02/11/2016 07:32:10
Douglas Smith
Built to look for gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space itself that were predicted by Einstein in 1915, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is the most ambitious project ever funded by the National Science Foundation. We talk to two Caltech researchers to learn about how LIGO came to be.
10/15/2015 09:55:35
The world's only robotic adaptive optics system, Robo-AO, is moving to a new home: the 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
10/12/2015 13:42:34
Douglas Smith
Rosetta, named for the inscribed stone that allowed 19th-century historians to unlock the secrets of ancient Egypt, is unlocking the secrets of a far more ancient comet.
Composite Rosetta image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
10/08/2015 11:13:29
Rod Pyle
New evidence indicates that Gale Crater on Mars was filled with water-borne sediment, and excavated, in a shorter time than previously thought, leaving the base of Mount Sharp behind.
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.
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