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U-T San Diego
Nov 23, 2014

Miles beneath the sea is a landscape of seamounts, hills and ridges, much of it unexplored or hidden under layers of muck. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and other research centers have released a new map that reveals those deep-water structures with twice the level of detail as previous images. The updated maps, described last month in the journal Science, will inform energy exploration and earthquake research. It also will pinpoint areas for future marine research on the underwater frontier, said David Sandwell, lead scientist on the Science paper and a geophysics professor at Scripps.

Times of San Diego
Nov 23, 2014

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego has provided a home for an endangered sea turtle rescued near a power plant in New Jersey. The juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, weighing approximately 97 pounds, arrived Wednesday from the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. “All sea turtles in U.S. waters are protected by the Endangered Species Act due to significant threats such as entanglement in fishing gear, accidental ingestion of plastic and other marine debris, boat strikes, and loss of essential nesting habitat,” said Debbie Zmarzly, interim director of the Birch Aquarium. “This turtle has already been through so much in its short life,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, director of husbandry at the aquarium. “We look forward to giving it a comfortable and happy home and sharing the story of not only this turtle, but all sea turtles, with San Diego’s residents and visitors.”

San Diego 6
Nov 22, 2014

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego are looking into sea urchins as a way to help patients who need chemotherapy. Assistant professor and cell biologist Dr. Amro Hamdoun and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Tufan Gokirmak are using sea urchins for cancer research because the sea creatures release millions upon millions of eggs. It also helps that 70 percent of the genes in a sea urchin are similar to those in the DNA of humans.

ABC 10News
Nov 21, 2014

A loggerhead sea turtle is the  latest addition to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. It was originally found in a New Jersey power plant's cooling canal eight months ago, then sent to the South Carolina Aquarium to a temporary home.

NSF Science 360 Radio
Nov 20, 2014

NSF-funded Bradley Moore of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego explains that some chemicals banned in fire retardants are produced naturally by marine life.

Nov 18, 2014

Millions of sea stars along the Pacific Coast are dying. Researchers believe a virus is attacking and melting the sea stars.  In this CBS News 8 video story, Ed Parnell, a research oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is interviewed on what he thinks is causing the high mortality rate.

U-T San Diego
Nov 17, 2014

A virus that typically infects insects may be the culprit in massive die-offs of sea stars along the West Coast. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researcher Ed Parnell reported that both ochre sea stars and giant sea stars showed signs of withering beginning last winter, and have nearly vanished from the San Diego coast. “Adults have virtually disappeared from 20 regularly monitored study sites from south Pt. Loma up to Cardiff,” Parnell said. “However, healthy adults are seen occasionally in other areas, but in much reduced numbers.”

Nov 14, 2014

The San Diego City Council votes Tuesday on whether to generate more recycled water for thirsty residents in exchange for giving a "pass" to the city's sewage plant, which has never met federal Clean Water Act standards. Years of mandated monitoring by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego prove there's no harm to the environment, according to Ann Sasaki, an Assistant Director in the San Diego Public Utilities Department.

Popular Mechanics
Nov 13, 2014

Scientists stuck some seismometers into Gorner Glacier in the Swiss Alps. As lake water flowed through the glacier, the seismometers picked up tiny tremors and the sounds of icequakes at the glacier's base. The research team, led by David Heeszel of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, deployed eight seismometers through boreholes in the ice, then the team sped up the seismogram 250 times so that humans could hear the rumblings.

U-T San Diego
Nov 13, 2014

Maritime technology showcased at "Blue Economy' summit in San Diego. The Maritime Alliance says San Diego has one of the largest clusters of technology firms specializing in ocean/hydro applications in the country, thanks to the large U.S. Navy presence in the region and research centers such as Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.