LA PAZ, Bolivia — At the Witches’ Market in Bolivia’s capital city, llama fetuses hang above stalls as offerings to the mother earth spirit known as Pachamama. Tourists and residents line up to buy medicinal plants to heal their bodies and ward off curses, while “yatiris,” or indigenous healers, offer to read their fortunes on coca leaves. Incense perfumes the air.
“What’s happening inside the volcano?” That’s just one of many questions asked about Kilauea’s ongoing lower East Rift Zone eruption. Looking at the geochemistry of erupted lava can help us answer these questions.
TOKYO — A large white and blue truck pulls up outside a stadium in central Japan and slowly expands into a place of worship.
Aloha Theatre is hosting auditions for the upcoming production of the Broadway musical “The Addams Family.”
Renowned slack-key guitar and ‘ukulele artist Ledward Kaapana will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Palace Theater in downtown Hilo.
Na Wai Chamber Choir, a women’s vocal ensemble dedicated to the preservation, propagation and innovation of Hawaiian choral and vocal music, presents its annual concert “Moloka‘i Nui a Hina” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (July 28) at First United Protestant Church in Hilo.
Sometimes, in the middle of the night, nocturnal creatures are allowed to roam the halls of New York’s American Museum of Natural History, free from shouting and swarming children. They are adult humans, known to sometimes quietly contemplate science with a cocktail.
Be alert! We have fungus among us, as well as bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms associated with the hot summer weather. We think of these primitive life-forms as being on the bottom of the food chain, but they really are on the top since some feed on higher life-forms at every level.
Since May 3, Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone eruption has destroyed more than 700 structures, covered more than 32 sq km (12.4 sq mi) of land with black lava and added about 700 acres of new land to the island. Yet, remarkably, injuries were few.