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Marine Bacteria Are Natural Source of Chemical Fire Retardants

June 29, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a widely distributed group of marine bacteria that produce compounds nearly identical to toxic man-made fire retardants.

Scientists Investigate the Role of the ‘Silent Killer’ Inside Deep-Diving Animals

May 14, 2014

With its imperceptible features, carbon monoxide is widely known as the “silent killer” due to its risks at lethal concentrations. Far less known is that carbon monoxide is produced naturally in small quantities in humans and animals, and in recent years medical researchers have evaluated the gas as a treatment for diabetes, heart attacks, sepsis, and other illnesses.

Scripps Team Makes the Case for a New Era of Science and Education

May 14, 2014

A team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego made a case to the California Fish and Game Commission to support funding for the next generation of science, education, and training through a pioneering ocean monitoring program pushing into the twenty-first century.

Leading the Way to Coastal Stewardship

May 3, 2014

Leaders of the Port of San Diego and members of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board engaged with scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, this week to set a course for enhanced collaboration among the region’s top environmental entities. The three groups share mutual goals of environmental stewardship, coastal protection and monitoring, and improved ocean water quality, focusing on benefits for society and the environment.

Microscopic Organism Plays a Big Role in Ocean Carbon Cycling, Scripps Scientists Discover

April 24, 2014

It’s broadly understood that the world’s oceans play a crucial role in the global-scale cycling and exchange of carbon between Earth’s ecosystems and atmosphere. Now scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have taken a leap forward in understanding the microscopic underpinnings of these processes.

New Airborne GPS Technology for Weather Conditions Takes Flight

March 17, 2014

GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint precise information, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes. A new technique led by a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego stands to improve weather models and hurricane forecasting by detecting precise conditions in the atmosphere through a new GPS system aboard airplanes.

Number of Days Without Rain to Dramatically Increase in Some World Regions

March 13, 2014

By the end of the 21st century, some parts of the world can expect as many as 30 more days a year without precipitation, according to a new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers.

Medal Honors Scripps Icon Walter Munk’s Lifetime of Science and Exploration

March 4, 2014

A year ago the Explorers Club recognized director James Cameron with its coveted Explorers Medal during its annual dinner in New York City. The organization honored the famed director not for movie making but for his historic dive to the deepest point on the planet, an expedition in which Cameron relied heavily on the scientific and engineering expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research

March 4, 2014

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation.

The Surface of the Sea is a Sink for Nitrogen Oxides at Night

March 3, 2014

The surface of the sea takes up nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air at night, new measurements on the coast of southern California have shown. The ocean removes about 15 percent of these chemicals overnight along the coast, a team of atmospheric chemists reports in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 3.
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