Neuroscientists locate area of brain responsible for 3-D vision

Researchers have found the brain circuitry that allows us to see the world in three dimensions even when one eye is closed.

Geologists find more evidence for an active fault beneath downtown and east Los Angeles

Geologists report new evidence for a fault beneath Los Angeles that could cause damaging earthquakes in the future.

Yucca Mountain Is Possibly More Seismically Active Than Once Believed, Geologists Discover

Recent geodetic measurements using Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites show that the Yucca Mountain area in southern Nevada is straining roughly 10 to 100 times faster than expected on the basis of the geologic history of the area. And for the moment at least, geologists are at a loss to explain the anomaly.

Physicists create first nanometer-scale mechanical charge detector

PASADENA—Wristwatch cellular phones and space probes the size of baseballs would certainly have some eager customers, but both are still the stuff of science fiction.

Nonetheless, physicists are making strides these days in the sort of miniaturization that could someday make tiny electromechanical devices a reality. One such milestone, the first nanometer-scale mechanical charge detector, is reported in the current issue of Nature.

Mars Global Surveyor already bringing in scientific payoff

Despite a 12-month delay in aerobraking into a circular orbit, the Mars Global Surveyor is already returning a wealth of data about the atmosphere and surface of the Red Planet.

Researchers develop new plastic recording material that can be used to see through tissue without X rays

Researchers have recently achieved a certain amount of success in using laser light to see through scattering media such as human tissue. The new technology could eventually have medical applications in situations where X rays are ineffective or downright dangerous. Researchers develop new plastic recording materialthat can be used to see through tissue without X rays February 1998 98

ACE Satellite Now In Place Between Earth and Sun; Will Seek To Determine What Sun Is Made Of

ACE satellite will be a benefit to weather forecasters in predicting solar flares as well as to astrophysicists in understanding the nature of the universe.

Caltech Question of the Month: How does a high or low water table affect our ability to feel earthquakes?

Submitted by Susan Rogers, Azusa, California, and answered by Dave Wald, visiting associate in geophysics at Caltech, and U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist.

Black Hole That Periodically Ejects Its Inner Disk As Jets Discovered

Astronomers observing a disk of matter spiralling into a black hole in our galaxy have discovered that the black hole periodically hurls the inner portion of the disk into space as jets travelling at near the speed of light.

Biological Activity the Likely Culprit of Atmospheric Nitrous Oxide Increases

New research suggests that the changing concentration of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere is largely a result of biological activity.


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