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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

Jeanne and Anthony PritzkerPritzker family's $20M gift to UCLA targets environment and other societal challenges

The charitable foundation of Los Angeles philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker has donated $20 million to UCLA to create several endowments, largely to support...  Read More

Daily BruinUCLA caters to student interest with actuarial mathematics major

For those with a craving for an interdisciplinary subject that marries finance with math, there is a new major that will quench that thirst...  Read More

Daily BruinAsteroid is named for UCLA's Ian McLean

Ian McLean, director of UCLA's Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, has received many honors in his distinguished career. Now he has an asteroid...  Read More

Process of magnetic reconnection, which powers the phenomena known as space weather.Lunar orbiters discover source of space weather near Earth

Solar storms — powerful eruptions of solar material and magnetic fields into interplanetary space — can cause what is known as "space weather" near Earth, resulting in hazards that range from interference with...  Read More

Dr. David Saltzberg'Big Bang Theory' secret weapon? The real-life science guy

Writers on “The Big Bang Theory” were in a scientific pickle at the end of last season. They were sending Leonard (Johnny Galecki) on a research expedition out in...  Read More

14-year-old chess and math prodigy enrolls at UCLA14-year-old math, chess prodigy enrolls at UCLA

Become a member of the highly competitive United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad team? Check. Become America's top-ranked chess player...  Read More

Model showing third radiation ring (red)UCLA scientists explain the formation of unusual ring of radiation in space

Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in 1958, space scientists have believed these belts encircling the Earth consist of two doughnut-shaped rings of highly charged particles — an inner ring of...  Read More

Charles KnoblerUCLA chemist selected as American Chemical Society Fellow

Charles Knobler, UCLA Research Professor and a former chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected as a member of the 2013 class of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Fellows. The Fellows...  Read More

Black Holes NPRBlack Holes One Of Space's Great Paradoxes

Astronomers know a few things about black holes. On the other hand, Ensign Chekhov and Mr. Spock seem to know all about them...  Read More

Thirty Meter TelescopeMission to build world's most advanced telescope reaches major milestone

With the signing last week of a "master agreement" for the Thirty Meter Telescope — destined to be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope in the world — the University of California and UCLA moved a step closer to...  Read More

Kuo-Nan LiouAtmospheric scientist wins Revelle Medal from American Geophysical Union

UCLA atmospheric scientist Kuo-Nan Liou will receive the 2013 American Geophysical Union Roger Revelle Medal, an award that recognizes scientists for “their outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling...  Read More

The Human ElementThe Human Element

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” and discovered America. Or rather, he was the first European to reach America, where millions of people already lived. And actually some Norsemen had been to the continent before him anyway. That’s how tidy...  Read More

NASA's Van Allen probesHow did a third radiation belt appear in the Earth's upper atmosphere?

Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in in the Earth's upper atmosphere in 1958, space scientists have believed that these belts consisted of two doughnut-shaped rings of highly charged particles — an inner ring of high-energy...  Read More

UCLA's Chem 14Dreamers'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Chemistry)'

When Eurythmics recorded their hit song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" in 1983, they somehow neglected to include chemical equations. Thirty years later, UCLA undergraduates Jessica Lee, Emily Chuang and Christine Nguyen have corrected the omission...  Read More

UCLA chemistry graduate student ready for her Nobel journeyUCLA chemistry graduate student ready for her Nobel journey

From the time she was a young girl, Crystal Valdez was fascinated by science. "When I first learned we are composed of cells and that cells are composed of molecules and atoms, I was amazed and wanted to understand how it...  Read More

Telomerase EnzymeScientists map elusive 3-D structure of telomerase enzyme, key actor in cancer, aging

Like finally seeing all the gears of a watch and how they work together, researchers from UCLA and UC Berkeley have, for the first time ever, solved the puzzle...  Read More

China's Loess PlateauUCLA study shows warming in central China greater than most climate models indicated

Temperatures in central China are 10 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit hotter today than they were 20,000 years ago, during the last ice age, UCLA researchers report...  Read More

Meteorite MuseumUCLA's new Meteorite Museum rocks

Nearly 50,000 years ago, an asteroid fragment slammed into Earth approximately 40 miles east of what is now Flagstaff, Ariz. Upon impact, the celestial projectile...  Read More