Los Angeles To Launch Nation's Largest Interactive Urban Trail Network

Los Angeles is a big place—over 400 square miles. Even though it's home to the country's largest urban park, many of its residents don't have easy access to public green space—or they might not know where the nearest one is. A new "interactive interpretive" urban trail system hopes to close that distance, while… » 3/11/14 1:22pm 3/11/14 1:22pm

Discovery of DNA "Biological Clock" Could Get Us Closer to Immortality

The identification of the DNA markers associated with aging has brought us one step closer to the ever-elusive Fountain of Youth. UCLA geneticist Steve Horvath just published details about the discovery, and says that this could actually lead to drugs that reverse the process of aging. » 10/21/13 11:44am 10/21/13 11:44am

The Internet's Save-the-Date: A Tiny Item in a UCLA Student Newspaper

There are surprisingly few documents from 1969 that mark the birth of the internet. We have some notes scribbled on a pad of paper, and a few newspaper articles after the fact. But there weren't any reporters parked outside of 3420 Boelter Hall at UCLA on October 29, 1969 to witness that historic moment when the… » 7/30/13 2:28pm 7/30/13 2:28pm

UCLA's 1948 Mechanical Computer Was Simply Gorgeous To Watch in Action

The mechanical computers of yesterday may have been enormous, difficult to program, and amazingly clunky—but they sure were beautiful to watch in action. Released theatrically by Popular Science on August 6, 1948, this short film played before Paramount Pictures movies and demonstrated to the public how computers were… » 7/22/13 6:54pm 7/22/13 6:54pm

Smartphone Analyzer Can Spot Ingredients You Might Be Allergic To

Every meal can be a minefield when you suffer from severe food allergies. So researchers at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a sort of mine detector for food that's able to analyze, detect, and warn a user about food allergens before they dig in. » 12/17/12 3:40pm 12/17/12 3:40pm

Researchers Build X-Ray Machine With Scotch Tape

More than 50 years ago, Russian scientists discovered that simple Scotch tape emits x-rays when peeled off glass. New research conducted by colleagues at UCLA has determined that the power that the tape generates is much higher than anyone could have imagined. In fact, they have constructed a machine that generates… » 10/22/08 6:20pm 10/22/08 6:20pm

Smart Party Wireless DJ System Will Get Playlist Votes From Your…

A new system devised by a pair of UCLA students could well bring democracy to music selection at parties. The two scientists have created a software-and-antennae combo that currently works on laptops, scanning people's music collections, grabbing the most popular tunes from guests' MP3 players and adding them to the… » 1/21/08 7:42am 1/21/08 7:42am