Episode 68: Virtual Reality Treatment (Dec. 2, 2009)

After the headlines, Song Choi from the UH College of Engineering and Elvis Grande from Farrington High School will tell us about the upcoming VEX Robotics competition. Then, Aaron Kaplan and Sherry Miyasato from the Virtual Reality Treatment Center will join us to talk about how VR Technologies are used to treat a variety of anxieties.

In the News:

  • Oceans absorbing carbon dioxide more slowly, scientist finds – The world’s oceans are absorbing less carbon dioxide, or CO2, a Yale geophysicist has found, after pooling data collected over the past 50 years. With the oceans currently absorbing over 40 percent of the CO2 emitted by human activity, this could quicken the pace of climate change, according to a study that appeared in last week’s issue of Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Wide heads give hammerheads exceptional stereo view – Hammerhead sharks are among the ocean’s most distinctive predators, but scientists have long debated why their heads are shaped the way they are. A new study published Friday concludes that their head shape greatly enhances the shark’s vision.
  • National Science Foundation grant to fund new telescope instrumentation – The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Hoku Kea Telescope atop Mauna Kea has received a National Science Foundation grant to fund major research instrumentation, the university announced last week. Over $141,000 will be arriving courtesy the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act over a 3-year period, effective this past September.
  • University of Hawaii announces Hawaii IPv6 Task Force – The Internet has grown far larger and much faster than its creators ever imagined. As a result, the number of available addresses used by the global computer network is dwindling.

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