Research News

08/20/2014 09:49:15
Katie Neith
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and Caltech have developed a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Inspired by techniques used for folding DNA origami—first invented by Paul Rothemund, a senior research associate in computation and neural systems in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech—the team, which includes Rothemund, has fabricated complicated shapes from DNA's close chemical cousin, RNA.
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.
04/28/2014 13:43:46
Katie Neith
Building on their prior work, a team of neuroscientists at Caltech now report that rare patients who are missing connections between the left and right sides of their brain show a strikingly high incidence of autism. The study is the first to show a link between the two disorders.
04/20/2014 06:30:10
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
An experiment just launched into orbit by Caltech researchers could be an important step toward understanding the protein that causes Huntington's disease—a devastating and untreatable hereditary disorder.
04/18/2014 10:47:54
Cynthia Eller
Apart from the inherent joy of pushing number theory forward through another generation, Dinakar Ramakrishnan points out that this field has interesting applications in both science and everyday life. "Quite often in science, you are counting..."
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