News About Our Universe

10/08/2015 11:13:29
Rod Pyle
A paper published in Science on October 9, 2015, will present new details about the paleoclimate of Mars and formations inside Gale Crater. New evidence indicates that the crater was filled with water-borne sediment, and excavated, in a shorter time than previously thought, leaving the base of Mount Sharp behind. Climate models of the ancient atmosphere of Mars will need to be adjusted.
10/07/2015 10:14:36
Douglas Smith
As the Advanced LIGO Project geared up last summer, 27 undergraduates from around the world became full partners in one of the biggest, most complex physics experiment ever. Their contributions ranged from creating hardware and software for current use to helping design next-generation detectors.
LIGO SURF students in the control room
10/05/2015 18:54:41
Lori Dajose
On October 3, the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech (GALCIT) will host an exhibition titled "Qian Xue-sen: A Man of Science and an Inspiration to Scholars."
09/25/2015 09:52:31
Kimm Fesenmaier
The GROWTH network aims to keep astronomers and telescopes unbeaten by sunrise as they study exotic events, such as supernovae. The effort, led by new-faculty member Mansi M. Kasliwal, just received funding under the NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education program.
09/21/2015 10:40:13
Douglas Smith
Caltech geochemist Clair Patterson (1922–1995) helped galvanize the environmental movement 50 years ago when he announced that highly toxic lead could be found essentially everywhere on Earth, including in our own bodies—and that very little of it was due to natural causes.
Clair Patterson and distillation apparatus.
09/07/2015 19:29:07
Kimm Fesenmaier
Ken Farley, the project scientist for NASA's next Mars rover, a mission called Mars 2020, and the W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geochemistry at Caltech, talks about how the Mars 2020 landing site selection process is shaping up.
09/01/2015 12:09:53
Lori Dajose
Yuk Yung, the Smits Family Professor of Planetary Science, has received the 2015 Gerard P. Kuiper Prize from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences.
08/05/2015 10:00:01
Kimm Fesenmaier
The finding of cold gas flowing into a galaxy-in-the-making provides strong support for the cold-flow model of galaxy formation in the early universe.
07/29/2015 10:01:00
Kimm Fesenmaier
Based on new observations, Caltech astronomers say brown dwarfs behave more like giant planets than small stars.
07/27/2015 10:24:19
Rod Pyle
Claudia Alexander, a longtime employee of JPL, died July 11 of cancer at the age of 56. In addition to her career on JPL's technical staff, Alexander advocated for STEM activities and for the empowerment of young women preparing for careers in science.
07/22/2015 15:43:34
If the power necessary to transmit and receive information from a wearable to a computer, cellular or Wi-Fi network were reduced, you could get a lot more mileage out of the technology you're wearing before having to recharge it.
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