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Fox 5
Feb 05, 2016
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography plans to make use of boaters in future research after signing an agreement with the Florida- based International SeaKeepers Society.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb 04, 2016
Naturalists and guests aboard the Flagship Cruises boat Marietta had an unexpected encounter Wednesday with a pod of 30 false killer whales off the coast of San Diego. The cetaceans, which are part of the oceanic dolphin family, typically stay in warmer tropical waters. Officials at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, which organized Wednesday's nature trip on the Marietta, say that it appears that the whales traveled north to San Diego in waters warmed by El Nino. "This is the first time, as far as we know, that false killer whales have been seen from The Marietta," said Hallie Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Birch.

Feb 04, 2016
A new species of deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been identified as an early form of life in a discovery that will help scientists understand how animals have evolved over time. The very simple creature, Xenoturbella, has no brain, gills, eyes, or reproductive organs, and only one opening through which food goes in and waste goes out. And although the animal was first described in 1949, its peculiar biology left scientists baffled for decades. But the four new species of the creature identified in the study were found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean 12 years ago by Nerida Wilson, a research scientist with the Western Australian Museum, and another of the lead researchers, Greg Rouse, a scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

National Geographic
Jan 29, 2016
Manta rays, which are among the bigger and more charismatic animals in the ocean, have captured humans' imagination for generations. And yet scientists still have many unanswered questions about rays' behavior. To answer some of these questions, and to find information that could stem population decline, National Geographic's Crittercam team joined forces with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in southern California and the Manta Trust in the U.K. to attach cameras to wild mantas. We spoke with Scripps and Manta Trust researcher Joshua Stewart about the Crittercam project.

Jan 26, 2016
Despite a recent stretch of warm weather in San Diego, climate experts say there is still a good chance for more strong El Niño storms for the next 2-3 months. Experts from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Desert Research Institute, and UC Santa Barbara delivered the "California Winter Status Update" on Tuesday. They said El Niño's warmer ocean temperatures will stick around until mid- to late spring.

The Washington Post
Jan 26, 2016
On Tuesday, the people who keep the Doomsday Clock announced that they have — not adjusted it. The clock is still set three minutes to midnight. The clock was previously set at 5 minutes to midnight until it moved up to 3 minutes this time last year, reflecting climate change trends. Professor Richard Somerville of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego unveils the “Doomsday Clock” showing that the world is now three minutes away from nuclear disaster, from five minutes previously, during a press conference of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in Washington, DC on January 22, 2015.
Jan 25, 2016
Don't worry: When the drillers eventually pierce the mantle, hot molten rock won’t surge up the hole and spill onto the seafloor in a volcanic eruption. Although mantle rocks do flow, they do so at a speed akin to the growth rate of a fingernail, says Holly Given, a geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

Jan 25, 2016
Sea cliffs have crumbled and several beaches in North County have eroded down to pebbles by high tides and El Niño storms. This winter may reveal how expensive it would be to preserve San Diego beaches as sea levels rise. Robert Guza, professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, said places that flood intermittently now could find themselves flooded on a daily basis in the long term. He said this winter’s king tides and El Niño storms will give us a glimpse into the future of sea level rise.

Jan 22, 2016
“If we actually get folks taking pictures from the same locations, pointed in the same direction, repeatedly — so say, every day or every week — that’s actually the most valuable data for us,” said Sarah Giddings, a researcher and professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Jan 21, 2016
San Diego has stayed pretty dry after an early burst of El Niño-driven storms drenched Southern California in early January. But recent storms in Northern California have kept rain and snow levels climbing steadily. "Northern California has been getting some precipitation recently, which is good," said David Pierce, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who helped compile data for the KPBS Drought Tracker.