Astronomers capture best view ever of disintegrating comet

Astronomers have captured the sharpest, most detailed observations of a comet breaking apart 67 million miles from Earth, using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The discovery is published online today in Astrophysical Journal Letters.  Read more.

Craig MerlicUCLA chemistry professor makes strides in improving laboratory safety nationally

Merlic, an associate professor of chemistry at UCLA who conducts research in organic chemistry and green chemistry, has been committed to laboratory safety for three decades. Read more...


UCLA chemists report new insights about properties of matter at the nanoscale

UCLA nanoscience researchers have determined that a fluid that behaves similarly to water in our day-to-day lives becomes as heavy as honey when trapped in a nanocage of a porous solid...  Read more...

UCLA physicists discover 'apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics'UCLA physicists discover 'apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics'

According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same temperature as the surrounding air...  Read More

UCLA astronomers make first accurate measurement of oxygen in distant galaxyUCLA astronomers make first accurate measurement of oxygen in distant galaxy

UCLA astronomers have made the first accurate measurement of the abundance of oxygen in a distant galaxy. Oxygen, the third-most abundant chemical element in the universe, is created inside stars and released into interstellar gas when stars die...  Read More

Miguel García-Garibay named dean of UCLA Division of Physical SciencesMiguel García-Garibay named dean of UCLA Division of Physical Sciences

As a youngster in central Mexico, Miguel García-Garibay discussed nature, plants and insects on mountain hikes with his father, who was an elementary school teacher. By middle school, García-Garibay excelled at biology and mathematics...  Read More

The extremely similar chemical composition of rocks on the Earth and moon helped scientists determine that a head-on collision, not a glancing blow, took place between Earth and Theia.Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report...  Read More

UCLA ranks 10th among all universities and research institutions worldwide and sixth in the U.S. in terms of number of faculty named to the list.29 UCLA faculty on Thomson Reuters ‘most cited’ list for influential scholarship

Twenty-nine UCLA faculty members are among the most influential scientists in their fields for 2015, as determined by Thomson Reuters...  Read More

Neil Garg speaking about his award-winning teaching techniques at TEDxUCLA earlier this year.Neil Garg named 2015 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching California Professor of the Year

Neil Garg, professor and vice chair for education in UCLA's department of chemistry and biochemistry, has been selected as the 2015 Carnegie Foundation...  Read More

When applied to our solar system, Margot’s approach places the eight planets into one distinct category and the dwarf planets - including Ceres, pictured - into another.UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet

Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them...  Read More

Seulgi Moon maps bedrock fractures in Gordon Gulch, Colorado.Technique for analyzing bedrock could help builders, planners identify safe building zones

Research by a UCLA geologist and colleagues could give builders and urban planners more detailed information about how susceptible areas are to landslides and earthquakes...  Read More

Mark Harrison at UCLA.Life on Earth likely started at least 4.1 billion years ago — much earlier than scientists had thought

UCLA geochemists have found evidence that life likely existed on Earth at least 4.1 billion years ago — 300 million years earlier than previous research suggested...  Read More

A rendering of telomerase, showing the enzyme’s various subunits.Scientists produce clearest-ever images of enzyme that plays key roles in aging, cancer

An enzyme called telomerase plays a significant role in aging and most cancers, but until recently many aspects of the enzyme’s structure could not be clearly seen...  Read More

The scientists were able to plot the exact coordinates of nine layers of atoms with a precision of 19 trillionths of a meter.UCLA physicists determine the three-dimensional positions of individual atoms for the first time

toms are the building blocks of all matter on Earth, and the patterns in which they are arranged dictate how strong, conductive or flexible a material will be...  Read More

The researchers conducted tests inside a sophisticated vacuum chamber. An aluminum sphere (center), helped suppress dark energy fields called chameleon fields.UCLA physicist tests theories of dark energy by mimicking the vacuum of space

Besides the atoms that make up our bodies and all of the objects we encounter in everyday life, the universe also contains mysterious dark matter and dark energy. The latter, which causes galaxies to accelerate away from one another...  Read More

Jupiter-like planetJupiter-like planet discovered outside our solar system

A planet 100 light-years away that resembles a young Jupiter has been discovered by an international team of astronomers that includes six UCLA scientists...  Read More

Christopher RussellChristopher Russell testifies before Congress on the Dawn Mission

Professor Christopher Russell of the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics testified before Congress on Tuesday, July 28, about his work with NASA’s Dawn Mission...  Read More

Cherenkov Telescope Array2 UCLA astronomers have key roles in development of world’s largest array of gamma-ray telescopes

UCLA astronomy professors Rene Ong and Vladimir Vassiliev are playing important roles in an international initiative to build the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy...  Read More

Andrea GhezAndrea Ghez to receive Royal Society’s Bakerian Medal

UCLA professor Andrea Ghez will be awarded the 2015 Bakerian Medal, the Royal Society’s premier prize lecture in the physical sciences, the organization announced today...  Read More

Solar Energy StorageUCLA chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time...  Read More