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CeresUCLA-led NASA mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

A NASA mission led by UCLA professor Christopher Russell has released new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest asteroid between Mars and Jupiter...  Read More

John MiaoScientist at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute reviews the progress of his invention

In 1999, UCLA professor John Miao pioneered a technique called coherent diffractive imaging, or CDI, which allows scientists to re-create the 3D structure of noncrystalline samples or nanocrystals...  Read More

PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis has unique isotopic signature, UCLA researchers report

Photosynthesis leaves behind a unique calling card in the form of a chemical signature that is spelled out with stable oxygen isotopes, UCLA geochemists reported April 24 in the journal Science...  Read More

DataFestUCLA to host 48-hour DataFest competition April 24-26

More than 200 university undergraduate students will compete in UCLA’s 2015 DataFest competition, which takes place April 24-26 and is sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA)...  Read More

Sriram KosuriBiochemist Sriram Kosuri honored as 2015 Searle Scholar

Sriram Kosuri, UCLA assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, today was named a 2015 Searle Scholar, which recognizes 15 exceptional young scientists who have “already demonstrated innovative research and were selected due to their potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research,” according to the Searle Scholars program...  Read More

2015 Guggenheim FellowsFour UCLA faculty members named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows

Four UCLA faculty members are among a distinguished group of 175 of scholars, artists and scientists from the United States and Canada to receive 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships...  Read More

Meteorite GalleryTwo large meteorites added to UCLA Meteorite Gallery

The UCLA Meteorite Gallery, California’s largest collection of meteorites, has added two large iron meteorites — and both may be touched by the public. Admission to the gallery is free...  Read More

Hybrid SupercapacitorUCLA scientists create quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors

The dramatic rise of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other personal and portable electronics has brought battery technology to the forefront of electronics research...  Read More

Jean-Luc Margot identified several flaws in a 2004 article that claimed hospital admissions increased when there was a full moon.Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards...  Read More

Jingyi Jessica LiUCLA statistician helps resolve dispute about how gene expression is controlled

The differences between different tissues, such as brain and muscle, and between healthy and unhealthy human cells are largely defined by changes in the abundance of proteins in the cells...  Read More

The blue background is a Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC 5253; the white spots are young star clusters. Superimposed is the gas (fuzzy red to yellow) as seen by the Submillimeter Array. The brightest part of the image is Cloud D.More than a million stars are forming in a mysterious dusty gas cloud in a nearby galaxy

More than a million young stars are forming in a hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a tiny galaxy near our own, an international team of astronomers has discovered...  Read More

Hubble Space Telescope image showing the light of a supernova split into four images by a foreground elliptical galaxy embedded in a giant cluster of galaxies.Astronomers report first discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova

Using multiple images that reached the Earth at different times, astronomers including a UCLA professor have reported the first discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova. A supernova, the end stage of life for very massive stars, can briefly...  Read More

Astronaut Anna Lee FisherAstronaut Anna Lee Fisher inspires UCLA chemistry and biochemistry students

"With a chemistry degree, you can go pretty much anywhere," three-time UCLA alumna Anna Lee Fisher told a roomful of students Monday evening at a UCLA Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar. In her case, "anywhere" can extend beyond...  Read More

Alexander KusenkoUCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of particles, or matter, and not antiparticles, or antimatter. That asymmetry, which favors matter to a very small degree, has puzzled...  Read More

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy.Scientist Smadar Naoz awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected among 126 scientists and scholars from throughout the United States and Canada to receive a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship from the...  Read More

A section of 1.8 billion-year-old fossil-bearing rock. The fossils (dark areas) are essentially identical to fossils 500 million years older and to modern microorganisms.Scientists discover organism that hasn't evolved in more than 2 billion years

An international team of scientists has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported — a type of deep-sea microorganism that appears not to have evolved over more than 2 billion years. But the researchers say that the...  Read More

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy.Smadar Naoz awarded astronomy’s Annie Jump Cannon Prize for outstanding research

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy, was selected to receive the prestigious 2015 American Astronomical Society Annie Jump Cannon Prize for outstanding research and the promise for future exceptional...  Read More

Aradhna TripatiAradhna Tripati honored with E.O. Wilson Award for biodiversity conservation

Aradhna Tripati, a UCLA assistant professor in the departments of Earth, planetary and space sciences, and atmospheric and oceanic sciences, was presented the annual E.O. Wilson Award...  Read More

Exploring Your UniversePublic's invited to UCLA's annual science day, 'Exploring Your Universe'

UCLA will host its free, annual "Exploring Your Universe" event, a day for the public to have fun learning about science, this Sunday, Nov. 16, from 12 noon until 5 p.m., with some activities continuing until 8 p.m., weather permitting...  Read More

Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles) and Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg Interview: Breakthrough Prizes and Turning Scientists Into Heroes Again

On Sunday night, Silicon Valley’s elite ventured deep into their walk-in closets, past the rows of uniformly colored T-shirts, to retrieve their formal wear...  Read More