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Developing a Picture of the Earth's Mantle
12/11/2015

Developing a Picture of the Earth's Mantle

Katie Neith
A team led by Caltech's Jennifer Jackson, professor of mineral physics has new evidence for the origin of features that occur at the core-mantle boundary.
The Interface of Earth and Atmosphere: An Interview with Christian Frankenberg
12/04/2015

The Interface of Earth and Atmosphere: An Interview with Christian Frankenberg

Lorinda Dajose
An interview with Christian Frankenberg, an atmospheric and biogeoscientist and one of the most recent additions to the Caltech faculty.
New Jenkins Leadership Chair Is a Tribute to Exploration
11/24/2015

New Jenkins Leadership Chair Is a Tribute to Exploration

Ann Motrunich
Ted (BS ’65, MS ’66) and Ginger Jenkins—longtime Caltech supporters and early employees in the semiconductor industry—have established a leadership chair for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS).
Ted and Ginger Jenkins
Tracking Down the "Missing" Carbon From the Martian Atmosphere
11/24/2015

Tracking Down the "Missing" Carbon From the Martian Atmosphere

Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech and JPL researchers identify a process involving UV light from the sun that helps explain how a moderately dense martian atmosphere 3.8 billion years ago could have evolved into the current thin one without invoking a missing carbon reservoir.
Schools Help Researchers Understand Quakes
11/19/2015

Schools Help Researchers Understand Quakes

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
A new collaboration between seismologists at Caltech and local public schools helps Los Angeles prepare for the "big one."
JPL News: NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Heads Toward Active Dunes
11/17/2015

JPL News: NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Heads Toward Active Dunes

On its way to higher layers of the mountain where it is investigating how Mars' environment changed billions of years ago, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover will take advantage of a chance to study some modern Martian activity at mobile sand dunes.
Elachi to Retire as JPL Director
10/28/2015

Elachi to Retire as JPL Director

Charles Elachi has announced his intention to retire as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 30, 2016 and move to campus as professor emeritus. A national search is underway to identify his successor.
Probing the Mysteries of Europa, Jupiter's Cracked and Crinkled Moon
10/27/2015

Probing the Mysteries of Europa, Jupiter's Cracked and Crinkled Moon

Rod Pyle
Using data from the W. M. Keck Observatory's OSIRIS spectrometer and maps from NASA's Galileo probe, researchers have mapped what may be salt deposits from the ocean below the ice onto the Jovian moon's surface.
Europa, as imaged by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
Cassini Begins Its Final Act: A Conversation with Charles Elachi
10/18/2015

Cassini Begins Its Final Act: A Conversation with Charles Elachi

Ramanuj Basu
In September, the NASA/JPL Cassini mission began the last two years of the Solstice Mission. We recently spoke with JPL director Charles Elachi to gain his unique perspective on Cassini's achievements—and what will come next.
Taking Dinosaur Temperatures with Eggshells
10/13/2015

Taking Dinosaur Temperatures with Eggshells

Lorinda Dajose
A team of Caltech researchers has measured the body temperatures of a wide range of dinosaurs, providing insight into how the animals may have regulated their internal heat.