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The Neutron Dance

By photosearth / November 7, 2017

Caltech geochemist John Eiler aims to reveal “the genetics of everything” Caltech geochemist John Eiler Credit: Caltech 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 […]

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The Grand Tour: Watson Lecture Preview

By photosearth / November 3, 2017

In the November 15 Watson Lecture, Professor of Planetary Science Heather Knutson will discuss how to characterize planets outside of our solar system. News Writer:  Lori Dajose Heather Knutson Credit: Caltech The past decade has marked a period of great progress in our quest to discover and characterize the properties of the planets outside of […]

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Caltech Launches New Autonomous Systems Research Center

By photosearth / October 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 News Writer:  Robert Perkins A scale model of the Autonomous Flying Ambulance being developed at CAST hovers in front of the wall of fans. Credit: Caltech On October […]

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Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin Named a Packard Fellow

By photosearth / October 18, 2017

Five-year fellowship offers early career researchers freedom to tackle major challenges News Writer:  Robert Perkins Konstantin Batygin Credit: Caltech Konstantin Batygin, assistant professor of planetary science and Van Nuys Page Scholar at Caltech, has been named one of the 2017 Packard Fellows in Science and Engineering. The fellowship, awarded by the David and Lucile Packard […]

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New Provost Starts This Week

By photosearth / October 3, 2017

David Tirrell assumes his new role on campus Caltech provost David Tirrell Credit: Alex H. Parker On October 1, 2017 chemistry professor and Beckman Institute director David Tirrell officially steps into his new position as Caltech’s 10th provost. A Caltech faculty member since 1998, Tirrell, the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical […]

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Caltech’s New Provost Starts This Week

By photosearth / October 2, 2017

David Tirrell assumes his new role on campus Caltech provost David Tirrell Credit: Alex H. Parker On October 1, 2017 chemistry professor and Beckman Institute director David Tirrell officially steps into his new position as Caltech’s 10th provost. A Caltech faculty member since 1998, Tirrell, the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical […]

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Scenes from Frosh Camp

By photosearth / September 29, 2017

Each year, Paul Asimow introduces students to geology on the Frosh Camp Hike News Writer:  Lori Dajose Paul Asimow, the Eleanor and John R. McMillan Professor of Geology and Geochemistry, talks to students from atop a stump during the Frosh Camp geology hike. Credit: Caltech This year, Caltech’s freshman orientation took place on September 18 […]

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Cassini’s Final Plunge

By photosearth / September 16, 2017

Crowds at JPL and Caltech watch as the Cassini spacecraft ends its 20-year mission with a dive into Saturn News Writer:  Robert Perkins With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute It ended with a bang and with a whisper. […]

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The Massively Big Picture

By photosearth / September 1, 2017

Mark Simons is part of a movement to add precise and panoramic perspectives to previously limited geographic observations. Mark Simons 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 efforts around the globe that will shape how nations predict […]

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How Friction Evolves During an Earthquake

By photosearth / August 16, 2017

By simulating quakes in a lab, engineers study the way that friction changes along a fault during a seismic event News Writer:  Robert Perkins The “seismological wind tunnel” at Caltech. The white square block in the center is a plastic known as homalite that acts as an analogue for rock. It contains a miniature fault […]

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