Source of 'Moon Curse' Revealed by Eclipse
Laser signals bounced off the lunar surface return surprisingly faint echoes on full moon nights. The most compelling evidence for the source of this apparent lousy luck arrived on the night of a lunar eclipse.
Wild Weather on a Brown Dwarf Star
The first weather forecast for a brown dwarf is in, and it's not looking good up there. New observations reveal surprisingly turbulent storm clouds circling these dud stars.
Protein Array Guides Nanocrystal Growth
Two years ago, chemists showed that a cytochrome protein could self-assemble into one- and two-dimensional arrays, coordinated by zinc ions. Now they've used this metal-linked protein array as a template for nanofabrication.
Solving Structure of Biomolecules in Water
Biological molecules are surrounded by water, which can change their shapes and influence interactions. Biochemists and mathematicians joined forces to develop a geometric model that quickly predicts what happens when biomolecules get wet.
Clouds Seen Circling Galactic Nuclei
Astronomers see huge clouds of gas orbiting supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies. Once thought to be a relatively uniform, fog-like ring, the accreting matter instead forms clumps dense enough to intermittently dim the intense radiation blazing forth as these enormous objects condense and consume matter.
Two talks on campus this spring promise to intrigue
Nobel laureate Randy Schekman will give the first Agilent Lecture May 7 and SETI director Jill Tarter will give the annual James Arnold Lecture May 9. Learn more.

Have you written a book?
Our Alumni Association will have a booth at the LA Times Festival of Books in April. To participate, get in touch through our alumni page.
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Arthur M. Wolfe 1939-2014
Art Wolfe, an astrophysicist who achieved widespread recognition for his discoveries about star formation and the early universe and directed UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences died February 17. A remembrance and celebration of his life and work will be held at the UC San Diego Faculty Club on March 30th from 1 to 4 pm.
Biosynthesis in motion
Chemists caught molecules in the act of biosynthesis revealing an animated view of how a fundamental piece of cellular machinery operates.
No dark matter black holes
Dark matter remains such a mystery that we are still unsure whether it is made of microscopic particles or macroscopic bodies, but a fruitless search for small black holes rules out part of the potential mass range.
Chemical reactions proceed so fast it's hard to capture the moves atoms make as they break and reform chemical bonds. Using a unique experimental approach, chemists teased out the intermediate pathways through which a reaction proceeds and identified how energy is distributed among its products.