The physics of carrying a coffee cup without spilling

UC Santa Barbara fluid dynamics scientists diverted from weightier subjects for a while to publish a paper on 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?'

IceCube experiment gives insight into origin of cosmic rays

A UC Berkeley physicist and eight students and post-docs are part a collaboration conducting cosmic ray research at the South Pole.

'Time Machine' to study distant galaxies

A team of UCLA researchers are building an advanced scientific instrument unlike any other ever built before, with the aim to study some of the oldest galaxies in the universe.

Hubble pinpoints farthest protocluster of galaxies ever seen

An UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist contributed to the discovery of a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of construction. It is the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early universe.

Scientists find monster black holes

A team led by astronomers at UC Berkeley has found the biggest black holes known to exist, each one 10 billion times the size of our sun.

The periodic table expands once again

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist was part of a team that discovered two new elements.

Solar cells that produce electricity from windows

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that allows windows in buildings to generate electricity while still letting people be able to see outside.

Professor uses physics to get out of $400 ticket

A UC San Diego physicist was able to argue his way out of a traffic ticket by producing a four page paper arguing that it was physically impossible for him to violate the law.

Energy from lasers: Sure shot or dead end?

The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory opened its doors to their control room for CBS 'Sunday Morning' to witness a laser shot for tests that may change how the U.S. may someday get its energy.

Does antimatter weigh more than matter?

UC Riverside physicists have launched a lab experiment to find out the answer.

Looking at new ways to learn math, science

A joint UC San Diego and San Diego State program studies how people learn math and science and then use that research to develop more effective K-12 and college curricula.

Dark galaxies of the early universe spotted for the first time

UC Santa Cruz scientists were part of an international team to perhaps spot an early phase of galaxy formation.

Fusion energy progress by Livermore scientists

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists report that after years of experiments, they have moved closer to reproducing the blazing energy of the sun's interior in the laboratory.

Faint 'satellite galaxy' discovered

A satellite galaxy 10 billion light years from Earth is the lowest mass object ever detected at such a distance, say a UC Davis scientist, who aided in the satellite's discovery.

Long-sought 'God Particle' cornered, scientists say

Physicists, including at UC San Diego, are closer than ever to hunting down the elusive Higgs boson particle, the missing piece of the governing theory of the universe's tiniest building blocks.

Brave thinkers

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller: A scientist, suspicious of manipulated climate-change data, bucks expectations and presents the evidence for man-made global warming.