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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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: 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.
Science All Summer Long
(08/23/2018) - Undergraduates keep busy through the summer months with programs that give them hands-on research experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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."
(09/06/2017) - All summer long, the campus hosts students involved in undergraduate research, sponsors internships, and engages in outreach to the surrounding communities.
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.
Pulsars and Pretzels
(08/10/2017) - With Astronomy on Tap, Caltech astronomers are breaking down barriers and reaching an ever-wider audience.
(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."
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Violence and Order
(02/06/2017) - Caltech and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens have embarked on a new collaboration.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.