Humpback whales getting a feed.
Janie Wray/North Coast Cetacean Society
A new study shows that the way humpback whales choose their habitats is affected by humans.
Businessmen pass by Occupy Wall Street protesters at New York’s Zuccotti Park in 2011.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
The wealthy evade taxes and are less likely to donate to charity, but does this mean they're more selfish than everyone else? New research suggests not.
How you package the information matters.
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Are we in a race against climate change? Or is it a war? How does thinking of the past or the future affect your support for the science? Researchers are learning how metaphors and context matter.
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We need international agreement on a set of Earth's 'vital signs' and how to measure them.
A wall to nowhere?
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President Trump signed an executive order to get construction started and ask Congress to pay up front, but good luck getting Mexico to foot the bill.
A rally against President Donald Trump’s order that restricts travel to the U.S.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
This isn't the first time the US has banned people based on nationality. History shows these exclusions have put our national security at risk and caused rifts with foreign allies.
Yeah, I’m not hearing that.
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Quirks of human psychology can pose problems for science communicators trying to cover controversial topics. Recognizing what cognitive science knows about how we deal with new information could help.
A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.
A dead vaquita entangled in a gillnet.
NOAA Fisheries West Coast
As the vaquita porpoise heads towards extinction, new management measures in Mexico still may have missed the point -- affecting not one but two critically endangered marine species.
Cell nucleus with RNA.
Aging and cancer appear to be closely linked, as over time, cells accumulate hits in their DNA code. But now research has turned to the role of RNA. Is RNA the key to a longer life?
Fluorescent image of the coral
Pocillopora damicornis. The field of view is approximately 4.1 x 3.4 mm.
Andrew D. Mullen/UCSD
Could this new technology do for the microscopic marine world what the first telescopes did for the heavens above?
Imagined view from the surface of one of the newly discovered planets, with ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 in the background.
We don't need to look for Earth-like planets exclusively around Sun-like stars. Tiny, dim TRAPPIST-1 has only 11 percent the diameter of the Sun and is much redder.
Mangrove patch in the arid landscape of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.
Octavio Aburto / iLCP
Study shows mangrove forests along desert coasts have potential to lock up large amounts of carbon and buffer against rising seas.
Productivity hotspots in an otherwise nutrient-poor ocean. High abundances of plankton-eating fish on an Indo-Pacific coral reef.
Scientists say they've answered a long-held question of Darwin's on why islands are so productive – an important step toward planning protections against the effects of climate change.
A mentoring program can provide crucial support to students.
January is National Mentoring Month. A retired professor at UC San Diego has paired emeriti professors with first-generation students to great effect.
When we speak of writer’s block, we may actually be talking about a ‘creation block’.
The dreaded blank page haunts every writer. But what happens in your brain when you run dry? And, more importantly, what – if anything – can be done about it?
Sardines (Sardinops sagax) in Mexico (Octavio Aburto)
Gulf of California Marine Program - http://gulfprogram.ucsd.edu
Over the past 80 years sardine and anchovy have become icons of modern-day marine biology, oceanography and climate research.
Would giving disaster victims cash, rather than just supplies, help them get back on their feet faster?
When disaster strikes, billions of dollars are spent on food and supplies, with little accounting of whether relief groups bought the right things or what impact they had.
More like these? Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
New analysis shows that warmer ocean temperatures in the Pacific are creating more intense typhoons.
Cannonball Jellyfish in the Gulf of California.
Yazmin Flores for GCMP
In a changing climate, ocean populations sometimes rise and fall in unpredictable waves. Scientists, managers and fishers must make economically and ecologically sound decisions based on long-term outlooks.