2018: The Year in News at Caltech

During the last 12 months, Caltech researchers have won a Nobel Prize, explained planetary dust clump formation, developed techniques to prevent diabetes-related blindness, explored ways to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, and taught drones to herd birds.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. In case you missed any of the year's news, here are some of the most notable moments.

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Caltech Scientist Wins Nobel Prize

Frances Arnold, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on directed evolution. She is Caltech's first female Nobel laureate. Directed evolution, pioneered by Arnold in the early 1990s, is a bioengineering method for creating new and better enzymes in the laboratory using the principles of evolution. Today, the method is used in hundreds of laboratories and companies that make everything from laundry detergents to biofuels to medicines. Enzymes created with the technique have replaced toxic chemicals in many industrial processes.
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