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2011-04-14 13:57:09

Recently discovered worm with bone-eating lifestyle not exclusive to whale carcasses A new study led by a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is painting a more complete picture of an extraordinary sea worm that makes its living in the depths of the ocean on the bones of dead animals. Discovered fewer than 10 years ago off Monterey, Calif., but since identified in other oceans, the flower-like marine "boneworms," or Osedax, have been documented mainly living upon...

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2011-03-22 08:59:44

'Lost' samples from famous origin of life researcher could send the search for Earth's first life in a new direction Stanley Miller gained fame with his 1953 experiment showing the synthesis of organic compounds thought to be important in setting the origin of life in motion. Five years later, he produced samples from a similar experiment, shelved them and, as far as friends and colleagues know, never returned to them in his lifetime. More 50 years later, Jeffrey Bada, Miller's former student...

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2011-03-17 10:19:55

Scripps researchers document the history of sudden global warming events, impacts on marine life Bursts of intense global warming that have lasted tens of thousands of years have taken place more frequently throughout history than previously believe, according to evidence gathered by a team led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers. Richard Norris, a professor of geology at Scripps who co-authored the report, said that releases of carbon dioxide sequestered in the...

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2011-03-03 12:27:56

Phytoplankton peak arising up to 50 days early, with unknown impacts on marine food chain and carbon cycling Warming temperatures and melting ice in the Arctic may be behind a progressively earlier bloom of a crucial annual marine event, and the shift could hold consequences for the entire food chain and carbon cycling in the region. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, along with colleagues in Portugal and Mexico, plotted the yearly spring bloom of...

2011-01-27 23:59:53

Researchers create map of fishery sub-regions necessary for customized ecosystem-based management Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have completed a new study on the geography of commercial fisheries in Northwest Mexico and the results could have far-ranging implications for the sustainable future of marine wildlife in the area. The scientists, led by Scripps postdoctoral researcher Brad Erisman, analyzed data from local fisheries offices around the region...

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2010-12-15 08:25:00

Research uncovers secrets of strange mollusk and its use of light as a possible defense mechanism Two scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have provided the first details about the mysterious flashes of dazzling bioluminescent light produced by a little-known sea snail. Dimitri Deheyn and Nerida Wilson of Scripps Oceanography (Wilson is now at the Australian Museum in Sydney) studied a species of "clusterwink snail," a small marine snail typically found in tight...

2010-09-29 07:00:00

CINCINNATI, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Leveraging its strength and reputation in an effort to define the future of journalism, The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is shifting resources within its newspaper division to add multimedia journalists, editors and web developers in the company's 13 newspaper markets. Through the new Scripps Fellows program, as many as 40 people will be hired for full-time positions that will last either six or 12 months. Recent college graduates or other...

2010-09-21 13:39:00

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Covanta Energy Corporation and Project Kaisei have joined forces to clean up ocean debris as part of a project commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The partnership was formally announced today during the opening plenary at CGI's annual meeting in New York. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Both...

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2010-07-18 08:00:00

Researchers at Monash University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography identify movements of plate and plate boundaries; could substantially improve models of tectonic motion A team of researchers including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego geophysicist Dave Stegman has developed a new theory to explain the global motions of tectonic plates on the earth's surface. The new theory extends the theory of plate tectonics - a kinematic description of plate motion without reference...

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2010-07-15 08:47:49

New detailed observations of what happens when glaciers float on ocean surface Glaciers that lose their footing on the seafloor and begin floating behave very erratically, according to a new study led by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researcher. Floating glaciers produce larger icebergs than their grounded cousins and do so at unpredictable intervals, according to Scripps glaciologist Fabian Walter and colleagues in a paper to be published in the journal Geophysical...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.