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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...

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...

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...

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...

Chemical compound holds promise as cancer treatment with fewer side effects 

A synthetic version of a rare toxin produced by a sea creature appears to hold promise for treating many different types of cancer while minimizing the harmful side effects of widely used chemotherapy drugs. Read more...

 

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years

Nanoscience research involves molecules that are only 1/100th the size of cancer cells and that have the potential to profoundly improve the quality of our health and our lives. Read more...

Organic chemistry sizzles for BACON students around the world

Organic chemistry is considered intimidating by many students. California Professor of the Year Neil Garg has been wildly successful in getting UCLA students to love the subject.  Read more...

A promising step toward controlling Zika virus and dengue fever

UCLA researchers were part of an international team that has used X-rays to reveal the structure of a molecule that is toxic to disease-carrying mosquitoes. This would put science one step closer to genetically engineering a toxin that would be lethal to species that carry dengue fever and the Zika virus. Read more...

UCLA physicists demonstrate method to study atoms critical to medicine

UCLA physicists have shown that shining multicolored laser light on rubidium atoms causes them to lose energy and cool to nearly absolute zero. This result suggests that atoms fundamental to chemistry, such as hydrogen and carbon, could allow researchers to study the details of reactions involved in medicine. Read more...

J. Fraser Stoddart wins 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry

J. Fraser Stoddart, who was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA from 1997 to 2008 and is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Read more...

Research resolves debate over 'killer electrons' in space

New findings by a UCLA-led international team of researchers answer a fundamental question about our space environment and will help scientists develop methods to protect valuable telecommunication and navigation satellites. Read more...

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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...

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 will participate in NSF-funded science and technology imaging center

UCLA is helping to lead the new, cutting-edge Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging. The center is funded by a five-year, $24 million award from the National Science Foundation...Read more...