Caltech Scientist Creates New Method for Folding Strands of DNA to Make Microscopic Structures

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."

Students Square Off in Engineering Contest

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."

NSF Awards $11.16 Million to Caltech's Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials

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.

Alice Gets Ready to Roll

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.

Ronald Scott Dies; Designed Soil Scoopfor Early Unmanned Moon Mission

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.

David Rutledge Named Chair of Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science

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.

Research on Biological Jet Flows Could Lead to New Diagnostic Tools for Heart Disease

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.

New Propane-Burning Fuel Cell Could Energize a Future Generation of Small Electrical Devices

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.

Autonomous Racing: Bob, Meet Alice

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.

Five from Caltech Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Five faculty members at the California Institute of Technology are among this year's newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They join 191 other Americans and 17 foreign honorees as the 225th class of fellows of the prestigious institution that was cofounded in 1780 by John Adams.

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