Solar panels convert visible light from the sun into electricity—but the sun's infrared light passes right through the panel's silicon material. Using a new all-metal structure, Caltech researchers have come up with a method that may be able to harness that lost energy.
Today's Earth Week feature highlights three cross-disciplinary research centers where Caltech scientists and engineers collaborate on projects that will have a positive impact on energy, the environment, and Earth's sustainable future.
As the final element of Evolution, Caltech's new Bi/Ge 105 course, a dozen students spent their spring break snorkeling with penguins and sharks, hiking a volcano, and otherwise taking in the natural laboratory for evolution that is the Galápagos Islands.
Caltech joins the world in celebrating Earth Week, April 21–25, 2014, with events, news, and features highlighting our past, present, and future contributions to a healthier, cleaner, and greener planet.
If you ask Andy Ingersoll how Caltech has contributed to our understanding of the universe, he'll tell you, "Caltech invented planetary science!" Since the field's origins 50 years ago, Caltech has become one of the top planetary-science research centers.