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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...

UCLA physicists part of new NSF-funded Center for Bright Beams

Three UCLA faculty members — physics professors Pietro Musumeci and James Rosenzweig, and adjunct professor William Barletta — are participating in a new, cutting-edge NSF-funded Center for Bright Beams. UCLA will receive nearly $1.6 million and will conduct beam generation and beam dynamics research. 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