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10 News
May 20, 2015

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography's underwater robot is roaming the area near the oil spill off Santa Barbara.

May 19, 2015

Featuring Birch Aquarium at Scripps's Fernando Nosratpour.


May 19, 2015

Thousands of red crabs also called tuna crabs have been washing ashore on Pacific Beach since Sunday. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego has them on display. They have been receiving phone calls and emails about the recent sightings.

May 18, 2015

Researchers led by Don Lowe of Stanford University describe the effects of two asteroids measuring 30 to 60 miles across that hit about 3.29 and 3.23 billion years ago. The dual impacts sent temperatures in the atmosphere up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks and boiled the oceans for a year, long enough that seawater evaporated and they dropped perhaps 328 feet. However, the studies findings are hard to conclusively verify, points out geologist James Day of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in the Science News article. The researchers have to grapple with the same problem any scientist does when studying the Hadean. Plate tectonics and erosion have long ago wiped craters from impacts in that ancient time from the face of the Earth.

National Geographic
May 15, 2015

The incredible volcanology that has been forming and shaping Montserrat since the Pleistocene is fascinating. Montserrat is also very alive and fascinating underwater. Photographing large sections of the coral reef makes it possible to characterize their current state. This will give us a baseline for what the reefs look like now so we can understand why and how they change in the future. Nathaniel Hanna-Holloway, a master’s student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, led the research.

Climate Central
May 15, 2015

Any day now, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will reach their annual peak in a cycle driven by the collective inhale and exhale of the world’s plant life. But because of the extra CO2 pumped into the air by human activities, this year’s peak will be higher than last year’s, which was higher than the year before that — a sign of the unabated emissions that are driving the Earth’s temperature ever upward. “The increase basically comes from the increase of coal and oil consumption,” Stephen Walker, a scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, which keeps the Mauna Loa record, said.

May 15, 2015

Scripps Institution of Oceanography was established over 100 years ago as the Marine Biological Association. Today, as part of the University of California system, it still honors those origins, not only as a research institution and school, but with the Scripps Coastal Meander Trail. Featured in this video while a new portion was under construction (it's now completed and open), the publicly accessible walk serves as an alternative to walking the California Coastal Trail on the beach.

May 14, 2015

In 2000, the City of San Diego in collaboration with the San Diego Oceans Foundation (SDOF), purchased, cleaned and sank a 366 foot-long Canadian warship called the HMCS Yukon to create an artificial reef, a task at which has been spectacularly successful. When this project started, both the SDOF and the local scientific community were curious to understand the effects of an artificial reef on local fish populations and surrounding marine life. A joint study was undertaken by SDOF and Dr. Ed Parnell of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and released in 2004. Crucial to the study was data gathered by local citizen science divers to generate a baseline of marine life species on the ship.

New Scientist
May 14, 2015

The worst recorded drought in California's history has forced state regulators to restrict people's water use by a quarter. In the long-run, though, climate change and limited supply mean the state must radically change the way it manages water, particularly below ground. The state normally depends on winter storms to replenish its water. Most climate models suggest these storms will become less frequent but more intense, says Alexander Gershunov, a climatologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. So water will come in huge, sudden gushes, possibly bringing more than existing infrastructure can capture.

May 13, 2015

Inspired by the way iridescent bird feathers play with light, scientists have created thin films of material in a wide range of pure colors -- from red to green -- with hues determined by physical structure rather than pigments. The colors are exceptionally uniform across the films, according to precise measurements by Dimitri Deheyn, a research scientist at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography who studies how a wide variety of organisms use light and color to communicate.