Innovation News

10/20/2014 08:12:17
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech have developed a system that could make some airplanes more fuel-efficient by allowing them to safely fly with smaller, lighter tails.
06/27/2014 18:15:22
Cynthia Eller
In 1975, Kip Thorne (BS '62, and the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus) and then-Caltech postdoctoral fellow Anna Żytkow sought the answer to an intriguing question: Would it be possible to have a star that had a neutron star as its core—that is, a hot, dense star composed entirely of neutrons within another more traditional star? Nearly 40 years later, astronomers believe they may have found such an object: a star labeled HV 2112 and located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that is a near neighbor of the Milky Way and visible to the naked eye. We recently sat down with Thorne to ask how it feels to have astronomers discover something whose existence he postulated decades before.
06/26/2014 16:11:48
Kimm Fesenmaier
Researchers at Caltech have applied a new imaging technique called four-dimensional (4D) electron microscopy to studying nanofluid dynamics. In a paper appearing in the June 27 issue of Science, Ahmed Zewail, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics, and Ulrich Lorenz, a postdoctoral scholar in chemistry, describe how they visualized and monitored the flow of molten lead within a single zinc oxide nanotube in real time and space.
06/25/2014 11:04:57
Kimm Fesenmaier
A team of scientists led by Caltech geochemist John M. Eiler has developed a new technique that can, for the first time, determine the temperature at which a natural methane sample formed.
06/23/2014 11:59:55
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
A new technique developed at Caltech helps grow individual species of the unknown microbes that live in the human body.
Photograph of a glass SlipChip for growing microbes, shown next to a US quarter (left). Fluorescent in situ hybridization image of the target organism (right, top). Transmission electron microscopy image of a single cell of the target organism (right, bot
06/17/2014 15:16:46
Katie Neith
"The most abundant mineral of the earth now has an official name," says Chi Ma, a mineralogist and director of the Geological and Planetary Sciences division's Analytical Facility at Caltech.
06/05/2014 02:00:48
Cynthia Eller
If you're trying to outwit the competition, it might be better to have been born a chimpanzee, according to a study by researchers at Caltech, which found that chimps at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute consistently outperform humans in simple contests drawn from game theory.
05/29/2014 11:00:14
Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have devised a way to protect technologically important semiconductors from corrosion even as the materials continue to absorb light efficiently.
05/23/2014 15:33:34
Kimm Fesenmaier
This image shows the latest example of what Julia Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics, calls a fractal nanotruss. Greer's group has developed a three-step process for building such complex structures very precisely.
05/21/2014 10:02:35
Cynthia Eller
The problem with observing supernovae is knowing just when and where one is occurring and being able to point a world-class telescope at it in the hours immediately afterward.
05/15/2014 11:01:51
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech find a way to sidestep the quantum "noise" that limits the precision of ultrasensitive position measurements.
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