Submitted by ksvitil on Mon, 2008-06-09 07:00
Contrary to what one might imagine, the way in which each of us interacts with the world is not a simple matter of seeing (or touching, or smelling) and then reacting. Even the best baseball hitter eyeing a fastball does not swing at what he sees. The neurons and neural connections that make up our sensory systems are far too slow for this to work. "Everything we sense is a little bit in the past," says Richard A. Andersen of the California Institute of Technology, who has now uncovered the trick the brain uses to get around this puzzling problem.
Submitted by ksvitil on Wed, 2008-05-28 07:00
A naturally occurring molecule made by symbiotic gut bacteria may offer a new type of treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, according to scientists at the California Institute of Technology.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2008-05-15 07:00
Have you ever noticed that signposts and trees on the side of the road seem to whoosh by faster right as you drive past them, or that a door frame seems to curve outward as you approach it? These are just two examples of real-life movements that underlie more than 50 types of illusions, now systematically organized and explained by scientists at the California Institute of Technology.
Submitted by ksvitil on Thu, 2008-05-15 07:00
Studies of the brains of blind persons whose sight was partially restored later in life have produced a compelling example of the brain's ability to adapt to new circumstances and rewire and reconfigure itself.
Submitted by ksvitil on Mon, 2008-05-05 07:00
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have produced the first complete description of the complex network of genes that create a particular type of cell in an organism.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2008-04-30 07:00
Caltech professors Michael Dickinson and Thomas Palfrey are among the 190 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. They join an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues.
Submitted by ksvitil on Mon, 2008-04-14 07:00
In the brain, as in sports, sex, and life, timing--and teamwork--are everything. Such is the message of a series of studies by researchers at the California Institute of Technology that offer insight into the processes by which memories are stored in the brain and that may someday guide the development of new therapies to prevent epileptic seizures.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2008-04-08 07:00
Giuseppe Attardi, whose work linked degenerative diseases and aging to genetic mutations, died at his home in Altadena on Saturday, April 5. He was 84 years old.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2008-04-01 07:00
Seeing a burgeoning new research field at the interface of biology and engineering, the Benjamin M. Rosen Family Foundation of New York has donated $18 million to the California Institute of Technology to establish the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center.
Submitted by ksvitil on Tue, 2008-03-25 07:00
Even flies like video games--and it's not just child's play, say scientists at the California Institute of Technology. With the help of a unique bug-sized flight simulator, Caltech researchers are deciphering the secrets of behavior and decision making in the fly brain, and, ultimately, in our own.