Physics & Astronomy News

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Neurophysics professor Mayank R. Mehta and colleagues have measured activity of a brain region involved in learning, memory and Alzheimer's disease during sleep. Read More
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Astronomer Ned Wright investigates whether dark matter "halos" aren't completely dark after all but contain a small number of stars. Read More
Friday, November 9, 2012 Physics & Astronomy Chair James Rosenzweig's article "Funding Vital to U.S. Science Reputation" is online in the UCLA Daily Bruin. Read More
Friday, November 9, 2012 UCLA astronomer Ben Zuckerman and co-author Inseok Song have discovered why comet collisions every six seconds explain a 17-year-old stellar mystery. Read More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 The UCLA outreach group Astronomy Live! will host "Exploring Your Universe 2012" on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12 to 8pm at UCLA. Read More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 UCLA professor of physics and astronomy Jianwei (John) Miao and European colleagues have developed a process called equally sloped tomography, or EST, to allow breast tumors to be detected earlier and with much greater accuracy. These images are two to three times sharper than those made using current CT scanners at hospitals. The technique also uses a lower dose of X-ray radiation than a mammogram. Read More
Thursday, October 4, 2012 UCLA astronomers report the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole, said research co-author Andrea Ghez, leader of the discovery team and a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. Read More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Roberto Peccei, along with Prof. Emeritus Helen Quinn of SLAC, will share the 2013 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in particle theory. Professor Peccei is the first UCLA recipient of the Sakurai prize, named in honor of our late colleague here in the department. Read More
Monday, October 1, 2012 Rene Ong and Vladimir Vasiliev have won a major NSF grant entitled "Development of a Novel Telescope for Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics." Although there are many collaborators on this project, UCLA is the lead and the telescope design comes from Vladimir's early pioneering efforts with this kind of optical design.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 For the first time a distant spiral galaxy is being observed as it existed roughly three billion years after the Big Bang. "As you go back in time to the early universe, galaxies look really strange, clumpy and irregular, not symmetric," said Alice Shapley, a UCLA associate professor of physics and astronomy, and co-author of the study. "The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks. Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?" Read More