Ceramics Don't Have To Be Brittle
Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her students have developed a method for constructing new structural materials by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids can have at the nanometer scale, where features are measured in billionths of meters. They used this method to produce a ceramic (e.g., a piece of chalk or a brick) that contains about 99.9 percent air yet is incredibly strong, and that can recover its original shape after being smashed by more than 50 percent.
Measuring Earthquake Shaking
This summer, Caltech junior Kevin Li has been working with computational scientists and seismologists to refine the Community Seismic Network (CSN) by developing a machine-learning system that can accurately estimate the magnitude of an earthquake within seconds of its detection.
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January 27, 2015
If You're an Engineer, You'll Know How to Solve a Problem
Frances Arnold issues a call to action for women to follow her path and join the engineering field, bringing a new perspective and approach to solving some of the world's greatest problems in energy, the environment, and healthcare.
January 21, 2015
Emotions Count: The brain chemistry behind investing
Behavioral economist Colin Camerer's research into the brain activity of stock traders in the lab and his lab's discovery of how an individuals' ability to control their own emotions as well as read other's emotions and actions impacts trading decisions is discussed as being key to successful investing.
January 19, 2015
Big Questions Somewhat Answered
Caltech's physics professors Sean Carroll, Jamie Bock, and former postdoctoral fellow Jeff Fillipini take part in an hour-long discussion about their research and how they are working to better understand everything from what happened after the big bang to what is dark matter.
January 18, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Caltech visit in 1958 proved to be inspirational
Caltech alumni recall Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Caltech as part of the Caltech Y's Leaders of America program. One alum continued to correspond with Dr. King, influencing his decision to become a medical doctor.
January 07, 2015
In a Far-Off Galaxy, 2 Black Holes Dance Toward an Explosive Union
Scientists at Caltech's center for Data-Driven Discovery (CD3) discuss research suggesting that a pair of supermassive black holes in a distant galaxy are spiraling together and could collide within a million years. The energy released by the impact could wreck the galaxy it is in, says astronomy professor George Djorgovski.
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