The length of the gaze affects human preferences, new study shows

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but a new psychophysical study from the California Institute of Technology suggests that the length of the beholding is important, too.

National Human Genome Research Institute awards $12 million, five-year grant to "WormBase"

The Caltech-led WormBase project, an ongoing multi-institutional effort to make genetic information on the experimental animal known as C. elegans freely available to the world, has been augmented with a new $12 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute. The money will be distributed over five years for ongoing work on the genome database, which since its inception in 2000 has become a major resource for biomedical researchers as well as biologists attempting to better understand individual genes and how they interrelate.

Why Fearful Animals Flee—or Freeze

Mapping and manipulating the neural circuits involved in such innate behaviors as fear.

Caltech biology professor to directresearch program on brain signaling

California Institute of Technology biologist Mary Kennedy has been named project director for a $4 million federal project grant to better understand how the brain processes signals. Progress could lead to new insights into how drugs can be better custom-designed to treat a host of neurodegenerative disorders, mental illnesses, and disabilities, including Alzheimer's disease, depression, and schizophrenia.

The funding will come from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

New Insight Into How Flies Fly

April 18, 2003 Science paper shows that tiny insects use their wings to overcome inertia, and not--as conventional wisdom has held--friction.

Six Caltech Professors Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Six Caltech professors recently received Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships for 2003.

Caltech Professor Receives Award for Research into Mechanisms of Memory Formation

How do we form short-term and long-term memories in the brain? A California Institute of Technology professor will try to answer this question and others. Athanassios Siapas, assistant professor of computation and neural systems, has been awarded a $445,120 grant by the James S. McDonnell Foundation for his project "Network Mechanisms of Memory Formation."

Caltech, Italian Scientists Find Human Longevity Marker

Study of centenarians showed each was five times more likely than the general population to have a similar mtDNA mutation.

Research shows that shear force of blood flowis crucial to embryonic heart development

In a triumph of bioengineering, an interdisciplinary team of California Institute of Technology researchers has imaged the blood flow inside the heart of a growing embryonic zebrafish.

Caltech, UCLA Researchers Create a New Gene Therapy for Treatment of HIV

New gene therapy that is highly effective in preventing the HIV virus.


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