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11/20/2014

New Center Supports Data-Driven Research

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
The new Center for Data-Driven Discovery makes advanced computational tools available to researchers from all six Caltech divisions, plus JPL researchers.
11/17/2014

Watson Lecture: "Photosynthesis: A Planetary Revolution"

Douglas Smith
Two and a half billion years ago, single-celled organisms called cyanobacteria harnessed sunlight to split water molecules, producing energy to power their cells and releasing oxygen into an atmosphere that had previously had none. These early environmental engineers are responsible for the life we see around us today, and much more besides. At 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, Professor of Geobiology Woodward "Woody" Fischer will describe how they transformed the planet. Admission is free.
Sun shining through a leaf
11/10/2014

Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers use robotic ocean gliders to study how warm water is making its way to Antarctic ice sheets—and how this warming ultimately leads to rising ocean levels.
11/07/2014

Unexpected Findings Change the Picture of Sulfur on the Early Earth

Kimm Fesenmaier
Using a new analytical technique, Caltech researchers studying the rock record uncover new information about the sulfur cycle on early Earth and what that could mean for the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere.
10/17/2014

Oceanographer Andrew Thompson Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Kathy Svitil
Caltech oceanographer Andrew Thompson, who uses autonomous underwater instruments and numerical models to study ocean currents and eddies, has been awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
10/15/2014

Getting To Know Super-Earths

Kimm Fesenmaier
Results from NASA's Kepler planet-hunting mission have indicated that the most common planets in the galaxy are super-Earths—those that are bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. Heather Knutson and her colleagues are using space telescopes to try to find out more about these worlds.
10/14/2014

Rock-Dwelling Microbes Remove Methane from Deep Sea

Methane-breathing microbes that inhabit rocky mounds on the seafloor could be preventing large volumes of the potent greenhouse gas from entering the oceans and reaching the atmosphere, according to a new study by Caltech researchers.
10/10/2014

Seismology and Resilient Infrastructure: An Interview with Domniki Asimaki

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Domniki Asimaki is interested in the behavior of geotechnical systems under the influence of forces such as wind, waves, and seismological activity.
Domniki Asimaki
09/15/2014

KISS: A Think and Do Tank for Space Work

Kimm Fesenmaier
The Keck Institute for Space Studies was created at Caltech to develop revolutionary concepts and technology for future space missions by taking advantage of opportunities for increased collaboration between researchers on campus and at JPL.
09/08/2014

Textbook Theory Behind Volcanoes May Be Wrong

Marcus Woo
In the typical textbook picture, volcanoes, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian islands, erupt when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth. But that picture is wrong, according to a new study.