Caltech Engineers Build First-Ever Multi-Input "Plug-and-Play" Synthetic RNA Device

Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a "plug-and-play" synthetic RNA device--a sort of eminently customizable biological computer--that is capable of taking in and responding to more than one biological or environmental signal at a time.

Caltech Researcher Awarded $10 Million Grant

Brian M. Stoltz, the Ethel Wilson Bowles and Robert Bowles Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been awarded a $10 million grant from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Caltech Engineers Build Mini Drug-Producing Biofactories in Yeast

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a novel way to churn out large quantities of drugs, including antiplaque toothpaste additives, antibiotics, nicotine, and even morphine, using mini biofactories--in yeast.

Caltech Scientists Awarded $20 Million to "Power the Planet"

In the dreams of Harry Gray, Beckman Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, the future energy needs of the world are met with solar-fuel power plants. Now, a $20 million award from the Chemical Bonding Center (CBC), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry program, will help bring this dream one step closer to reality.

Zhen-Gang Wang Receives Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Zhen-Gang Wang favors the tried-and-true chalkboard for his classroom lectures on thermodynamics and polymer physics. The clarity of these lessons and the admiration of his students have won him this year's Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the California Institute of Technology.

Caltech Professor Frances H. Arnold Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Frances H. Arnold of the California Institute of Technology has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an honor considered to be one of the highest accolades in the scientific world. Arnold, the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, making her one of only eight living individuals to have been elected to all three branches of the National Academies, and the only woman.

Sixth Annual Caltech Science Writing Symposium

California Institute of Technology President Jean-Lou Chameau and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Usha Lee McFarling will be the featured speakers at the sixth annual Caltech Science Writing Symposium. The topic of their conversation will be the importance and challenges of communicating science to the general public.

David Tirrell Elected to Membership in the National Academy of Engineering

David A. Tirrell, Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, and chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology is one of 65 new members to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Breaking Ground for Schlinger Laboratory

Chemists and chemical engineers at the California Institute of Technology can soon start dreaming of experiments for their new labs, to be housed in a building dedicated to their work that will begin to take shape on February 13. The groundbreaking ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration from Ultranarrow Silicon Wires

Supernarrow silicon wires, or silicon nanowires, are laying the foundation for a new type of cheap yet energy-efficient microscopic refrigeration, with no moving parts, report researchers from the California Institute of Technology in a study published today in the journal Nature.

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