Surprising Results from Game Theory Studies

If you're trying to outwit the competition, it might be better to have been born a chimpanzee, according to a study by researchers at Caltech, which found that chimps at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute consistently outperform humans in simple contests drawn from game theory.

JCAP Stabilizes Common Semiconductors For Solar Fuels Generation

Caltech researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have devised a way to protect technologically important semiconductors from corrosion even as the materials continue to absorb light efficiently.

Miniature Truss Work

This image shows the latest example of what Julia Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics, calls a fractal nanotruss. Greer's group has developed a three-step process for building such complex structures very precisely.

Supernova Caught in the Act by Palomar Transient Factory

The problem with observing supernovae is knowing just when and where one is occurring and being able to point a world-class telescope at it in the hours immediately afterward.

Tricking the Uncertainty Principle

Researchers at Caltech find a way to sidestep the quantum "noise" that limits the precision of ultrasensitive position measurements.

Research Update: An Autism Connection

Building on their prior work, a team of neuroscientists at Caltech now report that rare patients who are missing connections between the left and right sides of their brain show a strikingly high incidence of autism. The study is the first to show a link between the two disorders.

Unlocking a Mystery of Human Disease . . . in Space

An experiment just launched into orbit by Caltech researchers could be an important step toward understanding the protein that causes Huntington's disease—a devastating and untreatable hereditary disorder.

Hyperbolic Homogeneous Polynomials, Oh My!

Apart from the inherent joy of pushing number theory forward through another generation, Dinakar Ramakrishnan points out that this field has interesting applications in both science and everyday life. "Quite often in science, you are counting..."

Caltech Researchers Discover the Seat of Sex and Violence in the Brain

As reported in a paper published online today in the journal Nature, Caltech biologist David J. Anderson and his colleagues have genetically identified neurons that control aggressive behavior in the mouse hypothalamus.

For Cells, Internal Stress Leads to Unique Shapes

Caltech biologist Elliot Meyerowitz and colleagues have found that the unusual shape of pavement cells, found on the leaves of flowering plants, represents a state of balance—an individual cell's tug-of-war to maintain structural integrity.

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