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Multi-day March on HELCO, Transgenic Rabbits, North Korean Refugees, Crittercams Focus on Monk Seals

It’s Tuesday, August 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Geothermal Critics Plan Multi-day March: Steven Sparks


Steve Sparks is the co-organizer of the march on HELCO. He has lived on Hawaii Island since 1995 and in Puna since 2001. He is semi retired although he's still is the Business Manager for the Pahoa based Center for Magnesium Education & Research.

Transgenic Rabbits: Stefan Moisyadi


Stefan Moisyadi is part of the research team that is conducting a study of transgenic rabbits that glow under UV light as a result of a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA.

North Korean Refugees: Betsy Kawamura


Betsy Kawamura is the founder and director of Women4NonViolence. She started the organization for two reasons: Her personal experience in Okinawa during the end of the Vietnam War and her grandfather's interrogation as a possible aid to the enemy after the Pearl Harbor attack. Both, she says, should be a reminder to our state what can happen to ethnic populations in war times—which is the reason her work now focuses on North Korean refugees.

National Geographic Crittercam Follows Monk Seals: Charles Littnan


Charles Littman will narrate "An Evening with Seals: The Secret Lives of Monk Seals" Saturday at 5:30 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater.

And, as promised, your Tuesday energy tips from Olin Lagon:

- About 5-10% of a typical bill is from vampire power: power drawn by electronics when that device is not being used. It's crazy to think that upwards of a month's bill per year is wasted on electronics that were not being used.

- A microwave with a clock could cost $20 per year to operate in the "off" position. You could be paying more for home office equipment like printers.

- There are a dozen different types of inexpensive power strips that can help you curb this vampire power and likely a few options that will make it easy for you to use.

- Strips can also protect you from power surges. For instance, if you live in a building that has a high power AC, cycling that unit on and off could spike brief power spikes and over time potentially damage your electronics.

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