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The Star Online
Jan 27, 2014

Warming sea temperatures and ocean acidification put the millions around the world who rely on the sea, at risk.
Jan 26, 2014

Consumer prices in Venice are following the sinking city’s downward trajectory, and costume maker Stefano Nicolao says it’s just another symptom of the debilitating economic environment.

Jan 26, 2014

Scientists have offered numerous explanations for the recent slowdown in global surface warming. Now, one study suggests that tropical trade winds may hold the answer. As they report in Nature Climate Change, an international research team — led by Matthew England of the University of New South Wales in Sydney — have pointed to a pattern of unusually strong trade winds over the Pacific Ocean as the cause of the cooling. Writing in the journal Nature in 2013, Yu Kosaka and Shang-Ping Xie of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, pointed to yet more evidence that global cooling originates in the Pacific. By feeding a climate model with eastern Pacific sea surface temperature data taken over several recent decades, they were able to bring model simulations in line with observations, such that the model recreated the recent hiatus.

Nature World News
Jan 25, 2014

Los Angeles is especially vulnerable to any major earthquake that may take place south of the city of almost 4 million, a new method of constructing virtual earthquakes determined.

Los Angeles Times
Jan 24, 2014

Now scientists at Stanford University and MIT have figured out a way to use ocean waves to simulate the ground motion that occurs in real earthquakes -- and they’ve confirmed that Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to a large quake along the southern San Andreas Fault. When "the big one" hits, it could create shaking in Los Angeles that’s three times stronger than in surrounding areas, the team reported in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. That’s because the city sits atop a soft sedimentary basin, they said. The “virtual earthquake” technique is being used to better understand the effect of shaking on cities that have not had a large earthquake in recent years, said Marine Denolle, lead author of the Science study. Other cities resting atop sedimentary basins include Tokyo and Mexico City, said Denolle, who is now continuing her research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Science Daily
Jan 23, 2014

Stanford scientists are using weak vibrations generated by the Earth's oceans to produce "virtual earthquakes" that can be used to predict the ground movement and shaking hazard to buildings from real quakes.

Research & Development
Jan 23, 2014

Scientists at UC San Diego have developed a new genetic platform that allows efficient production of naturally occurring molecules, and have used it to produce a novel antibiotic compound. Their study, published in PNAS, may open new avenues for natural product discoveries and drug development.According to lead investigator Bradley Moore, PhD, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego, the findings demonstrate a plug-and-play technique to trigger previously unknown biosynthetic pathways and identify natural product drug candidates.

Jan 23, 2014

Thanks to social networking, local scientists are getting recognition for an ongoing climate study that started over 50 years ago.

Environmental Research Web
Jan 22, 2014

A new study of four Antarctic emperor penguin colonies suggest that unexpected breeding behaviour may be a sign that the birds are adapting to environmental change. Analysis of satellite observations reveals that penguin colonies moved from their traditional breeding grounds during years when the thin layer of ice (sea ice) formed later than usual to the much thicker floating ice shelves that surround the continent. Reporting this week in the online journal, PLOS ONE, a team of scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the Australian Antarctic Division and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, describe this extraordinary change in behaviour

The Age
Jan 22, 2014

Floating sensors that have predicted extreme weather events for decades and saved lives in the process have been left to "collapse" amid vandalism and US budget cuts.