UC San Diego nuclear explosion

First nuclear explosion helps test theory of moon's formation

Nuclear fallout and lunar samples are similar enough to suggest an impact could have created our moon.

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The most viral UC research of 2016

UC research comprised 14 of the 100 journal articles that got the most media attention in 2016. Take a look at what got the world talking.

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Science vs. Cinema

Astrophysicist examines the science behind sci-fi movies in popular YouTube series.

UC Santa Cruz Breakthrough Prize

UC Santa Barbara physicist and UC Santa Cruz biologist named 2017 Breakthrough Prize winners

Two UC professors win the most lucrative award in science, with a third earning early-career honors.

UC Santa Barbara comet

How to stop a comet

A physics undergrad devises a strategy for defending Earth from potential impact.

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New evidence of Pluto's slushy ocean

Scientists get a surprise from observations made by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

UC Davis moon theory

New theory explains how the moon got there

A fresh look at why the moon is so distinct from other objects in the solar system.

UC Irvine Mars hero

Travel to Mars, risk dementia

Study raises questions about long-term brain health after extended spaceflights.

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Simulating life on Mars

UC Berkeley alumna Sheyna Gifford completes yearlong mission.

UC Irvine fifth force

UC Irvine physicists discover potential fifth force of nature

If confirmed, breakthrough would "completely change our understanding of the universe."