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UCLA Scientists Propose a Benchmark for Better Stem Cell Replication

November 10, 2014

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Scientists Propose Benchmark for Better Replication of Natural Stem Cells

New research from UCLA establishes a standard to assess how conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in a human embryo, and could provide the foundation for scientists to more precisely replicate natural stem cell development in an artificial environment. The study, which was led by Guoping Fan, professor […]

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Astronomers Identify Bizarre Object at the Center of the Milky Way

November 4, 2014

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UCLA Astronomers Solve Puzzle about Galactic Center Source G2

In a new study, astronomers reveal that the bizarre object known as G2 is most likely a pair of binary stars that had been orbiting the black hole in tandem and merged together into an extremely large star, cloaked in gas and dust. For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the […]

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New Molybdenum Sulfide Transistor Significantly Outperforms Existing Models

October 29, 2014

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New Transistor Significantly Outperforms Current Models

A team of researchers has fabricated field effect transistors made from molybdenum sulfide that demonstrated the best performance to date, exceeding existing molybdenum sulfide transistor cut-off and maximum oscillation frequencies by 40 to 50 times. With their special electronic and optical properties, nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum sulfide have created excitement among scientists for […]

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A New Self-Assembly Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons

October 22, 2014

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New Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons Brings Scientists Closer to Revolutionizing Electronics

Scientists from UCLA and Tohoku University have discovered a new self-assembly method for producing defect-free graphene nanoribbons, bringing them one step closer to revolutionizing electronics. First characterized in 2004, graphene is a two-dimensional material with extraordinary properties. The thickness of just one carbon atom, and hundreds of times faster at conducting heat and charge than […]

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Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Recovery

October 22, 2014

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Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Cancer Recovery

New research from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury, providing a roadmap that could help scientists make existing radiation and chemotherapy treatments more effective for people with cancer and other blood-related diseases. Led by […]

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UCLA Study Shows That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

October 15, 2014

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Researchers Find That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

A newly published study is the first to evaluate the effect of body weight on the biological ages of a variety of human tissues, revealing that obesity accelerates aging of the liver. Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, UCLA researchers working closely with a German team of investigators have […]

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Researchers Examine Emerging Market for Used Electric Vehicle Batteries

October 7, 2014

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Report Examines Emerging Market for Used Electric Vehicle Batteries

A new report from UCLA and UC Berkeley shows that used electric car batteries could help California achieve its renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction and energy storage goals more efficiently — and could lower the cost of owning an electric car. As California searches for cheap energy storage options, a new report by the Climate […]

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Resveratrol Inhibits the Growth of Bacteria that Causes Acne

September 30, 2014

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Researchers Reveal Resveratrol May Weaken Bacteria

New research shows that resveratrol may be a key ingredient for acne treatment, finding that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug’s ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments. Got grapes? UCLA researchers have demonstrated how resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from grapes and found in […]

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Liquid Inks Create More Efficient and Cheaper Solar Cells

September 18, 2014

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Researchers Create Better Solar Cells with Liquid Inks

A team of scientists from the California NanoSystems Institute is using liquid inks to create better solar cells, improving efficiency and lowering costs. The basic function of solar cells is to harvest sunlight and turn it into electricity. Thus, it is critically important that the film that collects the light on the surface of the […]

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Biologists Delay the Aging Process by Increasing AMPK Gene

September 9, 2014

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Biologists Delay the Aging Process

Working with fruit flies, UCLA biologists showed that increasing the amount of the AMPK gene in fruit flies’ intestines increased their lifespans by about 30 percent. UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life […]

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Consortium to Focus on Developing a New Architecture for the Internet

September 4, 2014

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Consortium to Focus on Developing a New Architecture for the Internet

UCLA will host a consortium of universities and leading technology companies on September 4 and 5 to promote the development and adoption of Named Data Networking (NDN) – an emerging Internet architecture that promises to increase network security, accommodate growing bandwidth requirements and simplify the creation of increasingly sophisticated applications. The consortium is being organized […]

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New Research Shows Protein in ‘Good Cholesterol’ Helps Reduce Pulmonary Hypertension

August 28, 2014

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Protein in HDL May Be a Key to Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

A team of researchers from UCLA has showed that a peptide mimicking part of the main protein in high-density lipoprotein may help reduce the production of oxidized lipids in pulmonary hypertension, which improved the heart and lung function in the rodent model. Oxidized lipids are known to play a key role in inflaming blood vessels […]

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Holey Graphene Framework Boosts the Energy Density of Electrochemical Capacitors

August 8, 2014

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Special Graphene Material Significantly Boosts the Energy Density of Electrochemical Capacitors

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new graphene material that bridges gap between traditional capacitors and batteries, boosting the energy density of electrochemical capacitors and putting them on a par with lead acid batteries. Researchers at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA have set the stage for a watershed in mobile energy storage by […]

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Construction to Begin on the Thirty Meter Telescope

August 6, 2014

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Construction to Begin on Worlds Most Advanced Telescope

The recent approval of a sublease brings the most advanced and powerful optical telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), one step closer to reality. With the recent approval of a sublease by Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources, initial construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope — destined to be the most advanced and powerful […]

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