Researchers led by Caroline Beghein, assistant professor of Earth, planetary and space sciences in UCLA's College of Letters and Science, used a technique called seismic tomography to study the structure of the Pacific Plate — one of eight to 12 major plates at the surface of the Earth. The technique enabled them to determine the plate's thickness, and to image the interior of the plate and the underlying mantle (the layer between the Earth's crust and outer core), which they were able to relate to the direction of flow of rocks in the mantle.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/new-insights-on-plate-tectonics-250174.aspx

California's largest collection of meteorites, and the fifth-largest collection in the nation, is on display in the new UCLA Meteorite Gallery, which is free to the public. The museum, located in UCLA's Geology Building (Room 3697) is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on some weekend afternoons; please visit the gallery's website for details.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/california-s-largest-meteorite-249779.aspx

The NASA THEMIS and ARTEMIS missions drew an impressive crowd at the 4th annual Exploring Your Universe outreach event, held at UCLA in Los Angeles, on Nov. 17, 2013. Representing two of UCLA's active space missions, the exhibit exposed the public to "space weather," the study of the sun's activity and influence on Earth's protective magnetic shield, the magnetosphere. Visitors were intrigued by informative posters and stunning videos on the electrical connection between our sun and the planets, and had the opportunity to ask questions from real space scientists and student researchers-in-training. Visitors also witnessed the debut of a specially built display called the Planeterrella, an up-close demonstration of the solar wind and famed Northern Lights.

http://esp.igpp.ucla.edu/news.html

The story has been reported by multiple outlets.

Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-asteroid-with-six-comet-like-tails-20131107,0,4090489.story#axzz2k0QzCPVr

 

National Geographic:

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/07/weird-newfound-asteroid-sports-six-comet-tails/

 

NBCNews.com:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/six-tailed-comet-or-self-destructing-asteroid-its-comsteroid-8C11551565

 

CBS News:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57611372/hubble-spots-weird-and-freakish-object/

 

Scientific American:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=main-belt-comet-asteroid

 

Popular Science:

http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/asteroid-six-tails-leaves-astronomers-dumbfounded

 

Reuters:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/07/us-space-asteroid-idUSBRE9A617W20131107

 

Reuters/Yahoo News:

http://news.yahoo.com/astronomers-dumbfounded-six-tailed-asteroid-193129286.html;_ylt=AwrSyCPAB3xS0W8AajLQtDMD

 

Fox News:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/11/07/nasa-hubble-sees-asteroid-spouting-six-comet-like-tails/

 

ScienceDaily:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131107123152.htm

 

Space.com:

http://www.space.com/23506-asteroid-six-tails-hubble-telescope-photos.html

http://news.yahoo.com/bizarre-asteroid-six-tails-spotted-hubble-telescope-photos-214743038.html;_ylt=AwrSyCUGKnxSYgwAh57QtDMD

 

Discovery News:

http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/hubble-discovers-weird-six-tailed-comet-131107.htm

 

AFP/Yahoo News:

http://news.yahoo.com/six-tailed-asteroid-stuns-scientists-201413996.html;_ylt=AwrSyCPAB3xS0W8AgDLQtDMD

 

Salon:

http://www.salon.com/2013/11/07/asteroid_with_six_tails_leaves_astronomers_dumbfounded_newscred/

 

Voice of America:

http://www.voanews.com/content/asteroid-with-comet-tails/1785890.html

 

Phys.org:

http://phys.org/news/2013-11-hubble-asteroid-spouting-comet-like-tails.html

 

UPI:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Blog/2013/11/07/Six-tailed-asteroid-confounds-astronomers/5111383847946/

 

Sky News:

http://news.sky.com/story/1165478/sprinkler-asteroid-has-six-comet-like-tails

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/sprinkler-asteroid-six-comet-tails-214828299.html#iyKodX4

 

UniverseToday:

http://www.universetoday.com/106223/freakish-asteroid-has-six-tails-sheds-stuff-into-space/

 

Canadian Broadcasting Corp./Yahoo News Canada:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/asteroid-6-comet-tails-puzzles-astronomers-191304879.html

 

EarthSky:

http://earthsky.org/science-wire/nasas-hubble-sees-asteroid-spout-six-comet-like-tails

 

Business Insider/Yahoo Finance:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/astronomers-spot-never-seen-comet-183638884.html;_ylt=AwrSyCUMJnxSK2IAlJjQtDMD

 

Business Insider Australia:

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/hubble-see-asteroid-with-comet-like-tails-2013-11

 

UC Newsroom:

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/30315

 

ScienceCodex:

http://www.sciencecodex.com/freakish_asteroid_discovered_resembles_rotating_lawn_sprinkler-122572

 

EurekAlert (American Association for the Advancement of Science):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uoc--ad110613.php

 

Times of Malta:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131107/world/astronomers-dumbfounded-by-six-tailed-asteroid.493765

 

Borneo Post:

http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/11/08/six-tailed-asteroid-stuns-scientists/

 

Innovations Report (Germany):

http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/physik_astronomie/kosmischer_kauz_222405.html

 

Headlines and Global News:

http://www.hngn.com/articles/16881/20131107/asteroid-with-6-tails-spins-like-a-lawn-sprinkler-is-this-how-the-space-rocks-usually-die.htm

 

AstroNews:

http://www.astronews.com/news/artikel/2013/11/1311-010.shtml

 

České noviny:

http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/veda_a_technika/zpravy/hubbleuv-teleskop-objevil-zvlastni-asteroid-s-sesti-zavoji/1005574

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24857869

ESS Professor Axel Schmitt has been named a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. Designation as MSA Fellow recognizes "significant scientific contributions in the fields of crystallography, mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences" and is limited to 0.5% of membership in any year

http://www.minsocam.org/

Graduate student Chris Snead was honored on October 15, 2013 in a ceremony held by UCLA’s Academic Senate Committee on Teaching.  Only five teaching assistants are selected each year for this prestigious teaching award, and Chris is the first from the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department.

Watch the video below to hear how Chris challenged his undergraduate students with activities such as building their own telescopes, visiting Griffith Observatory, and charting the phases of the Moon.

http://planets.ucla.edu/news/grad-student-chris-snead-receives-prestigious-teaching-award/

A 9,000-year-old painting of an exploding volcano, the oldest ever found, can now be linked to a real-life eruption in Turkey. The towering Hasan Dag volcano erupted 8,970 years ago, plus or minus 640 years, according to Axel Schmitt's analysis of the zircons at the location.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24492-ancient-mural-may-be-first-picture-of-volcanic-blast.html#.UnZx2xB3d3t