Research News

09/18/2014 09:24:46
Kimm Fesenmaier
Researchers around the country are adopting a technique developed in the Caltech lab of Nobel Laureate David Baltimore to try to guard against infection. The method, called VIP, was originally designed to trigger an immune response to HIV, and because of its success with HIV is now being studied, in mice, for protection against influenza, malaria, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis.
04/10/2014 11:49:23
Kimm Fesenmaier

A lot can happen to a rock over the course of two and a half billion years. It can get buried and heated; fluids remove some of its minerals and precipitate others; its chemistry changes.

04/03/2014 11:00:06
Kimm Fesenmaier
Using gravity measurements collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have confirmed that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large subsurface ocean near its south pole, fueling plumes first seen in 2005.
04/03/2014 09:35:47
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

For years, researchers have been interested in developing quantum computers—the theoretical next generation of technology that will outperform conventional computers.

04/01/2014 16:31:34
Kimm Fesenmaier

One day while casually reading a review article, Caltech chemical engineer Mikhail Shapiro came across a mention of gas vesicles—tiny gas-filled structures used by some photosynthetic microorganism

03/17/2014 07:49:46
Cynthia Eller
Astronomers announced today that they have acquired the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times in less than the blink of an eye.
03/13/2014 09:01:14
Kimm Fesenmaier
"The thing that makes this study really interesting is that we did our calculations before we ever did any experiments," says Rob Phillips, the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology at Caltech.
03/12/2014 09:01:47
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
In the recent study the researchers found that beneficial gut bacteria were necessary for the development of innate immune cells—specialized types of white blood cells that serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens.
An artist’s representation of gut microbes promoting hematopoiesis.
03/10/2014 10:40:46
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Imagine that you pull out your cell phone to show a presentation or a video on YouTube. But you don't use the tiny screen; your phone projects a bright, clear image onto a wall or a big screen. Such a technology may be on its way, thanks to a new light-bending silicon chip.
An image of Hajimiri's light-bending silicon chip.
02/21/2014 18:26:11
Cynthia Eller
Erik Winfree, professor of computer science, computation and neutral systems, and bioengineering, explains, "I tend to think of cells as really small robots. Biology has programmed natural cells, but now engineers are starting to think about how we can program artificial cells."
02/24/2014 14:36:17
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech and several other institutions have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis.
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