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UCLAUCLA astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy’s enormous black...  Read More

UCLAUCLA ranked 12th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

UCLA remains in the top tier of all universities in the world, according to the 2014–15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which were published today. The Times ranked UCLA No. 12 among the top 400 universities worldwide...  Read More

UCLA professor Carla Koehler in her laboratoryBiochemists solve 'address problem' in cells that leads to lethal kidney disease

Research by UCLA biochemists may lead to a new treatment — or even a cure — for PH1, a rare and potentially deadly genetic kidney disease that afflicts children. Their findings also may provide important insights into treatments for Parkinson's...  Read More

Two wildfires in California this month, including this one near Bass Lake, have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes.UCLA scientists play key role in developing new Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index

UCLA atmospheric scientists were instrumental in the creation of the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index — a new tool to classify the fire threat potential of the powerful, hot, dry Santa Ana wind, which can turn a spark into an inferno. The index was introduced...  Read More

UCLA researchers will study regions off the coasts of California (pictured) and Oregon, Peru and Chile, southern Africa, and Spain and northern Africa.With NSF grant, UCLA scientists to predict climate change in key coastal regions around the world

The world’s four most diverse and populous coastal habitats, described by researchers as the “marine equivalents of the Amazon rain forest,” are under threat from climate change...  Read More

UCLA professor Stanley OsherLongtime UCLA professor earns highest honor in applied mathematics

Stanley Osher, UCLA professor of mathematics and former director of applied mathematics, is the third person ever to be awarded the prestigious Gauss Prize, the highest honor in applied mathematics...  Read More

Thirty Meter TelescopeConstruction to begin in Hawaii on world's most advanced telescope

With the recent approval of a sublease by Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources, initial construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope — destined to be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope in the world — can now begin later this year...  Read More

Mercury, with colors enhanced to emphasize the chemical, mineralogical and physical differences among the rocks that make up its surface.Mercury's magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's

Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury's interior differs from Earth's in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field, UCLA planetary physicists and colleagues report...  Read More

Steven Lopez (upper left) huddles with students from Los Angeles Mission College. His efforts to reach out to underrepresented students and students from underserved schools have won him campuswide recognition.Ph.D. student works to recruit diverse pool of young scientists

As a scientist, Steven Lopez has always insisted on practicality and logic. He likes to take this same approach with...  Read More

Terence TaoUCLA's Terence Tao awarded inaugural $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

Terence Tao, widely considered one of the world’s leading mathematicians, has been named one of five inaugural recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, an award established by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Russian...  Read More

Neil Garg (far left) teaching Chemistry 14D.Has organic chemistry become UCLA's most beloved class?

Over dinner at Neil Garg’s home, several of his second-year honors students recalled the advice they heard before even starting UCLA: "Make sure you take Neil Garg for organic chemistry." All of them said they now pass that same advice on to younger...  Read More

UCLA prof gives TV viewers bird's-eye view of climate changeUCLA prof gives TV viewers bird's-eye view of climate change

When UCLA professor Alex Hall considered all the different ways he might one day be educating people about climate change, flying over Los Angeles in a helicopter with actor Matt Damon and a documentary crew was absolutely nowhere on his list...  Read More

Representation of the chemical structure of the mutated enzyme LovD9Scientists reveal structural secrets of enzyme used to make popular anti-cholesterol drug

In pharmaceutical production, identifying enzyme catalysts that help improve the speed and efficiency of the process can be a major boon. Figuring out exactly why a particular enzyme works so well is an altogether different quest...  Read More

Tropical glacier in Papua New GuineaUCLA study yields more accurate data on thousands of years of climate change

Using a cutting-edge research technique, UCLA researchers have reconstructed the temperature history of a region that plays a major role in determining climate around the world...  Read More

GPI's image of dust disk orbiting HR4796AWorld's most powerful planet-finder turns skyward with help from UCLA astronomers

After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets outside our solar system is now collecting light from distant worlds...  Read More

Large meteorite that hit Arizona 50,000 years agoSpace rocks hit UCLA: California's largest meteorite museum opens on campus

California's largest collection of meteorites, and the fifth-largest collection in the nation, is on display in the new UCLA Meteorite Gallery, which is free to the public...  Read More

Sagittarius AEvidence of jet of high-energy particles from Milky Way's black hole found by astronomers

For decades, astronomers have sought strong evidence that the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is producing a jet of...  Read More

UCLA Grand ChallengesA grand goal: moving L.A. to only local water, renewable energy by 2050

Leaders from UCLA, the White House and Los Angeles today unveiled a university plan to turn Los Angeles into a global model for urban sustainability...  Read More

Freakish asteroid'Freakish' asteroid discovered, resembles rotating lawn sprinkler

Astronomers have discovered a "weird and freakish object" resembling a rotating lawn sprinkler in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter...  Read More

Zvi BernPhysicist to receive Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

Zvi Bern, professor of physics, has been selected to receive the American Physical Society’s 2014 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, awarded...  Read More