Latest Scripps Institution of Oceanography Stories

2009-09-01 14:57:03

U.S. scientists studying a mid-July to early August 2006 heat wave that struck the southwestern United States say such extremes are becoming more likely. The 2006 heat wave broke many high temperature and humidity records, scientists said, leading to the deaths of more than 600 people, 25,000 cattle and 70,000 poultry in California alone. An analysis of that episode by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego suggests such regional...

2009-08-28 09:45:38

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography says it's investigating whether a Texas-size vortex of trash in the Pacific Ocean could be turned into fuel. Scripps researchers recently returned from the area, dubbed the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, about 1,000 miles of the California coast. The patch, officially known as the North Pacific gyre, is one of five places in the world's oceans where trade winds trap floating debris and damage ecosystems, The San Diego Union Tribune reported Friday....

2009-08-28 11:10:00

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues at Creighton University have deciphered the highly unusual molecular structure of a naturally produced, ocean-based compound that is giving new understanding of the function of mammalian nerve cells.The findings are reported in the Aug. 27 online version of the journal Chemistry & Biology by principal co-investigators William Gerwick, professor of oceanography and pharmaceutical sciences at the Center...

2009-08-28 06:20:00

Scientists recently returned from an expedition into the "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch." The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) crew got a close up view of the plastic debris floating in a remote region of the Pacific Ocean. The researchers left San Diego on August 2 to visit the garbage patch, located 1,000 miles off California's coast. Samples of the garbage were taken for analysis. Little has been known about the size of the "garbage patch" and its...

2009-08-25 09:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), is collaborating with the laboratories of research microbiologist Dr. Paul Jensen and Professor William Fenical at the University of California at San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography to find deep sea microorganisms with potential applications for pest management. UC's Industry University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRP) awarded Dr. Jensen's Lab a Discovery Grant for the joint project. As a...

2009-08-21 09:37:26

Luminescent sea worms that eject glowing green blobs have been found off the Oregon coast at depths up to 11,000 feet, scientists said. Oregon is the hotbed for these guys, said co-discoverer Karen J. Osborn, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. Using a remotely operated submarine, Osborn and her team found the worms they dubbed Green Bombers between 5,900 and 11,000 feet below the surface, The Oregonian reported Friday. The worms, formally named Swima...

2009-08-21 07:20:00

Researchers have discovered a new species of worm, dubbed the "green bomber." The worms, which live thousands of feet beneath the sea, can cast off green glowing body parts. In all, a total of seven new worm species were discovered by a research team led by Karen Osborn of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California. The report on the worms will be in Friday's edition of the journal Science. "We found a whole new group of fairly large, extraordinary animals that we...

2009-08-14 17:10:00

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Dot Eco LLC (www.supportdoteco.com), the group backed by Al Gore, the Alliance For Climate Protection, Sierra Club and Surfrider Foundation, announced today its first of a series of key appointments that Jim Dufour, Associate Director at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, will join the initiative as the group's Chief Environmental Officer. "We are delighted that Jim has accepted our challenge to fully define the future of the .ECO environmental domain....

2009-08-04 14:45:32

A group of scientists set sail from San Francisco Tuesday to study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- a floating dump some say is twice the size of Texas. The researchers say they hope to learn more about the watery garbage dump -- about 1,000 miles west of California -- such as its size, its effects on marine life and whether it can be cleaned up, the San Jose Mercury News reported. This is a problem that is kind of out of sight, out of mind, but it is having devastating impacts on the...

2009-08-04 13:55:24

A group of scientists is setting sail in the Pacific Ocean to study an unusual island that is made up of garbage. The so-called "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is made up of plastic debris that has been collecting under the ocean's surface as people from Asia and the US throw garbage into the water. The ocean tides have trapped most of the unwanted items in a spiral, and the suns rays have slowly broken the items into small particles. The particles become so fine that they could pose a risk to...

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