Jean-Luc Margot identified several flaws in a 2004 article that claimed hospital admissions increased when there was a full moon.Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards...  Read More

Jingyi Jessica LiUCLA statistician helps resolve dispute about how gene expression is controlled

The differences between different tissues, such as brain and muscle, and between healthy and unhealthy human cells are largely defined by changes in the abundance of proteins in the cells...  Read More

The blue background is a Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC 5253; the white spots are young star clusters. Superimposed is the gas (fuzzy red to yellow) as seen by the Submillimeter Array. The brightest part of the image is Cloud D.More than a million stars are forming in a mysterious dusty gas cloud in a nearby galaxy

More than a million young stars are forming in a hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a tiny galaxy near our own, an international team of astronomers has discovered...  Read More

Hubble Space Telescope image showing the light of a supernova split into four images by a foreground elliptical galaxy embedded in a giant cluster of galaxies.Astronomers report first discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova

Using multiple images that reached the Earth at different times, astronomers including a UCLA professor have reported the first discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova. A supernova, the end stage of life for very massive stars, can briefly...  Read More

Astronaut Anna Lee FisherAstronaut Anna Lee Fisher inspires UCLA chemistry and biochemistry students

"With a chemistry degree, you can go pretty much anywhere," three-time UCLA alumna Anna Lee Fisher told a roomful of students Monday evening at a UCLA Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar. In her case, "anywhere" can extend beyond...  Read More

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy.Scientist Smadar Naoz awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected among 126 scientists and scholars from throughout the United States and Canada to receive a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship from the...  Read More

Alexander KusenkoUCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of particles, or matter, and not antiparticles, or antimatter. That asymmetry, which favors matter to a very small degree, has puzzled...  Read More

A section of 1.8 billion-year-old fossil-bearing rock. The fossils (dark areas) are essentially identical to fossils 500 million years older and to modern microorganisms.Scientists discover organism that hasn't evolved in more than 2 billion years

An international team of scientists has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported — a type of deep-sea microorganism that appears not to have evolved over more than 2 billion years. But the researchers say that the...  Read More

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy.Smadar Naoz awarded astronomy’s Annie Jump Cannon Prize for outstanding research

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy, was selected to receive the prestigious 2015 American Astronomical Society Annie Jump Cannon Prize for outstanding research and the promise for future exceptional...  Read More

Aradhna TripatiAradhna Tripati honored with E.O. Wilson Award for biodiversity conservation

Aradhna Tripati, a UCLA assistant professor in the departments of Earth, planetary and space sciences, and atmospheric and oceanic sciences, was presented the annual E.O. Wilson Award...  Read More

Exploring Your UniversePublic's invited to UCLA's annual science day, 'Exploring Your Universe'

UCLA will host its free, annual "Exploring Your Universe" event, a day for the public to have fun learning about science, this Sunday, Nov. 16, from 12 noon until 5 p.m., with some activities continuing until 8 p.m., weather permitting...  Read More

Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles) and Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg Interview: Breakthrough Prizes and Turning Scientists Into Heroes Again

On Sunday night, Silicon Valley’s elite ventured deep into their walk-in closets, past the rows of uniformly colored T-shirts, to retrieve their formal wear...  Read More

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