Submitted by ksvitil on Wed, 2006-03-29 08:00
Richard M. Murray was a freshman attending frosh camp at Camp Fox on Catalina Island when he first encountered famed physicist Richard Feynman. "I was sitting down, looking across a field, and a professor sat down next to me and started talking about some shells he had found while he was swimming. Lo and behold, it was Richard Feynman-although I was an engineering student and not in physics, and I'm not sure I knew who he was at the time. That willingness to talk to a student typified his approach to teaching."
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2006-03-15 08:00
In a new development in nanotechnology, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology has devised a way of weaving DNA strands into any desired two-dimensional shape or figure, which he calls "DNA origami."
Submitted by ksvitil on Tue, 2005-11-29 08:00
Fire up the griddle! It's time for the 20th installment of the California Institute of Technology's ME 72 Engineering Design Contest, which will be held at 2 p.m. on December 1 outside Caltech's Chandler Dining Hall. This year's theme: an "energy cook-off."
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2005-09-26 07:00
The National Science Foundation today awarded $11.16 million to the Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM) at the California Institute of Technology. The renewal funding will allow the center to continue its work in exotic and futuristic materials applications, such as macromolecular materials, ferroelectric photonics, novel composites of glass and metals, spintronic devices, and fuel cells.
Submitted by ksvitil on Mon, 2005-09-26 07:00
The intrepid Alice will soon take center stage at the California Speedway in Fontana. Alice is no diva, but the California Institute of Technology's entrant in this year's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge race, a take-no-prisoners field test of autonomously driven robotic vehicles organized by DARPA to speed the development of battlefield-ready robotic tanks, trucks, and other all-terrain vehicles.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2005-08-19 07:00
Ronald Scott, a soil engineer who designed the ingenious lunar scoop that first sampled extraterrestrial material, died Tuesday, August 16, at his home in Altadena after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2005-08-10 07:00
David Rutledge, a leading researcher in the wireless telecommunication revolution, has been named chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. The announcement was made today by David Baltimore, president of Caltech.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2005-06-21 07:00
If you're a squid, your typical day consists of leisurely squirting water behind you to move forward, and occasionally squirting larger quantities of water behind you to stay off someone else's lunch menu. If you're a human with heart disease, your day consists of pumping blood through your heart valves much more forcefully than you did when you were young and healthy.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2005-06-09 07:00
Engineers have created a propane-burning fuel cell that's almost as small as a watch battery, yet many times higher in power density. Led by Sossina Haile of the California Institute of Technology, the team reports in the June 9 issue of the journal Nature that two of the cells have sufficient power to drive an MP3 player. If commercialized, such a fuel cell would have the advantage of driving the MP3 player for far longer than the best lithium batteries available.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2005-05-24 07:00
Enter Alice. It's the new driverless vehicle being built by Team Caltech 2005--a group of undergrads (more than 50 in the last nine months), graduate students, and faculty advisers--that will compete in this year's race on October 8.