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Jun 06, 2016
The El Niño winter that forecasters said could drench the state with rain and snow veered north instead, striking mostly the Pacific Northwest. The amount of rain and snow that hit Northern California was a tick above average and looked impressive mostly because it contrasted sharply with the extreme drought of the previous four years. Southern California was wetter than in previous years, but not by much. Now, conditions are shifting, and El Niño’s counterpart, La Niña — a seasonal period marked by lower Pacific temperatures that shrivel rainfall in California — is expected to arrive around early fall and could prolong the dry times in California. “I would be concerned about the drought continuing,” said Dave Pierce, who does El Niño and La Niña forecasts at the Climate Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 03, 2016
UC San Diego anthropologist Tom Levy and Scripps Institution of Oceanography geoscientist Dick Norris will visit the Gulf of Corinth in Greece to study how the region’s climate has changed over the past 10,000 years, and how various types of transportation affected the evolution of societies in the eastern Mediterranean.

La Jolla Light
Jun 01, 2016
A green sea turtle was spotted south of La Jolla Shores, Tuesday, May 24, feeding in the reef between The Shores and The Cove. They love to swim in warm and swallow waters, which makes La Jolla Shores a perfect place for them. Curious to learn more about them, La Jolla Light contacted Ryan Schaeffer, lead naturalist for the only sea turtle in residence at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

NBC 7 San Diego
Jun 01, 2016
Marine biologists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and at California State University Long Beach are using new technology, including GPS devices and drones, to “tag” sharks and their movements. "This is the time of year they're starting to show up in La Jolla," said Dr. Andy Nosal, a marine biologist with Scripps, whose team tagged a sevengill and soupfin shark on Tuesday.

The Orange County Register
May 29, 2016
“We want to make sure that when we put the white abalone in the wild, we are giving them the best possible chance,” said Jenny Hofmeister, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

CBS News
May 27, 2016
An American, World War II-era aircraft that had been missing in action (MIA) since July 1944 was recently located in the waters surrounding the Pacific Island nation of Palau. This latest find adds to the growing list of wrecks discovered by Project Recover, an effort dedicated to the ongoing search for MIA aircraft and associated Americans since World War II. "The importance of our mission is reinforced with each new discovery of a missing aircraft," Eric Terrill, an oceanographer from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, one of Project Recover's three founding entities, said in a statement.

The Deep Carbon Observatory
May 26, 2016
Earth’s atmosphere has changed considerably over the last several billion years. Many changes are aligned with monumental milestones in our planet’s past, such as the great oxidation event 2.5 billion years ago. With the onset of plate tectonics, surface elements began cycling into deep Earth via subduction and out again at volcanoes, gradually changing the atmosphere and the planet’s interior. Gaseous nitrogen constitutes 78% of today’s atmosphere, but that was not always the case. The nitrogen concentration in Earth’s atmosphere has gradually declined, and a new reference model from DCO collaborators Peter Barry (University of Oxford, UK) and David Hilton (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA) explains how [1].

Fox News
May 26, 2016
In July of 1944, an American warplane, a TBM-1C Avenger torpedo bomber, went down in the Pacific. Now, 72 years later, the Navy plane has been identified near Palau, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has announced.
May 26, 2016
A chittering dolphin can sound like a bunch of monkeys jumping on a deflating rubber raft—trills, squeaks, whistles and clicks. These creatures have honed this cacophony over millions of years to survive in their watery world. Both dolphins and toothed whales can use the returning staccato from their highest-frequency clicks to echolocate, identifying the size, shape, direction and even speed of fleeing prey. But after decades of research, how exactly they produce these high-frequency noises remains unknown. And a group of scientists are pointing to snot as the ingredient that gives the cetaceans the extra oomph required to go ultrasonic. A dolphin’s staccato can clock in around 100 KHz—higher than a dog whistle. Even so, “you can’t make [the sound of] a dog whistle just by whistling,” says Aaron Thode, researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. But mix in a bit of snot and the situation could completely change. Dolphins make their noises with the use of a set of fat-filled strips called dorsal bursae located beneath the blowhole. This nasal cavity is sealed by a pair of lips that resemble and are commonly called “monkey lips,” explains Thode who presented the mucus hypothesis this week at the 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2016
Saltwater Brewery, along with New York City-based ad agency We Believers, developed edible six-pack rings made of the wheat and barley remnants left over from making beer. We Believers co-founders Marco Vega and Gustavo Lauria were working on a production shoot. After the crew ate lunch, Lauria looked around and realized how much plastic trash they'd managed to produce from a single meal. Just two months after that fateful, wasteful lunch, they manufactured 500 working prototypes using a 3-D printer and produced and published a video showing off their creation. The video alleges that "most of the plastic six-pack rings used end up in the ocean." That's not entirely true, but the biodegradable rings are still a good idea, according to Jennifer Brandon, a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who wrote her Ph.D. thesis on marine debris.