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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sep 13, 2016
UC San Diego has found evidence that large earthquakes can quickly produce powerful and potentially dangerous aftershocks on nearby faults, an insight that could aid experts planning for how to deal with seismic hazards in California.

Popular Mechanics
Sep 12, 2016
Until very recently, scientists who wanted to study sea creatures in microscopic detail usually had to remove those creatures from their habitats in order to place them on glass slides in a laboratory. The world's first microscope capable of imaging the seafloor might change this. The Benthic Underwater Microscope (BUM) was invented at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and named for the ocean's deepest layer, the benthic zone. It is the first camera that can take microscopic photos, videos, and time-lapse shots of organisms such as coral polyps in their natural habitats—watching without harming to give us more information than we've ever had before.

LA Weekly
Sep 12, 2016
Experts have for years said that the Big One — an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 to 8 or higher — is long overdue in urban Southern California. When it comes, it will be bad: A local 7.8 shaker, the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated, could result in 1,800 deaths, 50,000 injuries, 300,000 damaged buildings, 1,600 fires and perhaps more than $200 billion in total damage. But new research suggests it could be even worse than that. A study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego published in the journal Science says the Big One could trigger a series of aftershocks on separate faults. The effect of those temblors could combine to create a massive "mega-quake," the scientists concluded.

Del Mar Patch
Sep 10, 2016
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Emeritus Professor of Geology Edward "Jerry" Litton Winterer, died Aug. 30 at his home in Del Mar. He was 91. Winterer was a renowned expert in the study of sediments and after being recruited to Scripps, he became deeply involved in what was then known as the Deep Sea Drilling Project.

Sep 09, 2016
A large earthquake on one fault can trigger large aftershocks on separate faults within just a few minutes and could have important implications for earthquake hazard prone regions such as California, where ruptures on complex fault systems may cascade and lead to mega- earthquakes, according to a study released Friday by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In the study published in the Sept. 9 issue of the journal "Science,'' Scripps geophysicist Peter Shearer and Scripps graduate student Wenyuan Fan discovered 48 previously unidentified large aftershocks from 2004 to 2015 that occurred within seconds to minutes after magnitude 7 to 8 earthquakes on faults adjacent to the mainshock ruptures.

NBC 7 San Diego
Sep 08, 2016
Leopard sharks filled the water off San Diego Thursday, swimming alongside divers and people wading into the ocean. It's not an unusual sight to see off the La Jolla coast in the fall and winter months, according to experts at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. The shallow waters provide the sharks with a calm environment packed with food.

Physics Today
Sep 04, 2016
Jules Jaffe and his team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have extensive experience with microscopically imaging free-floating single-celled ocean plankton. That’s an easier task in a few ways than imaging coral. First, rather than actively focusing on specific microorganisms, the microscope can just image those that happen to float across its field of view. Second, plankton imaging can use transmission illumination, just as typical laboratory light microscopes do; reflective illumination of opaque structures such as coral is much less efficient. And third, there’s little worry that plankton will be damaged or disrupted by the microscope’s presence, whereas a microscope that gets too close to a stationary coral reef risks disturbing the polyps’ behavior or even colliding with the reef itself.

Scientific American
Sep 01, 2016
Tropical Storm Madeline brought the classic impacts of heavy rains, high surf and gusty winds to Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday night and early Thursday. But it also brought a rather unexpected impact: carbon dioxide levels dipped below 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, which monitors carbon dioxide at the observatory, chronicled the dip in a blog post. The drop is notable because scientists hadn’t expected carbon dioxide to drop below that threshold at the top of Mauna Loa in our lifetimes. “A working hypothesis is that the low values are caused by the hurricane bringing in air from much further north, where we do expect to see sub-400 ppm values,” Ralph Keeling, the director of the Mauna Loa program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said in the blog post.

Aug 30, 2016
Scripps Institution of Oceanography has a new ship for conducting research at sea.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Aug 27, 2016
They’re trying to land humans on Mars, design robots to serve the sick and elderly and identify which areas of Earth will be damaged most by climate change. Meet the Class of 2016. Not the students, but the scientists who’ll teach them. Climate change - UC San Diego is deeply linked to the study of climate change. One of the school’s founders, Roger Revelle, was known as the “father of the greenhouse effect.” His Scripps Institution of Oceanography colleague Charles Keeling created the now acclaimed Keeling Curve, a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The university’s researchers also helped to shape the recent Paris Agreement, in which nearly 200 countries agreed to fight global warming. The school has dozens of people working on the topic, including two new, young faculty recruits, Isabel Rivera-Collazo, who earned her doctorate at the University College London, and Kate Ricke, who received her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon.