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San Diego Reader
Dec 30, 2015
When Garfield Kwan was an undergraduate student in marine biology at UC San Diego, he began to notice a trend: the internet was full of funny stuff, but science was not included. Furthermore, materials available for science outreach were often outdated and dull. Hence the birth of Squidtoons, dedicated to equipping educators and researchers with visually appealing yet scientifically accurate teaching aids. A PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Kwan uses his free time to collaborate with Scripps researchers and a volunteer team of artists to animate the world of marine biology.

Newsweek
Dec 30, 2015
It may sound strange to say, but we hardly know the life-forms with which we share our planet. With that in mind, let’s celebrate the best species that were discovered and/or scientifically described for the first time this year. Seadragons are similar to seahorses but covered in strange appendages that help them blend into their backgrounds. Science was already aware of two species, the orange-colored leafy seadragons and yellow-and-purple common seadragons. Recent work by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has uncovered a third species, a bright-red critter known as the ruby seadragon.

KPBS
Dec 29, 2015
Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate researcher David Pierce said this year's El Niño remains one of the strongest on record, but it has not yet channeled monster storms toward California.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dec 22, 2015
A winter storm that began in British Columbia blanketed Southern California on Tuesday, bringing light showers and nippy conditions that could last through Wednesday morning in San Diego County. More wet and chilly weather is expected this week: A cold low-pressure system might result in showers late Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service. In 2014, a pool of unseasonably warm water began to develop off the West Coast. By April of this year, it had gained the unofficial name “the blob.” UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla staged an international forum to tackle the question: What is this occurrence? No one came up with a definitive answer, but it soon became clear that the ocean off of Southern California was likely to grow even warmer because an El Niño was developing.

Carbon Brief
Dec 18, 2015
With the ink only just dry on the agreement signed in Paris to curb global carbon emissions, scientists at this year’s American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco have been reacting to the landmark deal and digesting some of the finer details. Here are a few scientists Carbon Brief found at the conference to share their thoughts on what the Paris agreement means and where the world goes from here. Prof Ram Ramanathan – Professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and member of the Holy See delegation at COP21 on a global achievement.

Space.com
Dec 16, 2015
Humanity shouldn't dally in its quest to colonize Mars, SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk says. "Now is the first time in the history of Earth that the window is open, where it's possible for us to extend life to another planet," Musk told a huge crowd here Tuesday (Dec. 15) at the annual winter meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk talks to Margaret Leinen, the director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, on Dec. 15, 2015, at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

KPBS
Dec 14, 2015
San Diego may have received a smattering of rain over the weekend. But according to the KPBS Drought Tracker, California has so far not been getting unusually high levels of precipitation this rainy season. As of Monday morning, California had racked up 26 percent of the statewide rainfall it normally receives between Oct. 1 and April 1. The average Sierra snowpack level was at 21 percent of what normally piles up by April 1. "Everything seems to be pretty close to the normal line," said Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate researcher Sam Iacobellis. "To 'bust the drought,' of course we'd like to see much higher than normal.” So far, Iacobellis said there's no cause to worry about the drought getting worse. But there's also no reason to celebrate yet.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dec 14, 2015
As a man of science and a man of the cloth, George Hemingway lived a life that delved into fact and faith. A biological oceanographer who was also an Episcopal priest, he found the two divinely tied together. “Science is an orderly, structured way of knowing. For me, as a Christian, science contributes to the self-revelation of God’s order and plan,” he said in a Union-Tribune story published in 1996. Mr. Hemingway, a seagoing research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego ordained in 1985, died Nov. 8 at his home in Nehalem, Ore., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 75. He joined Scripps in 1966. As a scientist there for more than 30 years, Mr. Hemingway was highly regarded for his contributions to the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI), a marine research program that is considered to be one of the best in the world.

Discovery News
Dec 14, 2015
Melting ice triggered by global warming may make Earth whirl faster than before and could shift the axis on which the planet spins, researchers say. This could also affect sunset times, as the length of Earth’s day depends on the speed at which the planet rotates on its axis. Prior research found the rate at which Earth spins has changed over time. When polar ice caps melt, they remove weight off underlying rock, which then rebounds upward. This makes the poles less flat and the planet more round overall. This should in turn cause Earth to tilt a bit and spin more quickly. However, previous research mysteriously could not find evidence that melting glaciers were triggering a shift in either Earth’s rotation or axis that was as great as predicted. This problem is known as “Munk’s enigma,” after oceanographer Walter Munk at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, who first noted the mystery, in 2002.

CBS News
Dec 14, 2015
Melting ice triggered by global warming may make Earth whirl faster than before and could shift the axis on which the planet spins, researchers say. Prior research found the rate at which Earth spins has changed over time. When polar ice caps melt, they remove weight off underlying rock, which then rebounds upward. This makes the poles less flat and the planet more round overall. This should in turn cause Earth to tilt a bit and spin more quickly. However, previous research mysteriously could not find evidence that melting glaciers were triggering a shift in either Earth's rotation or axis that was as great as predicted. This problem is known as "Munk's enigma," after oceanographer Walter Munk at Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC San Diego, who first noted the mystery, in 2002. Now, in a new study, researchers may have solved this enigma and shown that rising sea levels are indeed affecting Earth's spin and axis.