Submitted by lorio on Mon, 2010-05-24 07:00
Questions about when, why, and how vertebrates stopped relying on external factors to regulate their body temperatures and began heating themselves internally have long intrigued scientists. Now, a team led by researchers at Caltech has taken a critical step toward providing some answers. They describe the first method for the direct measurement of the body temperatures of large extinct vertebrates—through the analysis of rare isotopes in the animals' bones, teeth, and eggshells.
Submitted by lorio on Wed, 2010-05-05 07:00
A research team made up of scientists from Caltech and their partners in Peru and France report on their analysis of GPS data from the 2007 Pisco quake in Peru. They found, in part, that 50 percent of the postseismic slippage is aseismic—movement along a fault that occurs without any accompanying seismic waves.
Submitted by lmarkle on Fri, 2010-03-26 07:00
Caltech scientists are diving into the sea to study methane-eating microbes. A thousand meters deep on the sea floor, with no light and little oxygen, these critters sustain an entire ecosystem. The researchers are learning that the bugs support life on Earth, preventing methane—a greenhouse gas—from further warming the planet and ensuring the global flow of nutrients. Sharing DNA with the first lifeforms, they may reveal something about Earth’s history.
Submitted by lorio on Thu, 2010-03-18 07:00
Sixty sixth graders from Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena recently visited campus to tour of Caltech's Tectonics Observatory and Seismological Laboratory.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2010-02-24 08:00
Research in genomic sciences, astronomy, seismology, and neuroeconomics are some of the many projects being funded at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Submitted by ksvitil on Thu, 2009-12-17 08:00
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, looks to be the only place in the solar system—aside from our home planet, Earth—with copious quantities of liquid (largely, liquid methane and ethane) sitting on its surface. According to Caltech planetary astronomer Mike Brown, Earth and Titan share yet another feature, which is inextricably linked with that surface liquid: common fog.
Submitted by ksvitil on Sun, 2009-11-29 18:00
Researchers at Caltech suggest that the eccentricity of Saturn's orbit around the sun may be responsible for the unusually uneven distribution of lakes over the northern and southern polar regions of the planet's largest moon, Titan. A paper describing the theory appears in the November 29th advance online edition of Nature Geoscience.
Submitted by ksvitil on Thu, 2009-10-15 18:00
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have identified an unexpected metabolic ability within a symbiotic community of microorganisms that may help solve a lingering mystery about the world's nitrogen cycling budget. A paper about their work appears in the October 16 issue of the journal Science.
Submitted by ksvitil on Wed, 2009-08-12 17:00
Saturn's moon Titan is dull, weatherwise. Nothing happens for years, making it hard to understand the carved channels that seem to line the surface. Now Titan has finally been caught in the act. Caltech planetary astronomer Mike Brown and his colleagues set a trap for Titan, waited years for it to be tripped, and, finally, nabbed their prey: bright but transient clouds over Titan's tropics, a region where clouds were thought unlikely to form.
Submitted by lorio on Thu, 2009-08-06 07:00
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.