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The New York Times
Nov 19, 2013

Nicholas Mevoli saved money from an assortment of jobs to pay for the bottomless pursuit of holding his breath and sinking his body as far as possible into the ocean. On Sunday, in pursuit of another record in a championship event in a hidden cove of the Bahamas, in front of the best free divers in the world, Mr. Mevoli came to the surface — but he was not all the way back. After diving down to 68 meters, he paused and reached 72 meters before turning back. After staying under water for 3 minutes 38 seconds, Mr. Mevoli, 32, pulled off his goggles — and quickly fell into unconsciousness. He died soon after. Medical experts say deadly problems can arise as a diver goes ever downward and pressures from the water keep rising. “There’s a limit to lung compression when you dive deep,” said Dr. Paul J. Ponganis, a practicing anesthesiologist and a physiologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “This sport is always pushing that limit.”

UT San Diego
Nov 16, 2013

We’re coming up on the two-year anniversary for the ocean closures off Southern California caused by the Marine Life Protection Act. Locally, in addition to those closures that went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, we’ve seen big changes in regulations for barred sand bass, calico bass and spotted bay bass. I met recently with Lyall Bellquist, a graduate student from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. A fisherman, diver and hunter, Bellquist knows the value of having recreational fishermen involved in the management process, so he has enlisted them in his two-year study of our local bass population. He has brought together Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the San Diego Oceans Foundation and recreational fishermen to conduct a tag-and-release project to measure populations of calico bass, barred sand bass and spotties off coastal San Diego.

Nov 14, 2013

One common sea worm has a rather uncommon trick: Chaeteopterus variopedatus – also known as the parchment tube worm for the paperlike tubes it builds for itself and lives within throughout its life — secretes a bioluminescent mucus that makes it glow blue. Now, scientists are a step closer to understanding the mechanisms behind the worm's glow. The parchment tube worm can be found on shallow, sandy seafloors all around the world. Its glow sets it apart from other tube worms, most of which don't glow, and other shallow water organisms, which typically emit green light, not blue. "Shallow water is much more complex than deep water from a physical standpoint, and green is what organisms see best," Dimitri Deheyn, a biologist involved in the research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, told LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet. "If you produce light and you want light to be associated with an ecological function, you want organisms to see it."

Nov 13, 2013

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines has become a rallying cry at the U.N. Climate talks taking place this week in Poland. Climate change experts from around the globe are making pleas that world leaders take seriously the threat of more dangerous storms and rising sea levels. Ten graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will be witnessing this international process and participating in presenting research during the conference.

60 Minutes
Nov 10, 2013

A little, wearable camera is putting its owners in their own movies, doing everything from walking down the street to jumping out of an airplane. Anderson Cooper reports on GoPro, the world's best-selling camera that's revolutionizing the world of video.

UT San Diego
Nov 08, 2013

Ten UC San Diego graduate students are attending the 19th session of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, this week.

Nov 08, 2013

San Diego is envied for its spectacular and beautiful coastline. Now scientists are concerned by the human impact on ocean systems, not only here, but worldwide. One local researcher reveals how our daily lives influence the ocean, marine life and ultimately our ability to make a living.

Catholic Online
Nov 04, 2013

Massive Ecological Disaster as Keystone Starfish Species Gruesomely Die Along West Coast
As many as 95 percent of tidepool starfish in areas along the West Coast are dead or dying as a mysterious wasting disease eradicates the native starfish. The disease is known as Starfish Wasting Syndrome or wasting disease. An El Nino has been predicted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for late 2013, however the experimental nature of their study and the early timing of the outbreak make blaming warming a premature conclusion.

New York Times
Nov 02, 2013

It was a big day for marine biologists: On Oct. 13, the body of an 18-foot oarfish was dragged from the water onto Santa Catalina Island off the California coast, presenting a rare opportunity for local scientists to study one of the world’s most elusive and awe-inspiring big fish.  Five days later, it was a big day again: Another oarfish washed up 50 miles away, this one 14 feet with six-foot-long ovaries full of eggs. Early observations revealed that the second fish, found in Oceanside, was apparently ready to spawn. “There were probably hundreds of thousands of eggs in those ovaries,” said H. J. Walker, the marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who extracted the eggs.

Science Daily
Oct 31, 2013

A recent slowdown in global warming has led some skeptics to renew their claims that industrial carbon emissions are not causing a century-long rise in Earth's surface temperatures. But rather than letting humans off the hook, a new study in the leading journal Science adds support to the idea that the oceans are taking up some of the excess heat, at least for the moment. In a study in the journal Nature in August, climate modelers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego showed that La Niña cooling in the Pacific seemed to suppress global average temperatures during northern hemisphere winters but allowed temperatures to rise during northern hemisphere summers, explaining last year's record U.S. heat wave and the ongoing loss of Arctic sea ice.