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August 5 2004
Biodiversity: The Little Guys Matter
How little we know about the Earth's most abundant lifeforms - living things too small to see.
by Robert Cowen, The Christian Science Monitor
July 29, 2004
Rock from Moon Visits Earth
Another Moon rock that landed on Earth.
by Robert Roy Britt, MSNBC: Technology & Science
July 15 2004
People Everywhere
Article highlights the large-scale impact of people on Earth. In the continental U.S., scientists estimate that pavement covers an area nearly the size of Ohio. Globally, they estimate that people use 14 to 26 percent of available food resources for the planet (primary productivity).
by Robert Cowen, The Christian Science Monitor
July 7 2004
Ultra-miniature diatoms
Scientists study how diatoms manufacture their shells because similar materials may have valuable commercial uses. The shells of diatoms are remarkably small, intricate and beautiful. Article cites Scripps scientists Mark Hildebrand, among others.
by Scott LaFee, NEWS
July 1, 2004
7-Year Trip to Saturn's Rings
First images of Saturn's rings from the Cassini spacecraft reveal even greater beauty upon arrival. A close-up look at Saturn's rings.
MSNBC: Technology & Science
Cassini-Huygens Mission, JPL
Homepage for Cassini-Huygens Mission.
NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
December 18 2003
Global Dimming
Scientists determine that about 3% less sunlight has been making it to the Earth's surface every decade, over the last 5 decades. What's causing the dimming? Solar output doesn't seem to be the cause. It's something on Earth.
by David Adam, Guardian Unliited
June 17 2004
Shell Chairman on Climate Change
Industry executive comments on the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on global climate.
BBC News: World Edition
June 10, 2004
Swimming in Our Own Ick
Article about water quality on beaches. Highlights status of monitoring and ongoing research to locate sources of pollutants.
by Mark Clayton, The Christian Science Monitor
June 10, 2004
Secret Violence of Hawaiian Volcano
Recent finds suggest that Hawaiian volcanoes can be more explosive than previously thought.
by Peter N. Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor
June 9, 2004
Sun Does Figure-8
How the noontime position of the Sun appears in our sky over the course of a year.
Copyley News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune;
June 8, 2004
Venus, a Speck in the Sun
From the Earth's point of view, "Venus makes two passes across the sun, eight years apart, every 122 years; the next one will be in 2012."
by Mort Rosenblum, MSNBC: Technology & Science
June 6, 2004
Atlantis at Last?
Area in southern Spain is a potential candidate.
by Paul Rincon, BBC News: World Edition
Cicada Info from U. of Maryland
Updates and general information about cicadas and the recent surfacing of Brood X.
University of Maryland
May 14, 2004
Killer Asteroid at End of Permian Too?
A team of scientists, led by SIO graduate and UCSB geologist Luann Becker, think they've discovered long-sought evidence of the impact that could caused massive extinction on Earth 250 million years ago.
by Dave Santucci, CNN: Science & Space
April 27, 2004
Solar Energy turns 50
Brief history of the advent of solar technolgies, the ability to turn sunlight into electricity.
April 8, 2004
First pet cat?
Discovery of oldest burial, 9,500 years ago, of a cat and human together.
by Paul Rincon, BBC News: World Edition: Science / Nature
April 7 2004
Meltdown in Greenland
Scientists think it's possible that the ice on Greenland could melt and cause sea level to rise by 7 meters based on estimates of rising temperature.
by Patricia Reaney, MSNBC: Technology & Science
April 6, 2004
Satellite Sees Drought in the Amazon
Article points out how a satellite can measure the degrees of drought when the view may still be green overall.
Scientific Science News
March 25, 2004
What's Causing Sea Level Rise?
Short article about scientists who think that melting ice plays a greater role in causing rising sea level than previously thought.
by Peter N. Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor
March 11, 2004
Doing More with Less Water
U.S. Geological Survey finds that water use in the U.S. has been stable since the mid-1980s, even though the population has grown since then.
February 24, 2004
Green Polar Bears
Short article about efforts to reverse the growth of green algae in polar bear fur.
ABC International
February 12, 2004
Burial at Sea - What Happens Going Down?
Scientists are investigating what happens to the dead things that fall into the deep ocean. Is there any reason to think that a different proportion of dead matter will decompose near the surface vs. the deep sea? Depending, it may help or hurt our greenhouse warming situation.
by Peter N. Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor
January 26, 2004
Millipede - Oldest Creature on Land
Highlights the discovery of the oldest creature to have lived on land 420 million years ago.
San Diego Union-Tribune;
December 8, 2003
Cool Weather Makes Nice Violins
Article raises the possibility that climatic impacts on the density of trees helped master violinmaker Antonio Stradivari produce exceptionally fine instruments. Science & Space
2003  October to present
SoCal Fires: SD Union Tribune
Ongoing collection of articles about the massive San Diego fires that started in late October of 2003. After the Fires
2003  October to present
SoCal Fires: LA Daily News
Ongoing collection of articles about the massive southern California fires that started in late October of 2003.
LA Daily News: Season of the Wildire
2003  December 4, 2004
Farewell Cruise for Nuclear Reactor
Discusses issues associated with dismantling and disposing of a used nuclear reactor at San Onofre, California.
by Daniel B. Wood, The Christian Science Monitor: Sci | Tech
2003  November 19
2 New Species of Whale
Questions whether a large gelatinous blob that washed up on the beach in Chile is part of giant octopus or whale.
by John Roach, National Geographic News
2003  November 17
New Endangered Species List
Highlights numerous endangered species on this year's redlist of the World Conservation Union.
Reuters, MSNBC: News
2003  November 12
Solar Flares
Highlights high solar activity and its impact on satellites.
by Sallie Baliunas, Tech Central Station
2003  November 6, 2003
The "Fossil" in Fuel
Article about the origins and finite supplies of fossil fuels such as oil and gas.
By Lee Dye, Dyehard Science
2003  November 2
Is there Water on the Moon?
Continuing uncertainty about whether there is much water on the moon.
by Rick Callahan, AP; NEWS
2003  October 29
World Ocean Census
Findings of the Census of Marine Life. Science & Space
2003  October 9, 2003
Garbage in Space
News that garbage is beginning to pile up in orbit around the Earth.
By Peter N. Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor
2003  September 25
Shipping Lanes Moved to Save Whales
Recent red tides along the San Diego coast.
by Terry Rodgers, San Diego Union-Tribune;
2003  September 24, 2003
Happy 100'th Birthday Scripps!
Article in local newspaper commemorating Scripps' Centennial.
By Bruce Lieberman, Union-Tribune;
2003  September 20
After Hurricane Isabel
Getting back to normal after Hurricane Isabel. Weather
2003  September 16, 2003
NOAA Satellite Photos of Isabel
Brief article and satellite images of Hurricane Isabel.
NOAA Magazine, NOAA
2003  August 4
Mars—Closest in Nearly 60,000 Years
Watching the closest approach of Mars in 60,000 years.
2003  August 14
Last Chance for Coral Reefs
Highlights history of damage and urgency of their demise described in the August 15 issue of the scientific journal Science. References SIO scientist Jeremy Jackson.
by Daniel Kane, MSNBC:Technology & Science
2003  July 22
Scripps Grad Unlocks Secrets of the Hulk
Studying the stretchiness of sea cucumbers to solve medical problems. Highlights SIO grad Greg Szulgit.
by Lee Dye,
2003  June 27
SIO & Sea World Help Manatees
Developing technologies to alert boaters to the presence of manatees. Highlights work of SIO scientist Jules Jaffe.
2003  June 16
Offshore Tidal Energy
Offshore turbine built off coast of Britain to capture energy in tides.
BBC News: World Edition: UK: England
2003  July 9
Horseshoe Crabs in Search for Aliens
Chemicals in the blood of horseshoe crabs help to detect microbial life.
by Amanda Onion,
2003  July 2
What Washed Up on the Beach?
Questions whether a large gelatinous blob that washed up on the beach in Chile is part of giant octopus or whale.
by Jeordan Legone, & Space
2003  May 22
George Will on Geology
The politic writer turns his attention to geology and Simon Winchester's new book -- "Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883".
by George Will, The Sacramento Bee;
2003  May 14
Where are all the big fish?
Summarizes new findings documenting disappearance of large marine fish from the world oceans. by Marsh Walton, Science & Space
2003  May 8
Tornadoes strike southeastern U.S.
Tornadoes devastate Oklahoma into Kansas. Weather
2003  March 5
Shipping Lanes Moved to Save Whales
Shipping lane change to accommodate feeding Northern right whales in the Bay of Fundy.
by Simone Swink, National Geographic Today; National Geographic News
2003  January 9
Lobsters eat-and-run
Surveillance shows busy lobsters outwitting traps.
by Colin Woodard, Special to The Christian Science Monitor;
2003  January 3
Antarctica: Ice melt and sea level rise
Studies observe melting of Antarctic ice over the last 10,000 years.
BBC News: World Edition
2002  December 8
Who owns the Colorado?
Difficulties among California stakeholders in agreeing on water use from the Colorado River amidst looming federal deadline.
by Michael Gardner, Copley News Service;
2002  November 30
Scripps Treasures at Risk
Potential impacts of state budget cuts on oceanographic collections at SIO.
Bruce Lieberman, San Diego Union-Tribune;
2002  November 27
Earth's moon, a new frontier
Commercial ventures on their way to the moon.
2002  August 22
What Bubbles Do for You!
Highlights the importance of ocean bubbles in generating sound, influencing climate, and transfering gasses between air, sea, and living things. Highlights the work of SIO scientists Grant Deane and M. Dale Stokes.
by Amanda Onion,
2002  August to present
Earth Summit-Johannesburg
Connection to information about the Earth Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 26 through September 4, 2002.
2002  July 22
Scripps Scientist Answers Questions about California Assembly Bill 1493
SIO scientist Wolf Berger answers questions related to the bill.
by Wolfgang Berger, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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