Telescopes dot the cloudless top of the dry volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Earth's tallest mountain from its underwater base to its peak. Its night skies, free of artificial light, are a resource disappearing across the planet in the face of light pollution.
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Late last week, a cliff collapse extinguished the dramatic lava flow streaming out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. We have some good news to report, however: It's back! Some incredible new footage of the hellish gusher shows it's alive and well.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again going after his neighbours in his latest effort to ensure his 700-acre Hawaiian compound remains impenetrable. This time, rather than erect another massive wall, Zuck has filed a series of lawsuits against several hundred people — some of whom are dead — who inherited or have claims to land Zuck purchased on the island of Kauai.
For years, it seemed as if the future of the Thirty Meter Telescope was writ in the stars. The enormous, next-generation observatory would explore the birth of galaxies and seek signs of life on alien worlds from atop the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea, one of the best places on Earth to study the sky.
"Lava viewing area" sounds like a feature of your favourite Super Mario game, but it's also a real thing in Hawaii, where you can watch the Kilauea shield volcano spew its fiery guts right into the ocean from a cliff. Or at least, you were able to do that, until the cliff in question crumbled into the ocean on New Years' Eve.
As a bitter, multi-year battle over the legality of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) rages on, an alternate path forward has begun to emerge. The world's largest telescope may not wind up on the frosty peak of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, but instead it might be placed in Spain's Canary Islands. It'd be a loss for astronomy, but a major win for Hawaiian cultural practitioners who don't want their sacred mountain marred by gigantic machines.
Hang onto that property, Hawaiians: In a few hundred years, there's a chance that your slice of paradise will be slightly larger. Geologically speaking, Hawaii is still growing fast, thanks to frequent eruptions from volcanoes like Kilauea, which was caught spewing its molten guts into the ocean last week.
Mark Zuckerberg is building a wall on his 700-acre Hawaii estate, and his neighbours are pissed. Somewhere, Donald Trump is thrusting his tiny fists in the air, furious that he's been ousted as the world's resident wall-loving entrepreneur.
Just days after the Center for Disease Control recommended travel warnings to pregnant women headed to Latin America, the Hawaiian Department of Health has confirmed a Zika "virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly in a hospital on Oahu."
If you went to Hawaii during World War II, you probably notice something a little funny about the money. Every greenback had a big bold "HAWAII" plastered across it. Why? In case of a Japanese invasion, of course.
Looking through the dome's small porthole, the only view was of a barren field of red rocks. The astronauts ate freeze-dried food and shared cramped quarters for eight months to further space exploration, only venturing out to the alien landscape wearing spacesuits. At the end of the claustrophobic mission, they were greeted with a "Back to Earth" celebration.