Research News

11/20/2014 11:01:20
Kimm Fesenmaier
A team of researchers has discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet. The geologists say that the ancient canyon—thousands of feet deep in places—effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so fast.
04/16/2014 08:41:15
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech resaearchers have found that the unusual shape of pavement cells, found on the leaves of flowering plants, represents a state of balance—an individual cell's tug-of-war to maintain structural integrity.
04/10/2014 11:49:39
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers uncover a mechanism for how fruit flies regulate their flight speed, using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae.
A tracing of flight trajectories of fruit flies.
04/10/2014 11:49:23
Kimm Fesenmaier
A technique developed by Caltech researchers shows sulfur reducers were at work on the early Earth.
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
Results from a Caltech study support the idea that waveguides coupled with another quantum particle—the surface plasmon—could become an important piece of the quantum computing puzzle.
04/01/2014 16:31:34
Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech chemical engineer Mikhail Shapiro has shown hidden potential of gas vesicles.
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, Caltech's Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology.
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 light-bending silicon chip.
An image of Hajimiri's light-bending silicon chip.
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