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Orphan Elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

News Writer:  Lori Dajose Victoria Orphan Professor of Geobiology Victoria Orphan has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected through a highly selective peer-review process to recognize scientific achievement and “original contributions that have advanced microbiology.” “It’s a great honor to receive this award, and there’s also a nostalgic component,” Orphan […]

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Kanamori Receives Sacred Treasure from Japanese Government

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

News Writer:  Lori Dajose Hiroo Kanamori, Caltech’s John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, has been awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure Gold and Silver Star by the government of Japan for his “contribution to education and research.” The Order of the Sacred Treasure was introduced by the Japanese government in […]

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Remembering Don L. Anderson

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

1933–2014 News Writer:  Katie Neith Professor of Geophysics and Director of the Caltech Seismological Laboratory Don Anderson studies Earth's deep interior (1988 photo). Credit: Caltech Archives Don L. Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillan Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, passed away on December 2, 2014. He was 81 years old. Anderson’s work helped advance our […]

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Remembering Fredric Raichlen

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

1932 – 2014 News Writer:  Douglas Smith Fred Raichlen, professor of civil and mechanical engineering at Caltech, in an undated photo. Credit: Caltech Archives Fredric (“Fred”) Raichlen, professor emeritus of civil and mechanical engineering in Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away on December 13, 2014. He was 82 years old. Raichlen was […]

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New Research Suggests Solar System May Have Once Harbored Super-Earths

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

Caltech and UC Santa Cruz Researchers Say Earth Belongs to a Second Generation of Planets News Writer:  Kimm Fesenmaier This snapshot from a new simulation depicts a time early in the solar system's history when Jupiter likely made a grand inward migration (here, Jupiter's orbit is the thick white circle). As it moved inward, Jupiter […]

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An Earthquake Warning System in Our Pockets?

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

Researchers Test Smartphones for Advance-Notice System News Writer:  Kimm Fesenmaier Credit: iStock While you are checking your email, scrolling through social-media feeds, or just going about your daily life with your trusty smartphone in your pocket, the sensors in that little computer could also be contributing to an earthquake early warning system. So says a […]

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Chemists Create “Comb” that Detects Terahertz Waves with Extreme Precision

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

News Writer:  Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech chemists have developed a precise ruler of terahertz light that will aid in the study of organic molecules in space, and the soft interactions between molecules in water. Due to its resemblance to a hair comb, the ruler is called a terahertz frequency comb, Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech and NASA/ESA/ and […]

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Caltech’s Linde Center Helps Navigate the Southern Ocean

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

Credit: Hannah Joy-Warren, Stanford graduate student, taken during the Phantastic II cruise to the west Antarctic Peninsula (October/November 2014). At Caltech’s Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, researchers from diverse disciplines work together to investigate Earth’s climate and its atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere; their evolution; and how they may change in the […]

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Tracking Photosynthesis from Space

By photosearth / May 25, 2015

News Writer:  Jessica Stoller-Conrad Artistic representation of an OCO-2 orbit track, covering vegetated areas and measuring Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF). OCO-2 will enable measurements within a narrow swath with sufficient accuracy for 5km x 5km spatial scales—an unprecedented resolution for SIF measurements from space. The measurement technique itself is also robust against occurrences of atmospheric […]

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