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.

New U.S. Poet Laureate is two-time UCLA Graduate

Kay Ryan, who July 17 was named the poet laureate of the United States, graduated with degrees in English from UCLA in the 1960s.

Scientists learn how what you eat affects your brain

In addition to helping protect us from heart disease and cancer, a balanced diet and regular exercise can also protect the brain and ward off mental disorders, according to a UCLA study.

Student blogs offer inside view of archaeology digs

From late June through July, undergraduates on UCLA archaeological digs around the world will post blogs that provide ample chance for armchair Indiana Joneses to dig in.

Serotonin: Does it affect our sense of fairness?

The neurotransmitter serotonin, which acts as a chemical messenger between nerve cells, plays a critical role in regulating emotions such as aggression during social decision-making, new research by scientists at England’s University of Cambridge and UCLA suggests.

Global warming will negatively impact tropical species, study shows

Global warming may affect the health of species living in tropical climates, according to a study by scientists from UCLA and the University of Washington.