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Shining a Light on the Hidden Properties of Quantum Materials

January 23, 2024

Certain materials have desirable properties that are hidden and scientists can use light to uncover these properties. Researchers at UC San Diego have used an advanced optical technique to learn more about a quantum material called Ta2NiSe5 (TNS).

Space Oddity: Uncovering the Origin of the Universe’s Rare Radio Circles

January 8, 2024

UC San Diego Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Alison Coil has found that odd radio circles are shells formed by outflowing galactic winds, possibly from massive exploding stars known as supernovae.

Spiking Nano-oscillators Provide New Insight into Quantum Materials and Advanced Computing

December 18, 2023

Synchronicity has not been studied extensively in spiking oscillators, despite their potential for use in advanced materials and neuromorphic computing. UC San Diego scientists have discovered that when nano-oscillators made from vanadium dioxide spike, they exhibit a unique kind of synchronicity.

A Mathematical Model Connects the Evolution of Chickens, Fish and Frogs

December 6, 2023

One of the most enduring questions of life is: How does it happen? New research suggests that the same physical principles behind multicellular self-organization may have evolved across vertebrate species.

Can Signs of Life be Detected from Saturn’s Frigid Moon?

December 5, 2023

Researchers from UC San Diego have shown unambiguous laboratory evidence that amino acids transported in the ice plumes of Saturn's moon, Eceladus, can survive impact speeds of up to 4.2 km/s, supporting their detection during sampling by spacecraft.

On the Atomic Highway, Researchers Help Atoms Stay in Their Lane

December 4, 2023

As technology rapidly evolves, the need for faster, more precise sensors is critical. One possibility lies with quantum science and technology. New research from UC San Diego lays the groundwork by successfully trapping strontium atoms around a tapered optical fiber.

Beyond UFOs: the Future of Unexplained Anomalous Phenomena

November 2, 2023

UC San Diego Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Shelley Wright recently served on NASA’s panel on unexplained anomalous phenomena (UAPs), and takes a moment to reflect on her career, the panel and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life.

Going Viral

November 2, 2023

Rommie Amaro, professor of molecular biology at UC San Diego, and her team use computers to investigate biological systems. Last year, their atomic-level computational model of the H1N1 influenza virus revealed vulnerabilities that could lead to more effective and longer-lasting flu vaccines.

The Math Problem That Took Nearly a Century to Solve

October 31, 2023

Little progress had been made in solving Ramsey problems since the 1930s. Now, UC San Diego researchers Jacques Verstraete and Sam Mattheus have found the answer to r(4,t), a longstanding Ramsey problem that has perplexed the math world for decades.

$30 Million in Funding Helps Scientists Study Universe’s Oldest Light

October 19, 2023

The Simons Foundation has provided $28.8 million and the Heising-Simons Foundation has provided $1.5 million to the UC San Diego to complete the last phase of construction on the Simons Observatory in Chile.
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