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2009-08-01 07:48:05

Jessica Meir goes to extreme environments to learn how birds and mammals thrive in conditions that humans cannot tolerate, and she tells readers all about it My main research interest is physiology in extreme environments, particularly those with low levels of oxygen. Animals that thrive in such "hypoxic" environments are ideal species to investigate for how their physiology responds. In addition, studying adaptations to hypoxia in animals at high altitude, during hibernation, or in diving...

2009-07-27 14:18:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 16 years, beachgoers have been invited to watch respected surfers, business leaders, community members and cancer survivors "surfing for a cure" at the annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational held at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Now, members of the general public have the opportunity to participate in the Longboard Invitational portion of the event that takes place on Sunday, August 23...

2009-07-22 09:14:33

Bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates faster when they have clean water and lots of sea life at their side, a U.S. university study indicated. The study, lead by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California-San Diego, suggests that better overall ocean health means corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, the university said in a news release. Bleaching events occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to spew out symbiotic...

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2009-07-22 07:05:00

A new study shows that bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates more quickly when they have clean water and plentiful sea life at their side The new research study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests that by improving overall ocean health, corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, which occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to expel their symbiotic algae, known as zooxanthellae. Coral bleaching is a phenomenon...

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2009-06-26 06:05:00

For years scientists have observed the deleterious effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the oceans on shellfish and corals.  Now, a new study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has provided evidence that the physiological development of fish ears is also impacted by the gas. In the June 26 edition of the journal Science, researchers from the San Diego-based institute published a short paper outlining the results of experiments in which young white seabass were...

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2009-05-25 11:15:00

Conservationists are preparing to set out in search of an underwater collection of garbage in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the mainland US. For the past 60 years, the so-called "Plastic Vortex," or "Eastern Garbage Patch" has been collecting just under the ocean's surface as people from Asia and the US throw garbage into the water. According to AFP, 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....

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2009-05-22 07:58:25

Marine mammal videotaped stealing fish provides information about animal's physical features For decades scientists have been intrigued by the variety of sounds emitted by sperm whales, partly due to a popular theory that suggests that the sounds might contain information about the animals' size. But historically it has been extremely difficult to demonstrate that these curious clicking noises can reveal information about the physical characteristics of the massive marine mammals. Now,...

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2009-05-21 08:03:55

Scripps scientists find unexpected role for proteins: antioxidants Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a family of green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) in a primitive sea animal, along with new clues about the role of the proteins that has nothing to do with their famous glow. GFPs recently gained international attention with the awarding of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shared by UC San Diego's...

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2009-04-30 08:25:00

Two newly published papers provide a deeper look at earthquake vulnerability for the Lake Tahoe region For more than a decade, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been unraveling the history of fault ruptures below the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe one earthquake at a time. Two new studies by the Scripps research team offer a more comprehensive analysis of earthquake activity in the Lake Tahoe region, which suggest a magnitude-7 earthquake occurs every...

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2009-04-21 10:27:18

Scripps researchers find that currently scheduled water deliveries from the Colorado River are unlikely to be met if human-caused climate change reduces runoff in the region The Colorado River system supplies water to tens of millions of people and millions of acres of farmland, and has never experienced a delivery shortage. But if human-caused climate change continues to make the region drier, scheduled deliveries will be missed 60-90 percent of the time by the middle of this century,...


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.