"It all started for me at Caltech. Caltech had a wonderful community of people who were willing to not only put up with my addiction but to also nurture it. At Caltech, my impulses and my ideas became many things. They became an international organization, they became lifelong friendships, and they became my family."
Creating Targeted Cancer Drugs
A new method for detecting and inhibiting a mutation related to cancer targets the protein that exhibits the abnormality rather than the DNA that encodes it. The technique could be expanded to provide a general way of derailing other mutations only when they are actively expressed.
JPL News: California Snowpack 40 Percent of Worst Year
New NASA data find the snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada currently contains just 40 percent as much water as it did near this time at its highest level of 2014, one of the two driest years in California's recorded history.
A Molecular Arms Race: The Immune System Versus HIV
Finding an anti-AIDS vaccine remains an elusive goal—partly because the HIV virus quickly mutates to evade the vaccine's antibodies. In a Watson Lecture on April 1, Caltech's Pamela J. Bjorkman will describe ways to neutralize that mutational advantage.
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The Energy/Water Nexus
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It's not easy being green, or is it? How to reduce your carbon footprint in academia.
In The Media
April 15, 2015
NFL players file for bankruptcy just as often as Americans overall
Researchers in Colin Camerer's neuroscience lab collaborated in a study of the finances of retired professional football players and found that a surprising number of them fall into bankruptcy disputing the economic models based on the notion that people act rationally and that a person anticipating an income reduction in retirement will dutifully seek to save money.
April 15, 2015
The Origins of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved
Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Caltech planetary science researchers explain the origin and progress of massive storms on Saturn. The researchers say the storms, which produce lighting and powerful wind, are caused by the convection of water vapor in the ringed planet's atmosphere.
April 15, 2015
How Capitalism Created 'Cool'
Caltech neuroscience researcher Steven Quartz and neuromarketing expert Anette Asp wrote the book on cool. Indeed, their book Cool: How the Brain's Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World explores the inner workings of consumers' brains as they make decisions about which products to buy. Their research disputes myths and commonly held assumptions about consumerism.
April 13, 2015
What's shakin'? Smartphones could help detect earthquakes
Caltech collaborated with USGS, NASA, the University of Houston, and Carnegie Mellon University to study whether smartphones could be used as part of an earthquake early warning system. Equipped with GPS technology, smartphones can detect very large ground movements and send crowdsourced data to a central computer.
April 12, 2015
Unequal, Yet Happy
Caltech professor of neuroscience and philosophy Steven Quartz co-authored an opinion piece with political scientist Anette Asp looking at public attitudes about income inequality. Unlike the earlier Gilded Age when people reacted to inequality with a drive for progressive change, present-day people are taking it in stride. Quartz discusses the neuroscience of consumerism and how the pursuit of "the cool" has fundamentally altered the relationship of "happiness" and income inequity.
April 07, 2015
Caltech Wants To Turn Your Phone Into a 3D Scanner
The Caltech High-Speed Integrated Circuits lab, headed by Ali Hajimiri, has produced another innovation that may be coming to the smartphone in your pocket one day in the near future. The new chip is a "coherent imager" that can capture superfine 3D images of objects. The data can be fed into a 3D printer to generate an almost exact replica of the original.
April 06, 2015
Metamaterials With Unusual Mechanics
Researchers in Julia Greer's materials science lab have developed a technique for making ceramic structures that spring back into shape after being crushed. Greer's technique for making ceramics that are lightweight, strong, and resilient revolves around assembling materials at nano-scale in microscopic trusses and lattice formations.
April 05, 2015
Caltech wants to equip phones with built-in 3D scanners
Caltech microchip innovators have created a small and inexpensive camera chip with light detection and ranging sensors that have superfine resolution. The chips can be used as 3D scanners in smartphones and other devices and may even help self-driving cars avoid collisions.
April 03, 2015
Early Solar System Planets Destroyed by Jupiter Made Room for Earth, Mercury, Venus and Mars
Caltech planetary scientist Konstantin Batygin ran models on the rotation of planets around the sun, while also studying other star systems in our galaxy, and concluded that our early solar system included "super-Earths," planets between the size of Earth and Neptune. That is, until Jupiter wiped out these early inner-solar-system planets.
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