Caltech Opens "Green" Building Offering New Opportunities in Information Science

New ideas in architecture will foster new ideas in information science as the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) opens its groundbreaking "green" building, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology.

Caltech Researchers Show How Organic Carbon Compounds Emitted by Trees Affect Air Quality

A previously unrecognized player in the process by which gases produced by trees and other plants become aerosols—microscopically small particles in the atmosphere—has been discovered by a research team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Their research on the creation and effects of these chemicals, called epoxides, is being featured in this week's issue of the journal Science.

 

Caltech Researchers Link Tiny Sea Creatures to Large-scale Ocean Mixing

Using a combination of theoretical modeling, energy calculations, and field observations, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have for the first time described a mechanism that explains how some of the ocean's tiniest swimming animals can have a huge impact on large-scale ocean mixing.

Caltech Announces Initiative for a New $90 Million Sustainability Institute

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) president Jean-Lou Chameau began today's commencement ceremony by announcing $30 million in gifts as the first phase of a proposed $90 million initiative for a new institute. The funds will go towards the creation of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech.

Caltech Scientists Predict Greater Longevity for Planets with Life

Roughly a billion years from now, the ever-increasing radiation from the sun will have heated Earth into uninhabitability; the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that serves as food for plant life will disappear, pulled out by the weathering of rocks; the oceans will evaporate; and all living things will disappear.

Or maybe quite so soon, say researchers from Caltech, who have come up with a mechanism that doubles the future lifespan of the biosphere.

DOE Names Caltech Professor as Director of EFRC Focusing on Light-Material Interactions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science has announced that it will fund the creation of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) over the next five years, including one that will be housed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). That EFRC will be headed by Harry Atwater, the Howard Hughes Professor and professor of applied physics and materials science.  

Caltech Scientists Create New Enzymes for Biofuel Production

Researchers at Caltech and world-leading gene-synthesis company DNA2.0 have taken an important step toward the development of a cost-efficient process to extract sugars from cellulose--the world's most abundant organic material and cheapest form of solar-energy storage. Plant sugars are easily converted into a variety of renewable fuels such as ethanol or butanol.

Caltech Scientists Lead Deep-Sea Discovery Voyage

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and an international team of collaborators have returned from a month-long deep-sea voyage to a marine reserve near Tasmania, Australia, that not only netted coral-reef samples likely to provide insight into the impact of climate change on the world's oceans, but also brought to light at least three never-before-seen species of sea life.

Caltech Researchers Find Ancient Climate Cycles Recorded in Mars Rocks

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and their colleagues have found evidence of ancient climate change on Mars caused by regular variation in the planet's tilt, or obliquity. On Earth, similar "astronomical forcing" of climate drives ice-age cycles.

Caltech's Novel Approach to Sustainability: Harvesting Olives

Once considered a messy sidewalk annoyance on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) campus, the fruit of the 130 olive trees lining the campus pathways is now being embraced for its contribution to Caltech's sustainability. The olives will be harvested and pressed into olive oil in Caltech's second annual Olive Harvest Festival on Friday, November 7.

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