Caltech in the Media

October 09, 2014

United Press International

Caltech astrophysicist Fiona Harrison received significant coverage for astronomers' discovery of a rare pulsar using NASA's NuSTAR space telescope.

October 09, 2014

Times Higher Education

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are generally classes that are taught online only, but Caltech electrical engineering professor Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa recently taught his machine-learning course simultaneously to MOOC participants and Caltech undergraduates in a classroom on campus. The results of this unique experiment in higher education learning are covered in this report.

October 08, 2014

TIME

Caltech's Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator for NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, is quoted about a recent discovery of a "Mighty Mouse" pulsar, a stellar remnant that has the energy of 10 million suns.

 

October 07, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Caltech's Ed Stone shares his excitement over the beginning of construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's big island.

October 06, 2014

Los Angeles Daily News

On the eve of a ceremony to dedicate the site of the Thirty Meter Telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, physics professor B. Thomas Soifer, the Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, shared his thoughts on the scientific significance of the project in a newspaper op-ed.

October 04, 2014

Live Science

In this online story about his research on sea monkeys and ocean currents, Caltech's John Dabiri said, "This research suggests a remarkable and previously unobserved two-way coupling between the biology and the physics of the ocean."

 

October 01, 2014

Fox News

The heavily trafficked Fox News website offers readers a Live Science report on John Dabiri's sea monkeys research.

October 01, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Caltech's John Dabiri describes how he was able to measure the collective motion and impact of tiny organisms, such as sea monkeys, in the ocean by setting up an experiment that used a blue-colored laser to coax sea monkeys to ascend a column of water in a tank in his lab.

September 30, 2014

WIRED

Caltech's John Dabiri is quoted in a story about his research into the role of zooplankton in mixing seawater and influencing ocean currents.

 

September 30, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Caltech neuroscience research efforts are highlighted in article about an infusion of $46 million in funding for the Obama administration's BRAIN Initiative.

September 30, 2014

Nature World News

Looking into research in the lab of Caltech's John Dabiri, Nature World News discusses the role tiny ocean organisms play in creating currents and mixing seawater.

September 30, 2014

Science

In the lab of Caltech's John Dabiri, researchers studied the role played by sea monkeys in stirring and redistributing salt, heat, and nutrients in the upper layers of the ocean.

 

September 30, 2014

Washington Post

Caltech professor John Dabiri spoke with Washington Post science blogger Rachel Feltman about his recent research on the effect brine shrimp have on ocean currents.

September 30, 2014

National Geographic

Caltech professor John Dabiri spoke with National Geographic online about his research on sea monkeys, ocean currents, and seawater mixing.

September 30, 2014

Huffington Post

Research in the lab of Caltech's Antonio Rangel on self-control and dietary choices is covered by the Huffington Post.

 

September 30, 2014

(e) Science News

In a report on Caltech's research into the impact microscopic organisms have on ocean currents, the digital science news outlet—Science News—says the tiny creatures could contribute as much as a trillion watts of power to the ocean.

September 29, 2014

Al Jazeera America

TechKnow came to Caltech to produce segments about research that is underway in a variety of areas, including how jellyfish are the models for new underwater propulsion systems, how an experiment in space could lead to new medical therapies, how trees contribute to smog, and why Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

September 26, 2014

KPCC

Caltech seismological engineer Tom Heaton spoke with KPCC AirTalk host Larry Mangle about a cluster of small earthquakes that occurred in California's Mammoth Lakes region in late September.

 

September 26, 2014

ABC News / Los Angeles

Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton tells ABC-7 viewers how they can prepare for the next big earthquake in Southern California.

September 24, 2014

Hemmings

In 1968, an engineering student at Caltech challenged MIT students to build an electric car and drive it to Caltech before Caltech students could drive their car to MIT. A healthy competition ensued, a race began, and as a byproduct, we now have the technology to make modern cars that are cleaner.

September 23, 2014

BioOptics World

Caltech researchers Frances Arnold and Viviana Gradiaru are featured for their work to develop an optogenetic-based tool that provides a new way of mapping neural networks in living organisms.

 

September 22, 2014

Med Device Online

Caltech's Frances Arnold and Viviana Gradinaru developed a novel method for studying and mapping brain function in live organisms. The research, which uses tools and techniques from the field of optogenetics, is detailed in this online article.

September 16, 2014

Business Insider

Caltech is recognized as being among the top universities in the world in the 2014 QS World Universities ranking. According to the article, QS assessed more than 3,000 schools on factors such as academic reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, and international student ratio.

September 16, 2014

Scientific American

Caltech biologist Viviana Gradinaru's lab's recent research advancement, developing a technique to make the tissues of an organism transparent, is highlighted for its potential to spur future scientific discoveries.

 

September 12, 2014

The Weather Channel

Caltech professor and Mars Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger shares his enthusiasm as the rover begins its ascent of Mount Sharp, a pivotal event in its mission of scientific discovery on the red planet. Grotzinger says: "We have finally arrived at the far frontier that we have sought for so long."

September 11, 2014

New Scientist

Reporter Rachel Ehrenberg delves into the tiny world of nanostructures to report on Caltech materials science expert Julia Greer's creation of ceramic nanolattice structures that bounce back when compressed.

September 11, 2014

MIT Technology Review

The creation of crush-resistant ceramic nanostructures in the lab of Caltech materials science expert Julia Greer is featured in MIT's Technology Review magazine.

 

September 10, 2014

Space.com

Author, documentary filmmaker, and frequent Space.com contributor Rod Pyle has written a book about NASA's Curiosity mission on Mars, and portions of the book are excerpted at Space.com. Featured prominently in Pyle's book is Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger, a Caltech geologist and current chair of the Institute's Division of Geology and Planetary Sciences.

September 10, 2014

Huffington Post

Huffington Post science writer David Freeman covers Caltech geophysicist Don Anderson's research on volcanoes, indicating that previous theories about magma traveling to the surface through "mantle plumes" are wrong. Instead, Anderson says, "Volcanoes are the result of normal broad-scale convection and plate tectonics."

September 08, 2014

Science Friday

"Science Friday" radio show features Caltech biologist Sarkis Mazmanian in a wide-ranging discussion on the nature of the microbiome—the colonies of trillions of bacteria that inhabit the human intestinal tract and other parts of our bodies.

 

September 08, 2014

Science Daily

The Science Daily website reprints an article on new research that changes what we know about how volcanoes form. The article refers to a research paper prepared by Caltech professor of geophysics Don Anderson and his colleagues from the University of Miami in Florida.

September 08, 2014

Los Angeles Daily News

California congressional leaders Dianne Feinstein and Adam Schiff author an opinion piece that calls for funding to build the earthquake early-warning system for California and other western states.

September 06, 2014

Public Radio International

During his recent swing through Southern California, "Science Friday" host Ira Flatow interviewed Caltech astrophysicist Fiona Harrison on the NuSTAR space-based radio telescope mission, which enables scientists to study black holes and other features of the universe that are invisible to optical telescopes.

 

September 03, 2014

CBS News / Los Angeles

KCBS 2 Los Angeles airs a story on a unique collaboration between scientists at Caltech and UCLA to develop cancer therapies that rely on the body's natural immune defenses. James Heath, Caltech's Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, discusses his lab's work.

August 29, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times science and medicine editor Karen Kaplan reports on the "Science Friday" program recorded live at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Caltech physicist Sean Carroll joined host Ira Flatow in a conversation about science in cinema.

August 27, 2014

Denver Post

This story in the Denver Post is on how an earthquake early-warning system worked in the Napa quake and what could be done if the system was fully operational. The story quotes Senator Dianne Feinstein and Caltech researcher Thomas Heaton about the importance of such a system.

 

August 26, 2014

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee reports on how the Napa quake has stirred legislators to push for funding the earthquake early-warning system jointly developed by Caltech, USGS, UC Berkeley, the University of Washington, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

August 26, 2014

CNN

In this CNN article, Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton describes the devastation a large-magnitude quake along the San Andreas fault might cause.

August 26, 2014

TIME

TIME discusses the advantages of the earthquake early-warning system being developed by Caltech, the USGS, and other institutions.

 

August 26, 2014

Scientific American

Scientific American looks into the challenges faced by seismologists and engineers at Caltech, the USGS, UC Berkeley, University of Washington and others as they try to implement an earthquake early-warning system for the western continental United States. A trial version of the system worked as designed in the recent 6.0-magnitude quake in California's Napa Valley.

August 25, 2014

New York Times

Citing a report prepared by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) at Caltech, the New York Times explores the feasibility of using stratospheric airships (extremely high-altitude blimps) for astronomy and earth studies applications.

August 25, 2014

CBS News / Los Angeles

CBS 2 News Los Angeles looks into the vulnerability of older Los Angeles buildings to earthquake damage following the recent Napa Valley quake. The video news story and web article feature warnings from Caltech seismological engineer Tom Heaton.

 

August 14, 2014

Science Daily

Paul Rothemund, a research associate at Caltech and inventor of the DNA origami method, joins colleagues at Aarhus University to report their discovery of a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Using just a single strand of RNA, many complicated shapes can be fabricated by this technique. The report was published in Science.

August 14, 2014

Science News

Science News reports on Caltech researcher Viviana Gradinaru's new technique "that produces a strange sight and a better view on the body," and the high hopes for the new observations that are now possible in medical research and treatment.

August 14, 2014

Scientific American

Research from the lab of Caltech biologist Sarkis Mazmanian is referenced in an article about the role of gut bacteria in autism. The article quotes Mazmanian as saying, "Many more years of work will be needed before we are confident that gut bacteria impact autism and whether probiotics are a viable treatment."

 

August 13, 2014

CNN

CNN reports on NuSTAR's observation of a corona lighting up the material around a supermassive black hole. Caltech researcher Fiona Harrison says this allows them to study the most extreme light-bending effects of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.

August 11, 2014

CBS News / Los Angeles

Science producer Gerri Shaftel Constant interviews researcher Viviana Gradinaru on the successful technique she developed for making animal organs transparent and the far-reaching impact the technique may have for medical implications.

August 11, 2014

New York Times

Science writer James Gorman, in both print and video, describes the work of Caltech nueroscientist David Anderson on his discovery of neurons that, when activated, can switch off a mouse's appetite.

 

August 10, 2014

NPR

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events of the super moon and Perseid meteor shower.

August 07, 2014

PBS News Hour/Science Nation

Engineers are experimenting with new ways of harnessing heat from sunlight to drive chemical reactions and create renewable fuels. PBS's Miles O'Brian interviews Caltech chemical engineer Sossina Haile and others.

August 07, 2014

Wired

Wired asks Carver Mead, a professor emeritus of engineering and applied science at Caltech, who is often considered the grandfather of "neuromorphic" hardware, to comment on IBM's new brain-like: "This is a really neat experiment in architecture. It's a fine first step."

 

August 06, 2014

PBS News Hour/Science Nation

Cat Wise of PBS News Hour interviews Caltech and USGS seismologists on the California early earthquake warning system in development.

August 06, 2014

Science Daily

Science Daily features the announcement that a joint team of researchers from JPL and Caltech has quantified how changes in aerosol levels affect warm clouds over the ocean. The findings appeared Aug. 3 in the advance online version of the journal Nature Geoscience.

August 04, 2014

World Net Daily

Caltech, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, New York University School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and UC Berkeley are collaborating on a project aimed at making neuroscience databases more accessible to researchers.

 

August 04, 2014

New York Times

Science writer Dennis Overbye quotes Caltech's Mike Brown on the International Astronomical Union's plan to liven up the naming thousands of exoplanets by including citizens in the process.

August 01, 2014

Discover

Discover describes the work of Caltech researcher Viviana Gradinaru (published in the journal Cell) that demonstrates how to turn organs, and even bodies, into see-through "windows to the body" while keeping cellular structures and connections intact.

August 01, 2014

Boston Globe

The Boston Globe is among dozens of publications around the world that published the Associated Press story on Viviana Gradinaru's research at Caltech, a technique for making biological tissues transparent.

 

July/August

Discover Magazine

Tim Folger chats with Caltech geophysicist David Stevenson about the earth's core and its many mysteries.

July 31, 2014

Washington Post

Reporter Rachel Feltman describes Caltech researchers' success in making an entire organism transparent, an important new technique that may one day be applied to cancer research.

July 31, 2014

CBS News

CBS News covered the work of Caltech researcher Viviana Gradinaru, both online and in a national broadcast.

 

July 28, 2014

Associated Press

AP reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher announces the ruling of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources that paves the way for construction to begin on the Thirty Meter Telescope, originally envisioned by a Caltech scientist and now a joint operation of Caltech, the University of California, and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, as well as other academic institutions in China, India and Japan.

July 28, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Melissa Healy reports on the Nature Neuroscience article on the work of David Anderson's lab at Caltech, that identified neurons which process satiety signals.

July 23, 2014

Los Angeles Times

In a page 1 story, LA Times reporter Richard Verrier features former Caltech physics professor Ron Henderson and his work at DreamWorks Animation to demonstrate how science is leading the latest special effects and animation for motion pictures.

 

July 22, 2014

New York Times

Dennis Overbye writes about giant telescopes planned by many academic, government and private entities, including TMT, the Thirty Meter Telescope, a joint effort by Caltech, UC and Canadian universities.

July 22, 2014

Science Daily

Report on research from National Institue of Standards and Technology and Caltech on a novel design for a small atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb or a microcomb.

July 19, 2014

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reprints a story from the Los Angeles Times on the popularity of microgrids, citing as an example that Caltech generates more than 80 percent of its electricity from on-site sources such as solar, steam and natural gas.

 

July 18, 2014

Huffington Post

Ken Croswell of Science magazine quotes Caltech Planetary Scientist Dave Stevenson on an achievement by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to crush diamonds with the world's largest laser.

July 18, 2014

WIRED

Rod Pyle, author of multiple best-selling books on space exploration and innovation, reviews what 45 years of space exploration can tell us about commitment for future initiatives and quotes Dr. Louis Friedman, co-lead of the Asteroid Retrieval Study from Caltech's Keck Institute for Space Studies.

July 18, 2014

Science Daily

Reporting on research done at Aalborg University, MIT, and Caltech, demonstrating that mathematical equations can make internet communications 5 to 10 times faster.

 

July 18, 2014

Photonics

Photonics reprints story from Science about the Caltech research development to use laser optical technique in place of quartz crystals for future electronic devices.

July 17, 2014

Business Insider

Libby Kane, the personal finance editor at Business Insider, writes about a number of studies, including a 2007 study by Hilke Plassmann and John O'Doherty of Caltech that demonstrated that price, quality, and enjoyment of wine are not necessarily related.

July 17, 2014

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle reprints the Business Insider story "Consider This Proof That Expensive Wine Isn't Always Better," featuring the work of Caltech researchers among others.

 

July 17, 2014

MarketWatch

Wall St. Journal's MarketWatch reviews the latest research from neuroeconomist Colin Camerer confirming that some investors, like Warren Buffet, have indicators in their brains to encourage early selling during a stock price bubble.

July 16, 2014

CBS News / Los Angeles

CBS News in Los Angeles reports on the US House Appropriations Committee approval of $5 million for Earthquake Early Warning System, developed by Caltech and other west coast universities. Hall Daily, Government Relations for Caltech discusses the implications.

July 15, 2014

Albuquerque Express

Albuquerque Express reprints the CBS story on Earthquake Early Warning system funding.

 

July 15, 2014

CBS News / San Francisco

CBS News in San Francisco picks up the CBS Los Angeles report on Earthquake Early WARNING system funding, quoting Hall Daily, Director of Government Relations at Caltech.

July 15, 2014

KPCC

Radio host Larry Mantle of NPR station, KPCC "Airtalk" interviews Professor of Planetary Astronomy Mike Brown and Senior Research Associate in Physics Sean Carroll, to discuss what the data from NASA's probe New Horizons might tell us about Pluto in 2015.

July 14, 2014

Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News reprints Julia Rosen's article originally published in the LA Times: This is Your Brian on Stock Trading

 

July 14, 2014

Marketplace

Marketplace's Sarah Gardner looks back in time when the pioneering Caltech chemist Arie Haagen-Smit connected the dots between cars and smog in Los Angeles, empowering women around the nation to join environmental protests.

July 12, 2014

New Yorker

Maria Konnikova, contributor to newyorker.com, focuses on psychology and science, and writes here about the many factors that affect us in wine tasting. She quotes a series of studies including a recent Caltech study that found that people's expectations of a wine's price affected their enjoyment on a neural level.

July 10, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times science writer Julia Rosen, writes about Neuroeconomist Colin Camerer's work on brain signals during stock trading showing high earners have a signal of high anxiety in a stock price bubble.

 

July 08, 2014

Washington Post

The Morning Mix blog by Gail Sullivan at the Washington Post features the work of Alec Smith and Colin Camerer at Caltech: how brain science explains market bubbles and irrational exuberance.

July 07, 2014

CNBC

Meg Tirrell of CNBC, who frequently covers biotechnology, explains how Caltech and VA Tech scientists tracked the brains of traders buying and selling stocks and noted a biomarker for irrational exuberance.

July 07, 2014

CNBC Fast Money

The CNBC Fast Money team listens to Meg Tirrell explaining the science at Caltech and VA Tech that tracked brain activity of a number of traders, and has a bit of fun about it with trader Pete Najarian.

 

July 07, 2014

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Journal-Constitution's online presence, AJC.com reprints the Forbes story on Caltech research on the brain science and market bubbles.

July 07, 2014

Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance reprints the Business Insider report on Caltech and Va Tech research into the brains of stock traders.

July 07, 2014

Forbes

Naomi Shavin writing about Leadership for Forbes, reports on the findings of neuroeconomists at Caltech and Virginia Tech on their discovery of a signal of anxiety in the brains of high-earning traders.

 

July 07, 2014

Business Insider

Business Insider reporter Rob Wile reports "They Discovered Something in the Brains of Great Investors That Makes Them So Much Better" regarding the work of researchers Colin Camerer and Alec Scott at Caltech.

July 04, 2014

Time

P. Nash Jenkins reports on recent findings in a series of eureka moments: An astronomer at the California Institute of Technology has discovered that some stars—maybe as many as 1 in 10,000—are made entirely of metal.

June 30, 2014

Science Daily

Science Daily highlights work by investigators at Cedars-Sinai and the California Institute of Technology finding that some of the brain cells that specialize in recognizing emotions may represent judgments based on the viewer's preconceptions rather than the true emotion being expressed.

 

June 30, 2014

Los Angeles Times

LA Times science reporter Monte Morin interviews OCO-2 science team member and Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Caltech Paul Wennberg about the data scientists hope to analyze from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory after its successful second launch.

June 28, 2014

Los Angeles Daily News

Adam Poulisse, of the Los Angeles Daily News Group reports on the upcoming launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the science behind it, quoting Caltech researcher Paul Wennberg.

June 27, 2014

Science Magazine

Science Magazine features the work of Caltech researchers Ahmed Zewail and Ulrich Lorenz who were able to view molten lead at the nanoscale level, offering insights into viscous friction as well as heat transfer dynamics in a channel 1000th as wide as a strand of hair.

 

June 27, 2014

Red Orbit

The popular science aggregator, Red Orbit, features the Geothermometer story.

June 26, 2014

GOOD Magazine

Good Magazine features the solar powered toilet designed by a team of engineers at Caltech, in a story about top global solutions for millions of people with no access to plumbing.

June 26, 2014

(e) Science News

(e) Science publishes an account of the geothermometer in Physics & Chemistry, noting the paper published in the July issue of Science.

 

June 26, 2014

Science Daily

Science Daily features the work of Caltech geochemist John M. Eiler and former Caltech graduate student Daniel A. Stolper (PhD '14) and the development of a new technique that can, for the first time, determine the temperature at which a natural methane sample formed.

June 25, 2014

Business Insider

Dina Spector, a senior reporter for Business Insider, conducts a Q and A with Caltech professor and chief scientist of the Curiousity Rover, discussing its very successful mission.

June 25, 2014

Red Orbit

The online science aggregator Red Orbit describes the ability to grow a single microbe from the human gut in the lab, recreating the complexity of the microbiome—the entire human microbial community—in one small plate.

 

June 25, 2014

Scientific American

Reporter Lauren Morello writes for Scientific American and Nature Magazine on OCO-2. Caltech researcher Paul Wennberg hopes the satellite will be able to confirm ground-based measurements of increases in CO2 levels.

June 25, 2014

Wall St. Business Network

Wall St. Business reprints a report from Defense & Aerospace Week regarding Caltech investigators' findings on propulsion and power.

June 24, 2014

Research and Development Magazine

Research and Development Magazine reprints Jessica Stoller-Conrad's story on Caltech Researcher Rusteem Ismagilov's work to target and grow specific microbes from the human gut.

 

June 24, 2014

Science Daily

Science Daily features the research of Caltech Researcher Rusteem Ismagilov's work to target and grow specific microbes from the human gut, using the SlipChip, a microfluidic device previously developed in Ismagilov's lab.

June 18, 2014

Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor reprints the Live Science article by Jeanna Bryner on the naming of Bridgmanite.

June 18, 2014

Huffington Post

Huffington Post Science reprints Jeanna Byner's story in Live Science about characterizing and naming the earth's most abundant mineral.

 

June 18, 2014

National Geographic

Brian Clark Howard, of National Geographic interviews Caltech mineralogist Chi Ma and her associate Oliver Tschauner of University of Nevada-Las Vegas about their successful submission of the mineral structure and name for the most abundant mineral on earth, Bridgmanite.

June 18, 2014

NBC News

NBC News website reprints Live Science's article on Bridgmanite.

June 17, 2014

Scientific American

Jessica Wright of Scientific American writes about the pioneering work of Caltech chemical engineer Mark Davis to use nanotechnology to create nanoparticles that deliver cancer drugs directly to cancer cells.