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JupiterExperiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter

Jupiter’s colorful, swirling winds known as “jets” have long puzzled astronomers. The mystery has been solved by a UCLA geophysicist and his team who used a spinning table and a massive garbage can to simulate the planet’s atmosphere. Read more...

UCLA physicists map the atomic structure of an alloy

UCLA physicists and collaborators have mapped the coordinates of more than 23,000 individual atoms in a tiny iron-platinum nanoparticle to reveal the material’s defects. Read more...

white dwarf starDwarf star 200 light years away contains life's building blocks

A UCLA-led team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich in carbon and nitrogen, as well as in oxygen and hydrogen, the components of water. Read more...

Alexander SpokoynyUCLA chemistry & biochemistry faculty member selected for 2017 Sloan Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Alexander Spokoyny is one of four exceptional young UCLA professors selected to receive 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships. Read more...

Isadore RudnickA UCLA connection to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

A UCLA physicist recalls the work of his father, also a UCLA physicist, who defied conventional thinking and whose work has connections to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read more...

JupiterUCLA research shows how warming trends affect the Sierra Nevada now and in the future

Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences professor Alex Hall and Chemistry & Biochemistry professor Neil Berg modeled what future California droughts will look like in terms of snowpack loss. Read more...

Richard Kaner and Maher El-KadyChemistry professor and postdoc featured on PBS' Nova

Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor Richard Kaner and postdoc Maher El-Kady were featured in an episode of the PBS science show NOVA that focused on revolutionary new ways to store energy. Read more...

Aradhna TripatiEPSS professor and graduate student in Popular Science story about climate change

EPSS Associate Professor Aradhna Tripati (center) and graduate student Bryce Mitsunaga (far left) tell Popular Science about their work with climate change. Read more...

DendritesUCLA researchers find the brain is 10 times more active than previously measured

Research led by Physics & Astronomy Professor Mayank Mehta could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works. Read more...

UCLA astrophysicists get rare peek at a baby solar system 300 light-years away

Physics and Astronomy professors Smadar Naoz and Michael Fitzgerald co-authored a study resulting from a rare glimpse into planetary evolution. Read more...

Mark Morris dying starUCLA astronomer observes a dying red giant star’s final act

UCLA professor of physics and astronomy Mark Morris and an international team of astronomers have observed a striking spiral pattern in the gas surrounding a red giant star. Read more...

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Jose Rodriguez named a 2017 Searle Scholar

The honor recognizes exceptional young scientists who have demonstrated "the most creative talent." Read more...

Ian McLeanMcLean to receive American Astronomical Society’s Joseph Weber Award

UCLA physics and astronomy professor Ian McLean has been selected to receive the American Astronomical Society’s 2017 Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation, which is given for outstanding design, invention or significant improvement of instrumentation leading to advances in astronomy. Read more...

Moon rockUCLA-led research team reports the moon is older than scientists thought

A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. The findings are based on an analysis of minerals from the moon called zircons that were brought back to Earth by the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. Read more...

Aradhna TripatiThree outstanding UCLA scientists win Presidential Early Career Awards

Three exceptional young UCLA scientists were honored by President Obama with 2017 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Read more...

UCLA mathematicians bring ocean to life for Disney's ‘Moana’

Professor Joseph Teran and his team applied their knowledge of math, physics and computer science to enliven the new 3-D computer-animated hit, “Moana,” a tale about an adventurous teenage girl who is inspired to leave her island on a daring journey. Read more...

Researcher’s 200-plus wild ‘fairy’ birds make their home at UCLA

Although she's a researcher in geology and volcanology: Melanie Barboni has also made herself an expert in hummingbirds — specifically a wing-flapping, darting, squeaking colony of 200-plus birds that make their home around her campus office. Read more...

UCLA astronomers watch star clusters spewing out dust

A team led by UCLA astronomers has used new data to show that stars are responsible for producing dust on galactic scales, a finding consistent with long-standing theory. Dust is important because it is a key component of rocky planets such as Earth. Read more...

Chilling climate revelations from last ice age

According to research published Nov. 22, climate changes might be expected with the melt of a global freeze, but what’s surprising is how quickly climate and rainfall patterns changed. Read more...

Finding climate answers through a Sierra Nevada haze

Difficult conditions could become the new normal if nothing is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to an article that was published in the Journal of Climate and co-authored by UCLA professor Alex Hall. Read more...