Saturday, May 30

Separated twins finally head home

Twins formerly conjoined at the head and separated at UCLA are scheduled to return home to their native Guatemala on Monday morning, following a press conference held in front of Mattel Children’s Hospital. Read more...



The UCLA Office for Protection of Research Subjects is investigating the possible connection of two UCLA researchers with controversial malariotherapy HIV research being conducted in China by the Heimlich Institute. Read more...


Guatemalan twins delay trip back home

Formerly conjoined twins Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa had their expected trip home delayed because of “wound-care issues,” according to hospital officials. The girls were expected to fly home to Guatemala this week, but doctors at Mattel Children’s Hospital are keeping Maria de Jesus hospitalized to allow more time to recover from surgery to clean and close her scalp incisions. Read more...


Einstein’s secret FBI file inspires new book

Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist of the 20th century, was a wanted man ““ by the FBI. From 1933 to 1955, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI compiled “derogatory information” in an effort to undermine the physicist’s influence and destroy his reputation, according to Fred Jerome, a science journalist and author of a new book titled “The Einstein File.” Jerome spoke about his book in front of about 100 people in Knudsen Hall last Thursday, highlighting the major points of Hoover’s plot to defame the scientist. Read more...



Scientists at UCLA create stronger nano-sized fiber

Researchers at UCLA have taken an old method from a common spider and spun it into a new idea for creating stronger materials. The idea was to copy the approach spiders use in spinning a web and to apply this to a method for creating stronger nano-sized fiber materials, according to Thomas Hahn, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Frank Ko, a materials engineering professor from Drexel University. Read more...