Health & Science

  • Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

    Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Clinical trials are the final step before a new drug or treatment is approved for broad use in patients. In a series of phases, these trials investigate whether a new drug or treatment is safe, can be effectively administered and, of course, that it achieves its purpose of improving...

  • Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: It was an exceptionally warm fall here in La Jolla, with record high temperatures being observed day after day. Temperatures on Thanksgiving Day tied the previous high record for that late in November (87 degrees F). Now that we are into winter, many of the flowering shrubs and...

  • BAD TIDINGS: La Jolla flooding circa 2070

    BAD TIDINGS: La Jolla flooding circa 2070

    When La Jolla Shores dedicated a street to Scripps Institution of Oceanography legend Walter Munk in October, Munk thanked the crowd but noted that, in 100 years, “Walter Munk Way will probably be underwater.” A hundred years is a long time for people who have debt, businesses and other more pressing...

  • La Jolla Bee Lady cautiously buzzing

    La Jolla Bee Lady cautiously buzzing

    Ten years ago, colony collapse disorder threatened honeybee populations worldwide. Beekeepers suddenly discovered 30 percent of their hives mysteriously bee-less. Alarm bells went off. While most people view bees as a picnic nuisance, these stinging insects are actually vital to what’s in the picnic...

  • How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    Through the windows of his corner office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography — the office he inherited from Sally Ride after she moved back to the UC San Diego physics department in the early 2000s — Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan has yet to see any of the disastrous effects of global warming predicted...

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