October 15, 1987 |
Two American chemists, including UCLA's Donald J. Cram, and a Frenchman have won the 1987 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday. The chemists were honored for their work over the last two decades in making relatively uncomplicated compounds that perform the same biological functions as natural proteins.
December 21, 2004 |
It was in 1980 that John Anderson first wondered if something funny was going on with gravity. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory physicist was looking over data from two Pioneer spacecraft that had been speeding through the solar system for nearly a decade. Only something was off base. The craft weren't where they were supposed to be. Rather than traveling at a constant velocity of more than 25,000 mph toward the edge of the solar system, Pioneers 10 and 11 were inexplicably slowing down.
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March 4, 1990 |
Try spending a pleasant Saturday figuring out the inner volume of a glass jar. You can use a roll of string, a couple of weights, two stopwatches, a physics book and a pair of scissors. You have 30 minutes. Stumped? Then try this one: If a ball was dropped from a table that is 19.6 meters above the floor, how long does it take for the ball to reach the floor? We'll give you a hint: G equals 9.8m/sec, V initial equals 0 m/s. This is not stuff for the faint of heart or weak of mind.
October 14, 1998 |
Consolidating a remarkable winning streak for California, Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry were awarded Tuesday to Stanford and UC Santa Barbara scientists. Both prizes were given for work bringing to light the obscure inner world of atoms and making possible quantum leaps in the design of materials and drugs--work in which physics and chemistry are tightly intertwined.
October 4, 2006 |
Two astrophysicists from Berkeley and NASA won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their discovery of the strongest evidence to date that the universe began with a big bang, a feat the Nobel committee said "marked the inception of cosmology as a precise science." John C. Mather, 60, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
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June 2, 2001 |
Think back to the last few weeks of college. Remember the all-night cram sessions? The paper-writing marathons? The 11th-hour scramble to wrap up that final research project? Now multiply that by four. That is what Keith Copsey's life is like these days. In two weeks, the 23-year-old from Camarillo will become the first UC Santa Barbara student to graduate with four bachelor's degrees simultaneously.
January 5, 1996 |
Physicists for the first time have created atoms of antimatter, offering hope of finding clues to one of the most perplexing of mysteries: Why is our universe made of matter and not antimatter? And why does matter exist at all? According to news reports Thursday, the first anti-atoms were created at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. Some U.S. physicists were not aware of the result, but when informed they weren't surprised, because the finding was expected.
January 19, 2001 |
In a feat akin to catching lightning in a bottle, researchers have been able to reduce the speed of light from 186,000 miles per second to zero, trapping light beams for short periods of time before allowing them to burst forth again at full speed. The achievement does not break any laws of physics, but it does illustrate the mysterious, bewildering world of quantum physics, where things are not always what they seem and where physicists often do the seemingly impossible.
April 27, 1994 |
Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced Tuesday that they have detected strong evidence of an elusive particle at the heart of all matter in the universe, providing the best proof yet of the hidden structure of the material world. "We aren't looking at the face of God, but we are deciphering his handwriting," said Thomas Muller, a UCLA physicist who was a member of the team that detected the presence of the top quark, as the subatomic particle is known.