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Murray Lab Helps Scientists See Themselves on Mars
(12/20/2018) - Caltech's planetary visualization lab played a key role in helping choose the Mars 2020 landing site.
Lessons on Human Genome Editing
(12/19/2018) - A conversation with David Baltimore, President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology
Young Star Caught in a Fit of Growth
(12/18/2018) - Researchers have discovered a young star in the midst of a rare growth spurt—a dramatic phase of stellar evolution when matter swirling around a star falls onto the star, bulking up its mass.
2018: The Year in News
(12/17/2018) - During the last 12 months, Caltech researchers have won a Nobel Prize, developed techniques to prevent diabetes-related blindness, explored ways to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, taught drones to herd birds, and much more. In case you missed any of the year's news, here are some of the most notable moments.
New Visual Culture Program Coming to Campus
(12/13/2018) - A new visual culture program is about to make Caltech a lot more colorful. The program will have a little bit for anyone interested in art and its potential for intersecting with science.
New Climate Model to Be Built from the Ground Up
(12/12/2018) - Scientists and engineers from across the country are teaming up to build a new type of climate model that is designed to provide more precise and actionable predictions.
Two Caltech Chemists Elected to the National Academy of Inventors
(12/11/2018) - According to the NAI, election as a fellow is the "highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."
NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
(12/10/2018) - For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere—the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the sun.
Caltech Mourns the Passing of Fiona Cowie
(12/10/2018) - Fiona Cowie, professor of philosophy at Caltech, passed away on Sunday, December 9, from complications due to cancer. She was 55 years old.
Focusing on the Negative is Good When it Comes to Batteries
(12/06/2018) - Chemists at several institutions, including Caltech and JPL, which is managed by Caltech for NASA, have hit on a new way of making rechargeable batteries based on fluoride, the negatively charged form, or anion, of the element fluorine.
Learning from Mistakes
(12/04/2018) - Everyone makes little everyday mistakes out of habit, but there are parts of our brains that monitor our behavior, catching errors and correcting them quickly. A Caltech-led team of researchers has now identified the individual neurons that may underlie this ability.
Helping the Blind to Navigate
(11/27/2018) - Soon, the blind might have some navigational help, thanks to Caltech researchers who have combined augmented reality hardware and computer vision algorithms to develop software that enables objects to "talk."
Nailing It: Caltech Engineers Help Show That InSight Lander Probe Can Hammer Itself Into Martian Soil
(11/21/2018) - José Andrade's research team will help InSight boldly go where no one has gone before: beneath the surface of Mars.
Exoplanet Stepping Stones
(11/20/2018) - Taking pictures of planets that orbit other stars—exoplanets—is a formidable task. Researchers are perfecting technology to one day look for signs of alien life.
From Beaker to Solved 3-D Structure in Minutes
(11/12/2018) - In a new study that one scientist called jaw-dropping, a joint UCLA/Caltech team has shown that it is possible to obtain the structures of small molecules in as little as 30 minutes. That's hours and even days less than was possible before.
Picking Fights with Fruit Flies
(11/08/2018) - Caltech researchers have identified a small cluster of neurons in the male fly brain that governs "threat displays." Their work provides a starting point that may lead to greater understanding of threatening behaviors and aggression in humans.
From Break Through: The Caltech Campaign: The Synthesist
(11/07/2018) - Like many who come to Caltech to learn and explore, undergraduate Damien Bérubé dreams of changing the world with science and engineering. But his personal vision—the force that drives him in the classroom, the lab, and beyond—is an uncommon one.
From Caltech Magazine: Making Sure Your Vote Counts
(11/05/2018) - To test the integrity of the election process, Caltech political science professor Michael Alvarez started locally.
Dams and the Damage They Do
(10/31/2018) - Ted Scudder, a social anthropologist and fixture on the Caltech campus for more than 50 years, is one of the world's foremost experts on large dams. He's also one of their fiercest critics. That wasn't always the case.
From The Caltech Effect - Stories from the Break Through Campaign: A Quantum Life
(10/29/2018) - Juan Felipe Gomez doesn't always operate under the old rules. If he did, this physics major wouldn't be exploring the quantum mechanical nature of materials right now. In fact, he wouldn't be attending Caltech.
Gut Bacteria Influence Movement in Flies
(10/24/2018) - A new study shows how a bacterial product in the Drosophila gut is necessary for proper motor function. This work is the first to discover a direct molecular and cellular link between the microbiome and locomotion.
Modeling Habitability on Mars
(10/22/2018) - Given the right circumstances, water on Mars could hold more oxygen than previously believed, theoretically enough to support aerobic respiration.
Summer Research Fellows Build Telescope to Find Exoplanets
(10/17/2018) - Building an exoplanet-hunting telescope is challenging enough for full-time astrophysicists, so 17-year-old high school student Abhinav Ganesh was understandably awed by the challenge of building one himself.
Dying Star Emits a Whisper
(10/11/2018) - The explosion is believed to have resulted in a dead neutron star orbiting around a dense and compact companion, suggesting that, for the first time, scientists have witnessed the birth of a compact neutron star binary system.
How the Seeds of Planets Take Shape
(10/10/2018) - Caltech researchers discover a new mechanism for describing planet formation, stellar winds, and more.
Time-Traveling Illusion Tricks the Brain
(10/08/2018) - Caltech researchers have developed two new illusions that reveal how the senses can influence each other—in particular, how sound can give rise to visual illusions.
Doris Tsao Named MacArthur Fellow
(10/04/2018) - The so-called "Genius Grant" recognizes Tsao's creativity and talent in neuroscience.
Frances Arnold Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry
(10/03/2018) - The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 was divided, one half awarded to Frances H. Arnold "for the directed evolution of enzymes," the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter "for the phage display of peptides and antibodies."
Scientists Uncover Why You Can't Decide What to Order for Lunch
(10/01/2018) - A study conducted at Caltech reveals new insights into choice overload, including the parts of the brain responsible for it, and how many options the brain actually prefers when it is making a choice.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: Science and Serendipity
(09/27/2018) - Caltech graduate student Manuel Razo Mejia wants to predict how evolution occurs in organisms ranging from microbes to humans. "As a scientist, I'm awed by the complexity of nature," he says.
Caltech Unveils New Major and Minor in Information and Data Sciences
(09/25/2018) - The new option will focus on the acquisition, storage, communication, processing, and analysis of data—making sense of a world where information is acquired at an ever-increasing rate.
Palomar's Samuel Oschin Telescope Turns 70
(09/24/2018) - From photographic plates to high-speed robotic cameras, Caltech celebrates its historic telescope.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: In Search of Alien Planets
(09/17/2018) - Postdoctoral scholar Erik Petigura marvels at how far his field of astronomy has come since his childhood in the early 1990s. "Back then we didn't know of a single planet outside our solar system," he says. "Now we know of 5,000."
Drones Make 3-D Maps of Microbial Mats
(09/12/2018) - Each summer, a team of students and faculty from Caltech heads out to a small uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea. This is no vacation, however: they are there to study the microbial mats that cover the island.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: The Possibilities are Mote and Remote
(09/10/2018) - Azita Emami's work in high-speed data communications led to a breakthrough that could spare millions of people the need to prick themselves with needles.
From Colorado to Caltech: Meet Chemistry Professor Kimberly See
(09/06/2018) - A new video highlights one of Caltech's new chemistry professors, who focuses on energy research, and more specifically, battery chemistry.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: Go Ahead, Jump
(09/04/2018) - The ballerina is an avatar of certain qualities—among them the ambition, skill, and courage to take bold leaps. Offstage, ballet lover Rachel Theios has infused those same characteristics into her budding research career in astronomy.
Guiding Flight: The Fruit Fly's Celestial Compass
(08/30/2018) - Caltech researchers have discovered that, similar to nautical navigators of old, fruit flies use celestial cues like the sun to navigate in straight lines.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: Doris Tsao's Mind—and Yours
(08/27/2018) - Caltech professor Doris Tsao (BS '96) has a deceptively simple plan for decoding the whole brain.
Science All Summer Long
(08/23/2018) - Undergraduates keep busy through the summer months with programs that give them hands-on research experience.
Solved! Caltech Researcher Helps Crack Decades-Old Math Problem
(08/23/2018) - Spiros Michalakis and Matthew Hastings solve a lingering mathematical physics problem with implications for quantum physics as a whole.
15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
(08/22/2018) - Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime—and is still going strong after 15 years.
Long and Winding Road: A Conversation with String Theory Pioneer
(08/20/2018) - John Schwarz discusses the history and evolution of superstring theory.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: Dialogue About Difference
(08/20/2018) - Leah Klement wants to know how medieval literature described and addressed social differences, especially during times of civil unrest. What she uncovers will shed new light on the societal struggles of the Middle Ages—and of today.
Student-Built Satellite Telescope Prepares for Space
(08/16/2018) - After nine years, a student-designed-and-built satellite is being readied for launch into orbit, where it will be a test bed for a new type of space telescope that assembles itself in flight from multiple components.
From Caltech Magazine: Fictional Caltech
(08/13/2018) - In this sampling of fictional works featuring campus and JPL, authors have name-dropped Caltech whenever they want to prove a character's brainpower, add a dash of scientific weightiness, or suggest a driven curiosity.
Animation Based on Satellite Data Shows SoCal "Breathing" Water
(08/08/2018) - Using an unprecedented number of satellite radar images, geophysicists at Caltech have tracked how the ground in Southern California rises and falls as groundwater is pumped in and out of aquifers beneath the surface.
Spacecraft to Speed Through Sun's Atmosphere and Snag Solar Wind
(08/07/2018) - Observations by the mission, called the Parker Solar Probe, will lead to better predictions of space weather and address fundamental mysteries about the sun's dynamic corona.
Engineers Taught a Drone to Herd Birds Away From Airports
(08/06/2018) - Engineers at Caltech have developed a new control algorithm that enables a single drone to herd an entire flock of birds away from the airspace of an airport.
From Caltech Magazine: Bacterial Builders
(08/01/2018) - Frances Arnold is directing bacteria to build molecules never before assembled in nature. "We would like for them to produce many of the materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and even fuels we use in our daily lives and do so cleanly and efficiently, using renewable resources."
From Caltech Magazine: First Flight
(07/30/2018) - Cecilia Rodriguez Aragon (BS '82) is a pilot and a professor. She is a computer scientist and an aerobatic expert. In fact, she is the first Latina to secure a place on the United States' World Aerobatic Championship team.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: Blue Sky's the Limit
(07/26/2018) - Machine learning is being used to train everything from internet search engines to facial recognition systems and voice assistants such as Siri. But current applications represent only a glimmer of this technology's full potential, according to Yisong Yue.
Caltech Elects Two New Trustees
(07/24/2018) - Li Lu and Pedro J. Pizarro, from the fields of investment and energy, have joined Caltech's governing board in recent months.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: There's Something in the Air (Out There)
(07/18/2018) - Doctoral student Cam Buzard enjoys the freedom to forge his own scientific path—somewhere between chemistry and astronomy—while being a devoted teacher and tutor.
Dragonfly Larvae Inspire New Designs for Prosthetic Heart Valves
(07/17/2018) - Design and control of the jets that the larvae use to propel themselves offer engineers new insight,
City of Astronomy' to Host Gathering of International Space Experts
(07/11/2018) - From July 14 to 22, the world's leading experts in space science will gather for the 42nd assembly of the Committee on Space Research, or COSPAR. Caltech is hosting the meeting, with the support of JPL, which is managed by Caltech for NASA.
Switching Brain Circuits On and Off Without Surgery
(07/09/2018) - A new noninvasive technique for precisely controlling brain circuits could one day help treat neurological conditions.
Rothenberg Innovation Initiative Removes Risk, Leaves Lots of Reward
(07/06/2018) - Caltech is a community filled with brilliant minds and good ideas. But sometimes it takes more than good ideas to generate world-changing technologies.
Buying Under the Influence (of Testosterone)
(07/03/2018) - A new study shows that men with increased testosterone levels have a greater preference for goods that are considered status symbols.
Celebrating Caltech's Founder and Builder of Large Telescopes
(06/29/2018) - George Ellery Hale "managed to transform Caltech into a premier science university, build the world's largest telescopes four times over, talk the railroad and real estate businessman Henry Huntington into making Pasadena a cultural destination, get the beautiful city hall built, and more."
Caltech Awarded Contract Extension to Manage JPL
(06/29/2018) - The contract extends for a period of up to 10 years, based on performance metrics, the agreement through which Caltech manages JPL on behalf of NASA. The extension begins October 1, 2018.
Caltech Scientists Can Predict Intelligence from Brain Scans
(06/28/2018) - If you've ever lied about your IQ to seem more intelligent, it's time to fess up. Scientists can now tell how smart you are just by looking at a scan of your brain.
Cosmic Artists Discuss their Craft
(06/26/2018) - Topics at a recent astronomical visualization conference included everything from how to better engage the public to the latest virtual reality adventures in space.
Weighing the Planet's Biological Matter
(06/18/2018) - Just how much living matter is on this planet? A new study now makes the first global estimates of the total weight, or biomass, of life on Earth.
Caltech Celebrates the Class of 2018
(06/15/2018) - Caltech celebrates 579 graduates who earned 227 bachelor's degrees, 161 master's degrees, and 191 Ph.D. degrees, and who will contribute to the Institute's impressive legacy and record of achievement around the world.
(06/14/2018) - We are continuously engaged in visual searches. How does the brain do this? For the first time, neuroscientists from Caltech have found neurons in the human brain that respond when we see what we're looking for.
Kai Chang (BS '17) and the Los Angeles Dodgers
(06/12/2018) - One year after graduation, the young alum reflects on his time at Caltech and the friends and mentors who made his career path possible. Watch the video and hear his story.
Caltech Celebrates Newest Cohort of Named Professors
(06/11/2018) - During the 2017-18 academic year, Caltech recognized six faculty members with their first named professorship—the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty.
Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organic Material
(06/07/2018) - The Curiosity rover has found new evidence that Mars could have supported ancient life.
Seismometer Readings Could Offer Debris Flow Early Warning
(05/30/2018) - Researchers decipher readings from January's Montecito landslide to determine details of the disaster's scale and location.
From Techer Magazine: Unhackable Rights
(05/29/2018) - John Sarapata (BS '87) is head of engineering at Jigsaw, an incubator within Google's parent company, Alphabet. He describes Jigsaw as "focused on helping people facing organized abuse or oppression."
Caltech Partners with Orange County to Assess Integrity of June Primary Elections
(05/23/2018) - An online dashboard will give the public access to real-time election data, analytics, and reports of problems.
How Social Isolation Transforms the Brain
(05/17/2018) - A team of Caltech researchers has discovered that social isolation causes the build-up of a particular chemical in the brain, and that blocking this chemical eliminates the negative effects of isolation. The work has potential applications for treating mental health disorders in humans.
No Motor, No Battery, No Problem
(05/15/2018) - Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors, servos, or power supply. The work blurs the boundary between materials and robots.
Caltech Alumni to Gather for Annual Reunion Weekend
(05/14/2018) - This month, Caltech will welcome to campus as many as 1,500 alumni, family members, and friends for Reunion Weekend and 81st Annual Seminar Day.
Solving Pieces of the Genetic Puzzle
(05/09/2018) - How many noncoding regions on DNA function has been a complete mystery, but a new technique helps shed light on what they do.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: A Mathematical Universe
(05/07/2018) - Contributing to a grand unified theory ought to be a daunting task. But true to the Caltech spirit, mathematics scholar Yeorgia Kafkoulis, a member of the class of 2019, thrills at the challenge.
Butterfly Wings Inspire Light-Manipulating Surface for Medical Implants
(04/30/2018) - Nanostructures inspired by transparent butterfly wings help eye implants function better and safely avoid biofouling.
From Caltech Magazine: Branching Out into Language
(04/26/2018) - Matilde Marcolli is using the tools of mathematics to dig up the roots and examine the branches of linguistic family trees.
Why We Need Erasable MRI Scans
(04/25/2018) - Gas-filled protein structures could one day be used as "erasable" contrast agents for MRI scans.
Caltech Event Provides Introduction to Climate Science
(04/21/2018) - At the start of Earth Week, Caltech hosted a two-day series of lectures to improve understanding of the mechanisms driving climate change.
AAAS Elects Two from Caltech
(04/18/2018) - Michael Alvarez and Ellen Rothenberg, as well as two alumni, join 82 current Caltech faculty members as fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From Techer Magazine: Something New Under the Sun
(04/16/2018) - A seven-person startup cofounded by Travis Bayer (PhD '07) may be leading the way to transforming the lives of sub-Saharan farmers and industrial agriculture alike.
Paralyzed Patient Feels Sensation Again
(04/10/2018) - Using a tiny array of electrodes implanted in the brain's somatosensory cortex, Caltech scientists have induced sensations of touch and movement in the arm of a paralyzed man.
Caltech Scientists Breed Bacteria That Make Tiny High-Energy Carbon Rings
(04/05/2018) - Engineered bacterial enzymes provide easy access to strained molecular structures rarely seen in nature.
Remembering Richard Feynman
(04/04/2018) - To celebrate Feynman's 100th birthday, Caltech is hosting a special two-day event in May featuring his friends and family and some of the top scientists of today.
From Techer Magazine: Life in Transition
(04/04/2018) - From Caltech to researcher to entrepreneur to advocate for women in technology, Telle Whitney (PhD '85) has thrived on risk-taking and transition—and she's inspired and assisted hundreds of thousands of women along the way.
From Techer Magazine: Turning the Tide
(03/29/2018) - Oil spill expert CJ Beegle-Krause (BS '82) on her circuitous academic career, responding to Deepwater Horizon, and the art of predicting spills.
From Break Through The Caltech Campaign: Build I.T. and They Will Come
(03/26/2018) - When Adam Wierman joined Caltech's faculty in 2007, he set out to find a new challenge. "I wanted to do something about a problem of fundamental importance," he says. "Climate is the problem."
Event to Celebrate Science Comes to Campus
(03/23/2018) - Science for March, a daytime event on Beckman Mall on Saturday, March 31, will celebrate science with interactive booths and learning stations as well as an indoor speaker lineup.
From Techer Magazine: Breath of Life
(03/16/2018) - Alumnus Dan Lieberman and his team are working to bring oxygen to children at risk of dying from pneumonia in the developing world.
Caltech Mourns the Loss of Stephen Hawking
(03/14/2018) - Stephen Hawking, the author of A Brief History of Time and a frequent visitor to Caltech, has passed away. He was 76.
A Conversation with Caltech Entomologist Joe Parker
(03/12/2018) - New assistant professor of biology Joe Parker discusses his lifelong love of insects and explains how a tiny kind of beetle can answer fundamental questions of evolution.
New Humanities Class Explores Blurry Line Between Humans and Animals
(03/08/2018) - The course takes students on a literary, historical, and philosophical journey through ideas about what makes a human, what makes an animal, and what makes them different.
Students Prepare for Annual Engineering Design Contest
(03/06/2018) - Six teams of undergraduate students will face off in the annual ME 72 design competition on Thursday, March 8. In the competition, three robots from each team will go head-to-head on Beckman Mall. Each year has a different theme; this year's theme is "Tank Wars."
You Don't Think Your Way Out of a Tiger Attack
(03/06/2018) - Researchers have discovered the presence of two "fear" circuits in the brain. One circuit deals with immediate threats without using conscious thought. The other circuit deals with more distant threats in a cognitive, strategic fashion.
Massive Astrophysical Objects Governed by Subatomic Equation
(03/05/2018) - Surprisingly, a quintessential equation of quantum mechanics emerges while studying astronomical disks of orbiting material.
Caltech Announces the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
(03/01/2018) - Five alumni will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the Institute bestows upon a graduate.
Mapping the Neural Circuit Governing Thirst
(02/28/2018) - Caltech researchers discover the wiring of the circuit in the mouse brain that drives and quenches thirst.
Civil Rights Leader to be Caltech's 2018 Commencement Speaker
(02/26/2018) - John Lewis, a U.S. congressman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, will be the speaker at Caltech's 124th annual commencement ceremony.
Beaming with the Light of Millions of Suns
(02/26/2018) - A Caltech-led astronomy team is homing in on the nature of extreme objects known as ULXs.
Caltech Student Joins Inaugural Class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars
(02/20/2018) - The program provides full tuition, room and board, and a living stipend to its scholars to study in any Stanford graduate school. It also provides leadership training, and will bring the scholars into contact with national and world leaders.
2018 Feynman Teaching Prize is Awarded to Harry Gray
(02/18/2018) - Gray, who has taught at Caltech since 1966, was nominated by students, alumni, and fellow faculty members, all of whom extoled the way he has consistently brought his subject to life with a combination of thoughtful instruction and enthusiastic entertainment.
Caltech Students Win Prestigious Scholarship
(02/13/2018) - Two Caltech seniors, Matthew Weidner and Aishwarya Nene, have been awarded the Churchill Scholarship, which will fund their graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.
New Process Allows 3-D Printing of Nanoscale Metal Structures
(02/09/2018) - For the first time, it is possible to create complex nanoscale metal structures using 3-D printing, thanks to a new technique developed at Caltech.
From Caltech Magazine: Caltech Olympians
(02/09/2018) - As the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off, we consider Caltech competitors who have taken their athletic prowess to the Olympics over the years. And let's not forget that today's Caltech Beavers are headed up by a gold- and silver-medal-winning Olympic swimmer.
New Clues to Compositions of TRAPPIST-1 Planets
(02/05/2018) - Since the extent of the system was revealed in February 2017, researchers have been working hard to better characterize these planets and collect more information about them.
From ENGenious Magazine: Quantum Engineering: A New Frontier
(01/31/2018) - "The science of things is getting smaller....We are also seeing a societal need for things to get smaller—and it doesn't get smaller than the quantum scale, which is an area of historic expertise for Caltech."
From Techer Magazine: Animating Forces
(01/29/2018) - These Caltech alumni help create the animated films that captivate our imaginations. They share with us some of the insider secrets that they've used to make characters more lovable, scenes more realistic, and every moment a little more wonder-filled.
Taking the Pulse of Planets and Stars
(01/24/2018) - Jim Fuller, assistant professor of theoretical astrophysics, studies vibrating cosmic spheres, such as stars with "heartbeats," and the gas giant Saturn.
Survival Mode in a Tiny Worm's Brain
(01/22/2018) - Caltech scientists examine how environmental stress causes drastic behavioral and neurological changes in the tiny roundworm C. elegans.
Caltech and Disney Engineers Collaborate on Robotics
(01/18/2018) - Caltech and Disney have signed a joint research agreement to collaborate on advanced robotics and machine learning research.
Citizen Scientists Discover Five-Planet System
(01/11/2018) - A group of 10,000 citizen scientists from all over the world helped to identify signals from five planets orbiting a distant star.
CTLO Celebrates Five Years of Success
(01/10/2018) - The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach was launched in 2012 with ambitious goals: to improve the quality of teaching on campus, bolster instructional opportunities for students, and engage K–12 schools in educational outreach.
New Technology Will Create Brain Wiring Diagrams
(01/08/2018) - Using Drosophila fruit flies, Caltech researchers have developed a method to easily see neural connections and the flow of communications in real time within living flies.
Caltech's NIRES Instrument Achieves "First Light"
(01/05/2018) - A new Caltech-built instrument at the W. M. Keck Observatory has captured its first spectral image. Because NIRES will be on the telescope at all times, its specialty will be capturing Targets of Opportunity (ToO)—astronomical objects that unexpectedly erupt.
Bacteria Reflect "Sonar" Signals for Ultrasound Imaging
(01/03/2018) - Caltech researchers have created bacterial cells with the ability to reflect sound waves from inside bodies, reminiscent of how submarines reflect sonar to reveal their locations.
From Caltech Magazine: Rooftops of Caltech
(01/02/2018) - Of all the fascinating research, communication, and innovation that takes place on campus, some of the most interesting is hidden—often in plain sight—where most members of the community never go: on the rooftops of campus buildings.
From Caltech Magazine: Classic Cuppa Cocoa
(12/26/2017) - In addition to shaping the policies that would help create a world-renowned hub of science and engineering, Arthur Amos Noyes, who came to Caltech in 1919, introduced at least one early Caltech tradition: hot cocoa. Get the recipe!
Modeling the Effects of Wastewater Injection
(12/20/2017) - Scientists have developed a model to estimate the largest possible earthquake in a given location that could be caused by the disposal of water used in hydraulic fracturing.
Update on Neutron Star Smash-Up: Jet Hits a Roadblock
(12/20/2017) - Light detected from a neutron star merger is not from a super-fast jet as previously suspected, but rather a bubble-like cocoon.
From ENGenious Magazine: Making Megacities Resilient
(12/19/2017) - Resilience is the capacity to endure and recover from stress, to bend and not break. The Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) has identified "resilient megacities" as one of five future research thrusts.
17 for 2017: The Year in News at Caltech
(12/12/2017) - In case you missed any of the year's news, here are 17 of the most notable moments from 2017.
Two Holograms in One Surface
(12/11/2017) - A team at Caltech has figured out a way to encode more than one holographic image in a single surface without any loss of resolution. The engineering feat overturns a long-held assumption that a single surface could only project a single image regardless of the angle of illumination.
Chen Building Breaks Ground
(12/05/2017) - The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building breaks ground as a first round of funding to researchers is announced.
From the Break Through Campaign: Mixed Microbes
(12/04/2017) - Dianne Newman views Southern California as a melting pot of diversity. But for her, some of the most interesting inhabitants are best viewed under a microscope.
Science Meets Art in a Warehouse in Brooklyn
(11/30/2017) - This past summer, in a brick warehouse in the waterfront community of Red Hook, Brooklyn, scientists from Caltech and other institutes gathered with artists and musicians to discuss everything from gravitational waves to tintype photography.
Teaching Life a New Trick
(11/29/2017) - For the first time, scientists have created bacteria that can make compounds with boron-carbon bonds. Before now, such bonds came only from the laboratories of chemists and could not be produced by any known life form.
Bots on the Move
(11/27/2017) - In Caltech labs, robots stride gracefully on treadmills and fly with the complex agility of bats. Researchers are finding solutions to societal problems while seeking fresh insights into the most basic mechanisms of locomotion and flight.
Engineers Model the California Reservoir Network
(11/22/2017) - An empirical model of 55 of California's major reservoirs reveals how they respond to shifting drought conditions and to one another.
The Strange Case of the Scuba Diving Fly
(11/20/2017) - The flies of Mono Lake have puzzled observers—including author Mark Twain—for over a century with their ability to crawl underwater without getting wet. New research from Caltech makes progress in solving this scientific mystery.
Female Tech Entrepreneurs Hampered by Bias Among Male Investors
(11/16/2017) - A new study is highlighting one possible reason women aren't making more headway in Silicon Valley: men prefer to invest in companies run by other men.
Zwicky Transient Facility Opens Its Eyes to the Volatile Cosmos
(11/14/2017) - The latest workhorse camera at Palomar Observatory will scan the majority of the night sky every night, looking for cosmic events as they happen.
Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open Air
(11/13/2017) - Engineers used the flow of water over a crystal plate to generate a stable ring of plasma without a vacuum chamber or electromagnetic fields to contain it.
Gradinaru Selected as a Moore Inventor Fellow
(11/07/2017) - The fellowship, from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, awards $825,000 toward accelerating invention.
The Neutron Dance
(11/06/2017) - Caltech geochemist John Eiler aims to reveal "the genetics of everything"—the history of each molecule in the natural world as written in its isotopic structure. What he finds out could have implications for ventures ranging from the study of meteorites to medical diagnosis and treatment.
Serendipity, on Purpose
(11/03/2017) - Caltech surprised chemist and neurobiologist Linda Hsieh-Wilson when she arrived as a new professor in 2000. The unusually interactive campus felt like a community, even a family.
Where It All Began
(10/30/2017) - Caltech's pioneering geobiology program, which began in the '90s, is uncovering knowledge about the forces that created our world and continue to shape it.
Caltech Elects Three New Trustees
(10/25/2017) - Caltech's Board of Trustees, gathering this week for its annual retreat, has recently welcomed new members from the fields of philanthropy, finance, and real estate development.
Caltech Launches New Autonomous Systems Research Center
(10/24/2017) - The Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) will unite engineers and scientists from many disciplines to advance research on robotics, drones, driverless cars, and machine learning.
Nature or Nurture? Innate Social Behaviors in the Mouse Brain
(10/19/2017) - The brain circuitry that controls innate, or instinctive, behaviors such as mating and fighting was thought to be genetically hardwired. New findings from the Anderson laboratory suggest that this is not the case.
Konstantin Batygin Named a Packard Fellow
(10/18/2017) - Five-year fellowship offers early career researchers freedom to tackle major challenges
LIGO and Virgo Make First Detection of Gravitational Waves Produced by Colliding Neutron Stars
(10/16/2017) - The discovery marks the first cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light.
Caltech-Led Teams Strike Cosmic Gold
(10/16/2017) - Decades of pioneering work by the Caltech LIGO team and the hard work of Caltech astronomers lead to the first detections of gravitational waves and light from the same cataclysmic event—and reveal the cosmic source of heavy elements.
The Giving Reflex
(10/10/2017) - Peter Hung has seen Caltech from a variety of angles—as an undergraduate, a graduate student, an award-winning instructor, a research mentor, an alumnus, and a donor.
A Test That Reveals Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in 30 Minutes
(10/05/2017) - A new test developed at Caltech can identify whether bacteria are resistant to antibiotics in a mere half hour, giving medical professionals a new tool for fighting infections.
Barry Barish and Kip Thorne Awarded Nobel Prize
(10/03/2017) - Barry C. Barish, the Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, and Kip S. Thorne (BS '62), the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Scenes from Frosh Camp
(09/28/2017) - Over the two days, students from the class of 2021 attended talks, met deans and resident associates, and participated in elective activities such as a boat design contest and a geology hike.
Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger Observed by LIGO and Virgo
(09/27/2017) - The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration report the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.
Student Study: Leading Edge
(09/25/2017) - Elected by their peers, Caltech's student leaders shape many other aspects of student life at Caltech.
The Surprising, Ancient Behavior of Jellyfish
(09/21/2017) - Caltech scientists have discovered that, as different as our daily schedules may seem, humans and jellyfish actually start and end their days with the same behavior: sleep.
Postdoctoral Scholars Named Hanna Gray Fellows
(09/19/2017) - Two Caltech postdoctoral scholars will each receive up to $1.4 million in funding over eight years.
Caltech Welcomes New Students, Encourages Them to Explore
(09/18/2017) - On Sunday, September 17, Caltech extended an official welcome to its new undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars at its annual Convocation Ceremony.
Cassini's Final Plunge
(09/15/2017) - Crowds at JPL and Caltech watch as the Cassini spacecraft ends its 20-year mission with a dive into Saturn.
New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills
(09/12/2017) - Caltech researchers have developed microscale devices that relay their location in the body. "The dream is that we will have microscale devices that are roaming our bodies and either diagnosing problems or fixing things."
First On-chip Nanoscale Optical Quantum Memory Developed
(09/11/2017) - The smallest-yet optical quantum memory device is a storage medium for optical quantum networks with the potential to be scaled up for commercial use.
Caltech Alumnus Tapped for Infiniti Engineering Academy
(09/08/2017) - Evan Sloan (BS '17) is one of just seven engineers chosen to attend the academy from around the world.
(09/06/2017) - All summer long, the campus hosts students involved in undergraduate research, sponsors internships, and engages in outreach to the surrounding communities.
Want to know how healthy your heart is? Now there's an app for that.
(09/05/2017) - In a proof-of-concept clinical trial, engineers at Caltech, Huntington Medical Research Institute, and USC have demonstrated that the camera on your smartphone can noninvasively provide detailed information about your heart's health.
The Massively Big Picture
(08/28/2017) - The 2011 Japanese earthquake was a defining moment for Mark Simons. The devastating 9.0-magnitude quake and its subsequent tsunami, which took nearly 16,000 lives, spurred research that will shape how nations predict and prepare for future natural disasters.
(08/22/2017) - Caltech's students are playing a critical role in the decision making around Caltech's newest undergraduate residence, now under construction.
Seeing the Sun
(08/21/2017) - Thousands gathered at Caltech for a glimpse of the solar eclipse from the Beckman Lawn and from inside Linde + Robinson Laboratory where the coelostat, a solar telescope, beams a real time projected image of the sun to a plaque in the main corridor.
NuSTAR to Observe Solar Eclipse
(08/17/2017) - The NuSTAR telescope will pivot toward the sun during the August 21 total solar eclipse.
Celebrating Voyager's 40 Years in Space with Ed Stone
(08/17/2017) - New video highlights Caltech's Ed Stone, long-time project scientist for the mission.
Cosmic Magnifying Lens Reveals Inner Jets of Black Holes
(08/15/2017) - New observations at Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) show clumps of gas streaming from supermassive black hole.
Pulsars and Pretzels
(08/10/2017) - With Astronomy on Tap, Caltech astronomers are breaking down barriers and reaching an ever-wider audience.
Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!
(08/08/2017) - It's been five years since it landed near Mount Sharp on Mars, and NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is still going strong.
(08/08/2017) - An algorithm developed at Caltech correctly models the complex behavior of vortices surrounding hummingbird wings.
Why I Ate a Bug
(07/27/2017) - Alumnus Sam Wang (BS '86) became famous for his hobby—analyzing elections. Last fall, Wired magazine called the neuroscientist, "The new king of the presidential election data mountain."
The Neural Codes for Body Movements
(07/20/2017) - A small patch of neurons fires in complex ways to encode movement of much of the body.
Holographic Imaging Could Be Used to Detect Signs of Life in Space
(07/20/2017) - Jay Nadeau and colleagues offer evidence that a technique called digital holographic microscopy, which uses lasers to record 3-D images, may be our best bet for spotting extraterrestrial microbes.
Key to Speeding Up Carbon Sequestration Discovered
(07/17/2017) - Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
(07/13/2017) - The JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno mission snapped pics of the most iconic feature of the solar system's largest planetary inhabitant during its Monday, July 10 flyby.
Computer Chip Technology Repurposed for Making Reflective Nanostructures
(07/13/2017) - Andrei Faraon's nano-scale metamaterials have been used to create flat lenses and prism-like surfaces that spread light out into its spectrum. Now, he is using them to create a special class of reflective surfaces.
(07/12/2017) - How much does a cloud weigh? That was the question on artist Karen LaMonte's mind when she emailed Caltech climate scientist Tapio Schneider a year and a half ago.
Science Fiction or Speculative History?
(07/05/2017) - The Caltech Alumni Association brought together two alumni who branched into the realm of writing science fiction: David Brin (BS '73), whose work spans more than three decades, and newcomer S.B. Divya (BS '96), whose debut novella, Runtime, was just nominated for a Nebula Award.
David Tirrell Named Caltech Provost
(06/29/2017) - An accomplished researcher, academic leader, and longtime member of the Caltech community, Tirrell will become the Institute's chief academic officer.
They Call the Technologist Behind Airbnb "Joebot"
(06/28/2017) - But Joe Zadeh (PhD '10) is very much human—and he strives to ensure the home-sharing service has a highly personal touch.
Novel Viral Vectors Deliver Useful Cargo to Neurons
(06/26/2017) - Caltech researchers have developed two new variants of a vector: one that can efficiently ferry genetic cargo past the blood-brain barrier; and another that is efficiently picked up by peripheral neurons residing outside the brain and spinal cord.
Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses
(06/22/2017) - At Caltech, engineers have developed a new camera design that replaces lenses with an ultra-thin optical phased array.
A Rainbow of Possibilities
(06/21/2017) - Materials engineered at the nanoscale can control the dispersion of light and could be the basis of next-generation spectrometers and other imaging devices.
New Branch in Family Tree of Exoplanets Discovered
(06/19/2017) - In a new Caltech-led study, researchers have classified exoplanets in much the same way that biologists identify new animal species.
Caltech Faculty Receive Named Professorships
(06/15/2017) - During the 2016-17 academic year, Caltech recognized 25 faculty members with the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty—a named professorship.
NuSTAR's First Five Years in Space
(06/13/2017) - To celebrate the 5th anniversary of NASA's NuSTAR space mission, Principal Investigator Fiona Harrison of Caltech talks about some of her favorite images.
(06/12/2017) - The Caltech Alumni Association prepares to welcome the class of 2017. Nikita Sirohi (BS '17) shares a few thoughts about her next steps.
The Art of Exoplanets
(06/08/2017) - Two Caltech visual artists transform data points into dramatic imagery.
Overriding the Urge to Sleep
(06/08/2017) - New research identifies a group of neurons that can help us stay awake when it matters.
Caltech Postdoc a Future Astronaut
(06/07/2017) - NASA announced today that Caltech's Jessica Watkins, GPS Chair's Postdoctoral Fellow and California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Fellow, has been selected for the 2017 Astronaut Class.
From Earworms to Ebola
(06/02/2017) - As a reporter for NPR's science desk, Michaeleen Doucleff (BS '98) is quickly gaining a reputation for journalism that ranges from quirky to daring.
Cracking the Code of Facial Recognition
(06/02/2017) - Scientists reveal the elegant math behind the brain's visual perception of faces.
LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves for Third Time
(06/01/2017) - Newest LIGO observation provides clues about the spins, and possible origins, of binary black holes.
Teagan Wall (PhD '15) on Bill Nye and Scientific Storytelling
(05/31/2017) - Wall had what she calls the "strange and exciting experience" of not only meeting Nye, but working as a writer on his new Netflix show.
Sour Taste Cells Detect Water
(05/30/2017) - Sour-sensing taste pathway also mediates water detection in mammalian tongue.
An Invitation to Explore
(05/30/2017) - Chemistry 101 gives Caltech undergrads a chance to delve into intriguing topics.
Inside Look: the Chen Institute at Caltech
(05/22/2017) - "The Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech will let us do something special because we are now bringing individual talents together to transform the study of the brain."
Cutting Down on Cancer Surgeries
(05/17/2017) - Engineers at Caltech's Optical Imaging Laboratory have developed an imaging technology that could help surgeons removing breast cancer lumps confirm that they have cut out the entire tumor.
Chemistry Professor Awarded Feynman Teaching Prize
(05/15/2017) - Brian Stoltz has taught organic chemistry at Caltech for nearly two decades.
Limitless: Hard-Core Scientist/Athletes
(05/11/2017) - Whether they're hanging off a rock face or hanging ten atop a wave, Caltech and JPL scientists seem drawn to hard-core sports. Meet five of our most intrepid adventurers.
Caltech Chemical Engineer Explains Oxygen Mystery on Comets
(05/08/2017) - Konstantinos P. Giapis has figured out a nagging mystery in space—how molecular oxygen is produced on comets.
Five from Caltech Elected to National Academy of Sciences
(05/02/2017) - Caltech professors and alumni included among the Academy's new members.
Earthquakes Can Make Thrust Faults Open Violently and Snap Shut
(05/01/2017) - Engineers and scientists experimentally observe surface twisting in thrust faults that can momentarily rip open the earth's surface.
NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
(04/27/2017) - NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.
Bare Bones: Making Bones Transparent
(04/26/2017) - A new bone clearing technique is a breakthrough for testing osteoporosis drugs.
Lawrence Elected to Caltech Board of Trustees
(04/24/2017) - Taylor Lawrence (BS '86) has been elected to the Caltech Board of Trustees. He is president of Raytheon Missile Systems, a division of the defense contractor Raytheon Company, and a vice president of Raytheon Company.
Chavez Elected to Caltech Board of Trustees
(04/24/2017) - David Chavez (BS '96) has been elected to the Caltech Board of Trustees. He is a principal investigator and project leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico.
VIDEO: No Borders: Science and Caltech
(04/22/2017) - Caltech's staff, students, and researchers hail from around the world. Meet a few members of our diverse international community, and hear their stories.
(04/22/2017) - A look at some of Caltech's recent breakthroughs in science and engineering.
Rare Brightening of a Supernova's Light found by Palomar Observatory
(04/21/2017) - Astronomers find magnified "standard candle" in the sky, leading the way to more precise measurements of the expansion rate of our universe.
New Quantum Liquid Crystals May Play Role in Future of Computers
(04/20/2017) - Physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal—a new state of matter that may have applications in ultrafast quantum computers of the future.
Scientists Learn Secrets of Deadly Bacterial Toxin Gun
(04/17/2017) - Scientists have discovered the structure of a bacterial machine that injects toxins into cells and spreads antibiotic resistance.
Black Silicon Prevents Eye Implant from Gumming Up
(04/13/2017) - New eye implants from the lab of Hyuck Choo are an order of magnitude smaller than previous designs and use a new material that improves their longevity.
Inventing Tools for Detecting Life Elsewhere
(03/29/2017) - At Caltech, in the Exoplanet Technology Laboratory, or ET Lab, researchers have been developing new ways to search exoplanets for biosignatures.
Parasitic Fish Offer Evolutionary Insights
(03/20/2017) - Lamprey show that vertebrates once might have relied on a different mechanism for developing neurons in the gut.
Study: Cold Climates and Ocean Carbon Sequestration
(03/14/2017) - A new study suggests that efficient nutrient consumption by plankton in the Southern Ocean drove carbon sequestration in the deep ocean during the ice ages.
Caltech Mourns the Passing of LIGO Co-founder Ronald W. P. Drever
(03/08/2017) - Ronald William Prest Drever, professor of physics, emeritus, at Caltech, passed away on March 7, 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was 85 years old.
New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future
(03/06/2017) - Researchers at Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels.
Temperature Swings of Black Hole Winds Measured for First Time
(03/01/2017) - Rapidly varying temperatures have been measured on the ultrafast streams of gas emanating from around a black hole.
New Cancer Drug Targets Cellular Garbage Disposal
(02/27/2017) - By inhibiting the proteasome—the cell's garbage disposal—in a novel way, a new treatment causes cancer cells to fill up with "trash" and self-destruct.
Electrons Use DNA Like a Wire for Signaling DNA Replication
(02/23/2017) - A Caltech-led study has shown that the electrical wire-like behavior of DNA is involved in the molecule's replication.
NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star
(02/22/2017) - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.
Photons, Electrons, Silicon: Caltech's Electric Light Orchestra
(02/16/2017) - ENGenious magazine sat down with four Caltech professors to discuss the field of silicon photonics, including some incredible potential applications.
Graduate Students Peer into Cosmic Web
(02/14/2017) - The Keck Cosmic Web Imager will be used at the W. M. Keck Observatory to image the webs of matter between galaxies.
Violence and Order
(02/06/2017) - Caltech and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens have embarked on a new collaboration.
Engineers Build Robot Drone That Mimics Bat Flight
(02/01/2017) - A self-contained flying robot successfully mimics the flight of bats using a morphing skeleton array and a silicone-based membrane skin.
Politics and American Higher Education
(01/31/2017) - Four presidents discuss the role of institutions of higher education in times of political change and social turmoil.
Engineers Create Artificial Skin That "Feels" Temperature Changes
(01/30/2017) - A team of engineers and scientists at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that allows pit vipers to sense their prey.
New Planet Imager Delivers First Science
(01/30/2017) - The Keck Observatory's vortex coronagraph has the potential to image planetary systems closer to their host stars than was possible before.
Small but Mighty: Fruit Fly Muscles
(01/26/2017) - A new study explains the nimble, complex maneuvers that allow the pesky fruit fly to evade being swatted.
Problem Solving, One Avocado at a Time
(01/24/2017) - For the handful of students in Caltech's legendary Physics 11 seminar, jumping over hurdles is just the beginning.
(01/17/2017) - For over a decade, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at Caltech has been an intellectual hub and facilitator of cross-disciplinary research in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
New Instrument Poised to Image the Cosmic Web
(01/12/2017) - A Caltech team has designed and built a new imaging spectrograph to map streams of gas that feed forming galaxies.
Interacting With History
(01/05/2017) - The history of Caltech is one of intriguing people, significant places, and some very unique things … all of which can be explored in the Institute's new interactive history map.
New Sight for Sore Eyes
(01/03/2017) - A formidable team of Caltech and University of Southern California investigators has geared up to understand, protect, and repair the human eye.
16 for 2016: The Year in News at Caltech
(12/22/2016) - In case you missed any of the year's news, here are 16 of the most significant moments from 2016.
Source of Biological Magnetism Disputed
(12/22/2016) - A trio of papers—investigating how traces of iron could allow animals to navigate by magnetic fields and could further influence cellular function—fails to pass muster, says Markus Meister.
Satellites Observe "Traffic Jams" in Antarctic Ice Stream
(12/19/2016) - For the first time, researchers have closely observed how the ocean's tides can speed up or slow down the speed of glacial movement in Antarctica. The new data will help modelers better predict how glaciers will respond to rising sea levels.
Building Better Batteries
(12/19/2016) - New discoveries about the mechanical properties of lithium metal can make batteries safer and last longer.
Mobile Phone App Can Recognize Birds From Photos
(12/14/2016) - "This app is the culmination of seven years of our students' hard work and is propelled by the tremendous progress that computer-vision and machine-learning scientists are making around the world," says Caltech's Pietro Perona.
New Class of NAI Fellows Includes Trio of Caltech Innovators
(12/13/2016) - The National Academy of Inventors has named William L. Johnson, Yu-Chong Tai, and Amnon Yariv to its 2016 class of fellows.
Protein Disrupts Infectious Biofilms
(12/08/2016) - Researchers discover a protein that inhibits biofilms of a bacterium responsible for many cystic fibrosis infections.
Major Neuroscience Initiative Launched
(12/06/2016) - Spearheaded by a $115 million gift from visionary philanthropists Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, Caltech and the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute are announcing the launch of a campus-wide neuroscience initiative to create a unique environment for interdisciplinary brain research.
Parkinson's Disease Linked to Microbiome
(12/01/2016) - Caltech scientists have discovered for the first time a functional link between bacteria in the intestines and Parkinson's disease.
LIGO Resumes Search for Gravitational Waves
(11/30/2016) - After a series of upgrades, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has turned back on and resumed its search for ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves.
Cement Absorbs Carbon Dioxide
(11/30/2016) - A new study reveals that cement absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and has offset nearly half of the CO2 chemically released during cement production over the past eight decades.
Bringing Silicon to Life
(11/24/2016) - Living organisms have been persuaded to make chemical bonds not found in nature, a finding that may change how medicines and other chemicals are made in the future.
New Clues Emerge in 30-Year-Old Superconductor Mystery
(11/22/2016) - Researchers are taking steps toward cracking the puzzle of how high-temperature superconductors work.
History of Cells Told Through MEMOIR
(11/21/2016) - Researchers have developed a new method for reading the history and "family trees" of cells. The technique can record the life history of animal cells—their relationships with other cells, communication patterns, and the influential events that have shaped them.
Turning Back the Aging Clock
(11/18/2016) - By boosting genes that destroy defective mitochondrial DNA, researchers can slow down and potentially reverse an important part of the aging process.
Biologists Give Bacteria Thermostat Controls
(11/14/2016) - Researchers are developing new tools for the emerging field called microbial therapeutics, in which bacteria are used as medicine.
Then and Now
(11/07/2016) - To honor both Caltech's humble beginnings 125 years ago and the leaps and bounds it—along with technology, society, and science—has made since then, we decided to compare facets of the school, past and present.
The Wiring of Fly Brains
(11/01/2016) - Biologists at Caltech have developed a new system for visualizing connections between individual cells in fly brains. The finding may ultimately lead to "wiring diagrams" of fly and other animal brains, which would help researchers understand how neurons are connected.
In Memoriam: John D. Roberts, 1918-2016
(10/29/2016) - John D. ("Jack") Roberts, Institute Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at Caltech and former provost, passed away on Oct. 29, 2016. He was 98.
Visualization Brings Data to Life
(10/28/2016) - Students from around the country use design and programming principles to solve data visualization challenges facing Caltech and JPL researchers.
Caltech Elects New Members to Board of Trustees
(10/26/2016) - Three new members—Spencer Abraham, Rebecka Belldegrun, and alumna Ann Stimmler Johnson—have been elected to the Caltech Board of Trustees.
Bill Gates Visits Caltech
(10/24/2016) - Legendary technologist and philanthropist Bill Gates offers wisdom and advice to the next generation of scientists and engineers at Caltech.
Curious Tilt of the Sun Traced to Undiscovered Planet
(10/19/2016) - "Planet Nine," which may lurk beyond Neptune, may be the reason that the solar system's planets orbit at a six-degree angle with respect to the sun.
The City of Astronomy
(10/13/2016) - From October 16–22, Caltech and nine other institutions are participating in Pasadena Astronomy Week to celebrate the city's rich history in astronomy.
SURF Seminar Day 2016
(10/12/2016) - Since 1979, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program has allowed undergraduate students to apply the theories they've learned in the classroom to address real-world research problems. On October 15, students will present their research at the annual SURF Seminar Day.
Partners in Innovation
(10/03/2016) - On September 27, researchers from Caltech and City of Hope presented promising biomedical research from recent collaborations.
No Rest for a Nobelist
(09/30/2016) - For the vast majority of the 34 Caltech faculty and alumni who have together won 35 Nobels, the award is just the beginning.
Modular Space Telescope Could Be Assembled By Robot
(09/28/2016) - Spider-like assembly robots can build a web of trusses that supports an enormous telescope mirror, researchers say.
MiPACT Reveals Infections in Plain View
(09/27/2016) - Caltech researchers can now image bacterial infections in 3D by rendering cystic fibrosis mucus transparent.
Caltech Welcomes Incoming Class of Students
(09/26/2016) - With the start of the new school year, Caltech welcomes the class of 2020 to campus—236 students bringing a variety of backgrounds and unique viewpoints to Caltech's academic community.
Aravin and Hoelz Named HHMI Faculty Scholars
(09/22/2016) - The program is a new partnership between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Two New MacArthur Fellows
(09/21/2016) - Dianne Newman and Victoria Orphan will receive the "no strings attached" fellowships, which award $625,000 over five years.
In the Light of Evolution
(09/15/2016) - Students reflect on experiences in a biannual evolution course which culminates in a trip to the Galápagos Islands.
Engineers Teach Machines to Recognize Tree Species
(09/13/2016) - A new algorithm can recognize and catalogue a city's trees using Google Maps, offering a new way to protect and manage a critical urban resource.
Recreating Our Galaxy in a Supercomputer
(09/07/2016) - A new simulation of our Milky Way galaxy's formation has led to the solution of a decades-old mystery.
Puzzle Maker: Building A Chemical from the Ground Up
(08/25/2016) - Caltech chemists have significantly improved upon the synthesis of a molecule related to muscle and neuronal function.
Designing Ultrasound Tools with Lego-Like Proteins
(08/24/2016) - Protein engineering techniques might one day lead to colorful ultrasound images of cells deep within our bodies.
New Challenge Honors Faculty and Supports Students
(08/22/2016) - An anonymous benefactor has initiated a $1 million giving challenge to endow eight graduate fellowships that will commemorate the contributions of Caltech faculty advisors who have guided generations of students.
Analyzing a Worm's Sleep
(08/18/2016) - New research from Caltech finds three chemicals that collectively work together to induce sleep in the roundworm C. elegans. The results suggest that other organisms, perhaps even humans, might similarly regulate sleep.
Exploration & Collaboration: The JPL-Caltech Connection
(08/10/2016) - Caltech's partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has made possible countless discoveries about our universe. Current Caltech faculty are participants on 12 missions.
The Utility of Instability
(08/08/2016) - A team of researchers from Caltech and Harvard have designed and created mechanical chains made of soft matter that can transmit signals across long distances.
Hushing the X Chromosome
(08/05/2016) - A new study highlights the role of DNA's three-dimensional structure in silencing genes.
Caltech's RoboSub Team Takes First Place
(08/03/2016) - Caltech's undergraduate robotics team wins the top prize at the 2016 International RoboSub Competition in San Diego.
Caltech Mourns the Passing of Ahmed Zewail
(08/02/2016) - Ahmed Zewail, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics, and director of the Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science and Technology, has passed away.
Chorus of Black Holes Radiates X-Rays
(07/28/2016) - The NuSTAR mission is identifying which black holes erupt with the highest-energy X-rays.
(07/13/2016) - From the exploration of other planets to the meanderings of single cells, Caltech and JPL researchers are thinking about transportation in unexpected ways.
DNA Origami Lights Up a Microscopic Glowing Van Gogh
(07/12/2016) - A technique that allows manmade DNA shapes to be placed wherever desired—to within a margin of error of just 20 nanometers—now removes a major hurdle for the large-scale integration of molecular devices on chips.
Juno Mission Begins Tour of Jupiter
(07/07/2016) - Caltech scientists look forward to data from NASA's Juno mission, now in orbit around Jupiter.
NASA Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise
(06/30/2016) - Unusual wind-sculpted sand ripples have been discovered on Mars. Their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere today provides new clues about the history of Mars' atmosphere.
In Memoriam: Simon "Si" Ramo, 1913-2016
(06/28/2016) - Alumnus and life member of the Board of Trustees Simon "Si" Ramo (PhD '36), a founding giant of the aerospace industry and chief architect of the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile system, passed away on June 27, 2016. He was 103.
Creating Facial Cartilage in the Lab
(06/24/2016) - Researchers have discovered a "gene circuit" that can alter the fate of cells, turning them into ones that make cartilage.
Defending the Court
(06/22/2016) - Will Peterson (BS '02) was offered the chance every lawyer dreams of, to argue before the Supreme Court, but the former software engineer had less than four months to prepare his case.
Newborn Exoplanet Discovered Around Young Star
(06/20/2016) - The discovery of an exoplanet that is essentially still in its infancy is an important step to understanding how planets, including the Earth, form.
Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes
(06/15/2016) - On December 26, 2015, scientists observed gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime—for the second time. A live press conference begins at 10:15 a.m. PDT.
Natural Quasicrystals May Be the Result of Collisions Between Objects in the Asteroid Belt
(06/14/2016) - Naturally formed quasicrystals—crystal-like solids with supposedly impossible symmetries—are among the rarest structures on Earth. Only two have ever been found.
New CFO Appointed
(06/13/2016) - Margo Steurbaut, vice president for finance at the University of Southern California, has been appointed Caltech's vice president for administration and chief financial officer. She will formally assume the position on July 5.
(06/10/2016) - On June 10th, Caltech celebrated the accomplishments of 579 graduates, awarding 249 bachelor's degrees, 140 master's degrees, and 190 doctoral degrees.
Solving Molecular Structures
(06/07/2016) - At Caltech, students have the opportunity to learn X‑ray crystallography, a technique that reveals the three-dimensional structure of molecules like proteins.
Beyond the Beaten Path
(06/06/2016) - We talked to some young alumni who have received nontraditional fellowships about the impact that these unique experiences have had on their lives, both during and after the prize.
Learning the Language of the Laboratory
(06/03/2016) - In a conversational French class at Caltech, scientists pick up technical vocabulary to prepare for research and educational experiences abroad.
Caltech Statement on UCLA Tragedy
(06/02/2016) - Caltech mourns the loss of UCLA professor and Caltech alum William S. Klug.
LIGO Founders Receive Prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics
(06/02/2016) - The $1 million prize, presented once every two years, honors Ronald Drever, Kip Thorne, and Rainer Weiss for their instrumental role in establishing LIGO, an effort that led to the direct direction of gravitational waves.
(05/27/2016) - On May 27, Caltech students celebrated Ditch Day, one of the Institute's oldest traditions. Seniors ditched their classes and vanished from campus, leaving behind complex, carefully planned out puzzles and challenges known as "stacks."
Frances Arnold Wins 2016 Millennium Technology Prize
(05/24/2016) - Innovator Frances Arnold has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for her "directed evolution" method, which creates new and better proteins in the laboratory using principles of evolution.
A Feeling Touch
(05/18/2016) - Using funding from the BRAIN Initiative, Caltech biologists are developing neuroprosthetics to bring tactile sensations to the users of robotic arms.
When Science Mentors Art, and Art Plays with Science
(05/16/2016) - The MACH 33 program pairs playwrights with science advisers from Caltech and JPL who can inform the plays' fictional worlds with scientific authenticity and insight to produce richer dramatic works.
A Celebration of Performing and Visual Arts at Caltech
(05/10/2016) - On May 21 at Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium, the Caltech Concert Band, Glee Club, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and a few of the Institute's many chamber music groups will take the stage for a unique Performing and Visual Arts Showcase.
LIGO Team Awarded Special Breakthrough Prize
(05/03/2016) - The Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics has announced a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the scientists and engineers who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves by LIGO.
Michael Watkins Named Next JPL Director
(05/02/2016) - Michael M. Watkins has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced today.
Caltech Launches $2B Fundraising Campaign
(04/29/2016) - Today, Caltech formally launches Break Through: The Caltech Campaign, an ambitious effort to secure Caltech's place as an engine of discovery for generations to come.
Caltech Funds Full Complement of Eight Leadership Chairs
(04/29/2016) - The endowed chairs help Caltech's academic leaders respond to special opportunities and seed-fund new projects.
The Global History of Space Exploration
(04/28/2016) - Historian of science Asif Siddiqi sheds light on forgotten global contributions to the space race.
Glitz & Qubits
(04/25/2016) - The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics has put Caltech quantum computing and superstring theory experts in the spotlight.
Aliso Canyon, Methane, and Global Climate
(04/18/2016) - We recently sat down with Paul Wennberg, director of the Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, to talk about methane emissions and how to put the Aliso Canyon event into perspective.
Biochemists Solve the Structure of the Cell's DNA Gatekeeper
(04/14/2016) - The detailed map is the first to determine the structure of a massive protein machine with near-atomic resolution.
Scientists Can Tell a Good Story
(04/13/2016) - A conversation with actor and science communicator Alan Alda about his passion for spreading the word of science and his special relationship with Caltech.
STEM Olympians Come to Campus
(04/08/2016) - One thousand of Southern California's brightest middle- and high-school students came to Caltech this past Saturday as the Institute hosted the Southern California Science Olympiad finals.
A Bright Future in Photovoltaics
(04/04/2016) - Carissa Eisler is rethinking how solar cells are designed in order to harness more power from the sun than ever before.
April Fools, The Caltech Way
(04/03/2016) - A photographic tribute to all the Caltech students who, over the decades, have used their creativity, imagination and hard work to explore not only the boundaries of science, but also those of humor and merriment.
Caltech Elects Three Trustees
(03/28/2016) - Three distinguished business leaders—Timothy J. Sloan, Michelle "Mich" Mathews-Spradlin, and Sabeer Bhatia (BS '91)—have been elected to the Caltech Board of Trustees.
Living—and Giving—the Caltech Dream
(03/23/2016) - In appreciation for the opportunities Caltech afforded him, professor, vice provost, and alumnus Mory Gharib is paying it forward, supporting new generations of Caltech graduate students through an endowed fellowship fund.
Nanoparticle-Based Cancer Therapies Shown to Work in Humans
(03/21/2016) - A team of researchers led by Caltech scientists has shown that nanoparticles can function to target tumors while avoiding adjacent healthy tissue in human cancer patients.
Ten Years of DNA Origami
(03/10/2016) - On March 14–16, Caltech will hold a symposium to look back on achievements in the field of DNA origami and to take a look at what is to come.
Vive la Difference
(03/03/2016) - Recent diversity initiatives offer a look at how Caltech seeks to continue building an all-inclusive atmosphere.
Scouting for Kuiper Belt Objects
(03/03/2016) - At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover a variety of objects both far from Earth and closer to home.
Seeking a Balanced Equation
(02/24/2016) - Graduate students talk about the work they love and the campus activities that round out their lives.
LIGO-India Gets Green Light
(02/18/2016) - The Indian Cabinet has granted in-principle approval for a project to build an Advanced LIGO Observatory in India, a move that will significantly improve the ability of scientists to pinpoint the sources of gravitational waves and analyze the signals.
Caltech Biologists Identify Gene That Helps Regulate Sleep
(02/17/2016) - The findings improve our understanding of sleep—something that we still know surprisingly little about despite its clear importance.
Considering the Future
(02/16/2016) - On February 26, some of the nation's leading scientists and researchers—including five Nobel laureates, two of whom are from Caltech—will gather at Caltech to discuss some of the most perplexing questions facing humanity.
Gravitational Waves Detected
(02/11/2016) - LIGO has opened a new window on the universe with the first direct observation of these ripples in spacetime.
White House Spotlights Earthquake Early-Warning System
(02/03/2016) - On February 2, 2016, the White House held the Earthquake Resilience Summit, signaling a new focus on earthquake safety and EEW systems.
Delivering Genes Across the Blood-Brain Barrier
(02/01/2016) - Caltech biologists have developed a vector capable of noninvasive delivery of genetic cargo throughout the adult central nervous system.
(01/29/2016) - Gregg Wright (BS '69) wrote in the Winter 2015 issue of E&S magazine about how Christa McAuliffe's death on the space shuttle Challenger inspired him to honor courage and excellence in education. On the 30th anniversary of the disaster, his comments are especially relevant.
Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences Celebrates 50th Anniversary
(01/26/2016) - The division will mark the anniversary with a lecture series, inviting distinguished HSS alumni and faculty members—both past and present—to speak about their work and the impact that Caltech has had on their careers. Historian and Caltech professor emeritus Daniel Kevles will deliver the first lecture on January 28.
Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet
(01/20/2016) - Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system.
An Entangled Evening of Quantum Science
(01/19/2016) - Caltech celebrates the past and present of quantum science and considers future possibilities that have the potential to revolutionize society.
A Healthy Start
(01/11/2016) - Explore the origins of Caltech's joint MD/PhD programs, which have helped dozens of students develop expertise in both basic science and clinical research.
The Long View
(01/05/2016) - We spoke with alumna France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation, about her career, the advancement of women in academia, and her enthusiasm for the future of science.
Science with a Smile
(12/22/2015) - Inspired by Bill Nye's blend of science and entertainment, Sho Takatori approaches his teaching and lab work with enthusiastic dedication.
Identification Tags Define Neural Circuits
(12/17/2015) - Biologists have identified a network of proteins that guides neural synapse formation in Drosophila brains.
15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech
(12/14/2015) - In case you missed any of them, here are 15 stories highlighting a few of the discoveries, methods, and technologies that came to life at Caltech in 2015.
Caltech Elects New Trustee
(12/10/2015) - Financial advisor Eduardo A. Repetto (PhD '98) has been elected to the Caltech Board of Trustees.
Unlocking the Chemistry of LIfe
(12/07/2015) - Thanks to the Proteome Exploration Laboratory, members of the Caltech faculty have an advantage in the quest to decipher details of the human proteome—the proteins encoded by the human genome.
Rethinking the Building Block
(12/03/2015) - Toy companies Roominate and Crossbeams, both founded by Caltech alumni, challenge traditional ideas of what a toy is, whom it's made for, and how it can inspire.
Viral Videos (and Bacterial Ones, Too)
(11/30/2015) - Grant Jensen is a high-powered movie producer. You won't see his name on any of this fall's Hollywood blockbusters, but in the field of cell biology, he has revolutionized the view that researchers, and even the curious public, get of the insides of cells.
Learning to Teach
(11/23/2015) - The Caltech Project for Effective Teaching (CPET), founded by graduate students, helps members of the Caltech community—including postdocs, undergraduates, professors, and graduate students—become more effective teachers and communicators.
Schools Help Researchers Understand Quakes
(11/19/2015) - A new collaboration between Caltech researchers and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools provides a crucial step in creating maps of the most intense shaking around the city.
Three's Not a Crowd
(11/17/2015) - The Butkovich sisters—freshman Lazarina, junior Slava, and sophomore Nina—find their own nearly identical trajectories unsurprising.
When Harry Met Arnold
(11/12/2015) - Caltech celebrates the 25th year of the Beckman Institute and the 80th birthday of Harry Gray, the Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the institute's founding director.
The Science of Economics
(11/09/2015) - A newly developed suite of software helps researchers analyze some of the most complex markets ever studied in the lab.
Volunteers for Vets
(11/05/2015) - For the last three years, Caltech students and staff have been lending a hand at Pasadena City College, providing free tutoring and mentoring to some of the campus's nearly 800 student veterans.
50 Years of Infrared Astronomy
(11/03/2015) - Fifty years ago, Caltech and its self-styled Infrared Army of experimental physicists and astronomers helped to found the discipline of infrared astronomy.
Caltech Elects Two New Trustees
(10/28/2015) - Two giants from the biomedicine world—alumnus David Ho and Bill Rastetter—join Caltech's Board of Trustees.
(10/26/2015) - If microbial life exists elsewhere in the solar system, wouldn't we like to actually see it on the move? Bioengineers are already testing a new scope—in extreme environments a bit closer to home—that could capture the 3D videos to make that possible.
Plenty of Room at the Blackboard
(10/21/2015) - Caltech is known to the world for its research, but to the student, there is nothing so inspiring as a great teacher.
Toward a Smarter Grid
(10/19/2015) - Major changes are coming to the electrical system. An interdisciplinary group of Caltech scientists and engineers is thinking ahead to prepare us for the power network of the future.
Cassini's Final Act
(10/18/2015) - JPL director, Caltech professor, and alumnus Charles Elachi reflects on NASA/JPL's Cassini Mission, which now has begun its last two years of operation—discussing the spacecraft's achievements, and what is yet to come.
(10/18/2015) - Faculty, students, and staff come together in a weeklong series of events that celebrate innovation and inspiration in the classroom.
Full Circle Physics
(10/18/2015) - By bringing together theorists and experimentalists under the same roof, Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter has created a continuous feedback loop to take quantum science to the next level.