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Predictions of past climate through leaf vein architecture. Possible-- says a study

UCLA life scientists have brought to light new laws that determine the construction of leaf vein systems as leaves grow and evolve. These basic mathematical rules can now be used to better predict the climates of the past using the fossil record.

Fourth planet found in distant star system

Los Angeles -- U.S. astronomers say a giant planet found outside our solar system is highlighting the remarkable resemblances between a distant planetary system and our own.

Researchers at UCLA, along with international colleagues, discovered and imaged a fourth planet in a distant solar system that resembles a supersized version of our own system, a UCLA release said Wednesday.

"Besides having four giant planets, both systems also contain two 'debris belts' composed of small rocky or icy objects, along with lots of tiny dust particles," Benjamin Zuckerman, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy says.

COL FB: Oregon 60, UCLA 13

Eugene, Ore. -- Darron Thomas threw for three touchdowns Thursday, LaMichael James ran for two more and No. 1 Oregon coasted to a 60-12 whipping of UCLA.

Remene Alston carried the ball only eight times for Oregon, but he tacked on three rushing touchdowns -- two of them coming in the late going to shove Oregon to the 60-point mark for the third time this season.

The Ducks, who have scored at least 42 points in every game this year, piled up almost 600 yards of offense while running their record to 7-0.

Study zeroes in on genes 'at work'

Los Angeles -- U.S. researchers say they're using human gene maps not just to show their location but also which ones interact with each other to help cells thrive.

Scientists at UCLA say their findings will help researchers understand which genes work together as cells grow, function and then die, a university release said Monday.

Humans have about 20,000 different genes that initiate and control all bodily processes, from moving blood through the veins to stimulating the immune system to attack a cold virus.

Not all genes in a cell are active during the processes, but some are almost always engaged in either one-on-one reactions or creating networks involving dozens of genes.

Report: UCLA coaching legend very ill

Los Angeles -- Former UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden, one of the most iconic figures in American sports, is reported to be very ill at UCLA Medical Center.

CBS-2 in Los Angeles reported that Wooden, 99, has not eaten for several days.

Wooden coached the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year period, including seven in a row beginning in 1967. UCLA ran off a streak of 88 straight victories under his guidance from 1971-1974.

He coached UCLA from 1948-1975, working with such stars as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Keith Wilkes and Sidney Wicks.

His coaching career began in 1937 at Dayton High School in Kentucky.

UCLA captures last football bowl bid

Washington -- UCLA captured college football's last bowl berth Saturday when Army lost to Navy in the annual service academy contest in Philadelphia.

The Bruins (6-6) finished the regular season winning three of their last four games, and will play Temple (9-2) at the EagleBank Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Washington's RFK Stadium, the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Gordon leaves UCLA basketball team

Los Angeles -- UCLA sophomore forward Drew Gordon has left the team, Bruins coach Ben Howland announced Tuesday.

Gordon's departure, which comes after unranked UCLA lost all three of its games of the holiday weekend 76 Classic tournament in Anaheim, Calif., was a mutual decision, Howland told reporters.

"After several discussions with Drew, we both have decided that it is in the best interests of our program and Drew that he continues his career at another school," Howland said. "He is no longer a member of our team and will transfer at the end of the quarter."

The Bruins' 6-foot-9 forward averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in six games for UCLA, logging nearly 25 minutes per contest.

New device aids tumor diagnosis, prognosis

Los Angeles -- UCLA medical scientists say they have created a silicon chip with nano-sized features that can capture circulating tumor cells in a patient's bloodstream.

The scientists say their device can obtain critical information for examining and diagnosing cancer metastasis, determining patient prognosis, and monitoring the effectiveness of therapies.

Currently, the best method of examining the disease status of tumors is an analysis of metastatic solid biopsy samples, but the UCLA scientists said during the early stages of metastasis, it is often difficult to identify a biopsy site.

UCLA sees sluggish recovery in U.S., Calif

Los Angeles -- A widely watched UCLA study predicts a conservative approach to lending and consumer spending will slow down the U.S. economic recovery.

The UCLA Anderson Forecast agreed Wednesday that the recession technically came to an end this summer; however, the negative impacts will linger at least into next year.

Author David Shulman said in a written statement that real U.S. GDP will increase 2.1 percent this quarter and 2.3 percent in the coming fourth quarter. Growth in 2010 will run around 2 percent quarterly and gain a little more traction by 2011.

The report said the recovery would be slow due to the reluctance of banks to lend
and consumers to start running up their debt.

Delson to replace Franco as UCLA speaker

Los Angeles -- Linkin Park's lead guitarist Brad Delson has agreed to speak at UCLA's commencement ceremony after actor James Franco backed out, university officials said.

Delson, a UCLA graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 1999, is scheduled to give a speech at Friday's graduation ceremony for the College of Letters and Science, The Los Angeles Times reported.

"Brad Delson is not only an innovative musician, but he is also a social activist who is committed to change through education," Judith L. Smith, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, said in a statement.