UCLA engineers develop a stretchable, foldable transparent electronic display

Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same material.

UCLA researchers double efficiency of novel solar cell

Nearly doubling the efficiency of a breakthrough photovoltaic cell they created last year, UCLA researchers have developed a two-layer, see-through solar film that could be placed on windows, sunroofs, smartphone displays and other surfaces to harvest energy from the sun.

Ships could soon travel straight across North Pole

Within 50 years, ordinary ships will be able to negotiate shipping lanes through the Arctic Ocean during late summer, new UCLA research shows.

Team develops new energy-efficient memory

By using electric voltage instead of electric current, UCLA researchers say they've made major improvements to the ultra-fast, high-capacity magnetoresistive random access memory, or MRAM.

New explanation for universe's infrared glow

Dark matter halos — the huge, invisible cocoons of mass that envelop entire galaxies and account for most of the matter in the universe — may not be so dark after all.

A closer look at the sleeping brain



UCLA researchers have successfully measured the activity of a brain region known to be involved in learning, memory and Alzheimer's disease during sleep.

Studying more makes you worse at tests

Studying late into the night actually makes your academic performance worse the next day.

Plate tectonics observed on Mars

Mars may be experiencing plate tectonics - a phenomenon previously thought to be confined to Earth.

New windows could generate electricity

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that could allow windows to generate electricity.

Does rock music bring out the animal in you?

Jarring music such as Jimi Hendrix's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner works because it evokes primitive distress calls, say scientists.

Researchers map damage to Phineas Gage's brain

Neurologists have modeled the damage caused to a man's brain when a three-foot metal bar was driven through his head - over 160 years after the accident happened.

Engineered stem cells kill HIV

UCLA researchers say they've shown that genetically engineered stem cells can attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism.

MOSFIRE to study the early universe

UCLA astronomers have built a new scientific instrument to study the earliest galaxies in the universe.

Using electricity to generate alternative fuel

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have successfully demonstrated a method of converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity.

Meditation strengthens the brain

University of California Los Angeles researchers have discovered that meditation physically alters the brain, possibly allowing it to process information more quickly.

Tandem polymer solar cells set energy-conversion record

UCLA scientists say they've significantly enhanced polymer solar cells' performance by building a new 'tandem' device that combines multiple cells with different absorption bands.

Alcohol doubles lifespan

In news that will have dipsomaniacs laughing all the way to the liquor store, scientists have discovered that alcohol can double lifespan.

Alien abductions 'all in the mind'

Scientists say they've succeeded in inducing alien abduction experiences in volunteers - and they're all just dreams, they say.

Low-cost microscope uses holograms, not lenses

Researchers at UCLA have built a compact, light-weight, dual-mode microscope that uses holograms instead of lenses, and which they say is ideal for use in developing countries.

Titan's giant arrow explained

Well, the UFOlogists won't like it, but UCLA scienstists have come up with an explanation for the giant white arrow observed on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon - and it's not an 'X marks the spot' from aliens.