus on for this run through was sequencing of the show and making sure we got the intros and outros coordinated. I think it was a good improvement from our first dry run. Originally, Angela Keen and Ian Kitajima were to be our guests on our inaugural show. Since they were already scheduled, we had them on anyway. They were gracious enough to help us out. Angela is the consummate pro and Ian’s enthusiasm comes through no matter what he is doing. The subject was near and dear to all of us. I’ll give you a hint: @hawaii, @ikitajima, @angelakeen, @bytemarks. I’m not teasing I just don’t want to totally give it away. Why? Because the conversation was so fun, we plan to reprise the subject on our first show.