Discover magazine names two UCLA faculty among “brightest people alive”

Mathematics professor Terence Tao and assistant professor of mathematics Joseph Teran have been named two of the 50 “Best Brains in Science” by Discover magazine.

Plate tectonics started over 4 billion years ago, geochemists report

A new picture of the early Earth is emerging, including the surprising finding that plate tectonics may have started more than 4 billion years ago — much earlier than scientists had believed.

Two UCLA students named Rhodes Scholars for 2009

A UCLA senior and a recent graduate have been chosen as winners of prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and best known award for international study.

Extinct sabertooth cats were social, found strength in numbers

The sabertooth cat, one of the most iconic extinct mammals, was likely to be a social animal, living and hunting like lions today, according to new UCLA research.

Online bullying: A Common Problem

Nearly three in four teenagers say they were bullied online at least once during a recent 12-month period, according to a new study by UCLA researchers.

UCLA mathematicians discover 13-million digit prime number

The team identified the first Mersenne prime number with more than 10 million digits.

UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez named MacArthur Fellow

Professor of physics and astronomy Andrea Ghez on Tuesday was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2008 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Study offers new insights into teenagers, anxiety disorders

Can scientists predict who will develop anxiety disorders years in advance? UCLA psychology professor Michelle Craske is evaluating 650 students to identify risk factors for the development of anxiety and depression — the most comprehensive study of its kind.


Unique nanoscale droplets have cancer-fighting potential

The droplets produced by UCLA scientists are much smaller than a human cell and have implications for the targeted delivery of anti-cancer drugs.

Scientists solve 30-year-old aurora borealis mystery

UCLA space scientists and colleagues have identified the mechanism that leads to the explosive release of energy that causes the spectacular brightening of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.