Wednesday, May 27

Campus Queries: Are flowers on the Hill toxic, dangerous to students?

This post was updated Feb. 12 at 3:15 p.m. Campus Queries is a series in which Daily Bruin readers and staff present science-related questions for UCLA professors and experts to answer. Read more...

Photo: The flowers, pictured above, can be found outside of Rieber and Sproul Halls. The plant, known as angel’s trumpet, is not harmful if touched, but could be deadly if eaten. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA researchers improve scope of technology to help create gamma-ray observatory

UCLA researchers are helping construct the world’s largest and most sensitive gamma-ray observatory. The observatory, called the Cherenkov Telescope Array, will comprise 118 telescopes in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, according to a university press release. Read more...

Photo: An array of telescopes being constructed with the help of UCLA researchers will work as a system that allows researchers to study gamma rays in the sky with about 10 times more sensitivity than current telescopes. (Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)

Researchers develop device allowing easier detection of parasites in blood

UCLA researchers have developed a device that detects the presence of certain parasites in blood or other bodily fluids. The device has the ability to detect small parasites, such as Trichomonas vaginalis, which can cause trichomoniasis, a common sexually transmitted disease. Read more...

Photo: UCLA researchers developed a device able to detect parasites in blood with relative ease and at a low cost. Hatice Ceylan Koydemir, a postdoctoral researcher and co-author of the study about the technology, said the low cost could make it more accessible in areas of Africa. (Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)