Michael M. Watkins, the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced today.
Around 520 million years ago, there was a period of rapid species diversification that many scholars describe as a sort of evolutionary "big bang." New modeling results from Caltech suggest that during this time period, the continents moved towards the equator instead of toward the poles.
Sleep is still a mysterious process that is difficult to study in vertebrate animals. By conducting a genetic screen in zebrafish, biologist David Prober and his colleagues have identified a gene that seems to serve as nature's stimulant.
Caltech, JPL, and NIST researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective laser frequency comb, potentially simplifying measurements of the telltale "wobbles" from stars that reveal the presence and properties of planets around other stars.