Spotlight Features

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.

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.

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.

Special Delivery
(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.

2016 Commencement
(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.

Ditch Day
(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.

Have Courage
(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.

Holographic Microscope
(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.

TeachWeek Caltech
(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.