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USA Today
Dec 10, 2013

NASA's robotic rover on Mars has found signs that a vast and hospitable lake once spread over the now-desolate Martian surface, providing a potential home to past life for centuries or longer. The shallow water body was roughly the size of one of New York's Finger Lakes, though not nearly so deep. Its waters boasted low salinity, just the right acidity and all the chemicals needed to support living organisms. The scientists' arguments that the rover found more hydrocarbons than would be expected from contamination alone are "tenuous at best," says Jeffrey Bada, an emeritus professor of marine chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, via e-mail. He says that if Curiosity really had stumbled on hydrocarbons, other kinds would've been detected, not just the few purified by the rover's chemistry set.


The Atlantic
Dec 10, 2013

We've known for a while that the ocean is rapidly becoming too acidic for some forms of marine life to survive. Now we also know that ocean acidification does more than break down marine skeletons—it can actually cause behavioral changes in individual organisms. Simply stated, ocean acidification is making fish anxious—or, at least, anxiety as we measure it in fish. Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Canada's MacEwan University recently published this surprising finding in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science. Turns out, putting fish in slightly more acidic water is just like administering an anxiety-inducing drug. “They would go to the dark part of the tank and they wouldn’t move. They just stayed there,” study co-author Martín Tresguerres told the L.A. Times last week.


NBC Bay Area
Dec 10, 2013

NBC Bay Area's Joe Rosato Jr. shows how new technology is helping predict all kinds of natural hazards. Featuring Yehuda Bock from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Popular Mechanics
Dec 10, 2013

After the Tohoku earthquake struck Japan at on March 11, 2011, there was a 30-minute lull before the devastating tsunami rushed ashore. Geophysicist Yehuda Bock from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego says that if his early warning system had been in place at the time, it could have used that lull to determine the magnitude of the earthquake and calculate the intensity of the subsequent tsunami, perhaps giving residents enough warning time to seek higher ground before the waves struck. In a talk at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union on Tuesday, Bock and his colleagues at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented their proposal for a sensor network that could provide early warnings for earthquakes, tsunamis, severe weather, and flash floods, providing life-saving information to first responders, local leaders, and the general public.


AOL Travel
Dec 09, 2013

These pictures show the moment a disgruntled crocodile realised he was having his picture snapped. The crocodile snuck up on the photographer, Octavio Aburto, as he took underwater photos in Mexico. Octavio used his 20-year experience - and a lot of bravery - to keep his cool and take the pictures of the croc's toothy grin. "I had to stay calm so the crocodile didn't detect my presence. "I just put my camera between the crocodile and me, and I started taking pictures while the animal was trying to come back to its refuge." Octavio has been a professional underwater photographer since 1994 and is now also a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


U-T San Diego
Dec 06, 2013

The ocean is getting hot, sour and breathless, a group of UC San Diego science students warned officials at an international climate conference last month. She was one of ten UC San Diego graduate students who travelled to Poland for the 19th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw. “We went as a group to present science and why it matters and why there’s scientific evidence that humans are creating global ocean change,” said Lauren Linsmayer, a PhD candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC SanDiego. Her colleague Natalya Gallo spoke about the even lesser known phenomena of ocean deoxygenation, “which is a mouthful, and that’s part of the reason it hasn’t been more talked about,” Linsmayer said. That’s the breathless part, in which ocean organisms are waiting to inhale.


La Jolla Patch
Dec 05, 2013

The study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and MacEwan University in Canada shows rising ocean acidity levels, projected by the end of the century, results in behavioral changes that could impact feeding of fish.


Care2
Dec 05, 2013

Unlike humans, who can flip a switch anytime the sun fails to provide enough light, plants and animals must provide their own solution to the darkness. “Bioluminescence is a primarily marine phenomenon. It is the predominant source of light in the largest fraction of the habitable volume of the earth, the deep ocean,” explains The Bioluminescence Web Page which is developed and supported by Steven Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. #2. Manasquan Beach, New Jersey - “When jostled, each organism will give off a flash of blue light created by a chemical reaction within the cell,” wrote Peter Franks, a biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, on the blog Deep-Sea News. “When billions and billions of cells are jostled — say, by a breaking wave — you get a seriously spectacular flash of light.” Visitors to Manasquan Beach off the Jersey Shore are treated to this beauty during the warmer summer months.


MIT Media Relations
Dec 04, 2013

Now researchers at MIT have found that with the loss of sea ice, the Arctic Ocean is becoming more of a carbon sink. The team modeled changes in Arctic sea ice, temperatures, currents, and flow of carbon from 1996 to 2007, and found that the amount of carbon taken up by the Arctic increased by 1 megaton each year. But the group also observed a somewhat paradoxical effect: A few Arctic regions where waters were warmest were actually less able to store carbon. Instead, these regions -- such as the Barents Sea, near Greenland -- were a carbon source, emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. A paper by Dutkiewicz and co-authors Mick Follows and Christopher Hill of MIT, Manfredi Manizza of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and Dimitris Menemenlis of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles.


NBC San Diego
Dec 02, 2013

The California Coastal Commission is reviewing plans by University of California, San Diego for a new scenic walkway and vista point on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in La Jolla