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05/15/2014

Ditch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!

Andrew Allan
During this annual spring rite seniors ditch their classes and vanish from campus, leaving behind complex, carefully planned out puzzles and challenges—known as “stacks”—designed to occupy the underclass students and prevent them from wreaking havoc on the seniors’ rooms.
05/07/2014

50 Years Ago: The First Look at a Dry Mars

Douglas Smith
In 1964, Caltech astronomy professor Guido Münch and Jet Propulsion Laboratory space scientists Lewis Kaplan and Hyron Spinrad pushed the world's second-largest telescope to its limits and dashed—at least for the next few decades—any hopes of finding liquid water on Mars.
Guido Münch
04/28/2014

Caltech Faculty Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Cynthia Eller
The AAAS has elected three Caltech faculty members—John Brady, Kenneth Farley, and Fiona Harrison—as fellows. Also named to the academy was Katherine T. Faber, who will be joining the Caltech faculty in July.
04/25/2014

Caltech and JPL Experts Discuss Climate Change

Andrew Allan
In the final installment of our Earth Week 2014 features, Caltech experts share their knowledge about climate change.
04/23/2014

Research for a Greener Future

Kathy Svitil
Today's Earth Week feature highlights three cross-disciplinary research centers where Caltech scientists and engineers collaborate on projects that will have a positive impact on energy, the environment, and Earth's sustainable future.
04/22/2014

Spring Break in the Galápagos

Kimm Fesenmaier
As the final element of Evolution, Caltech's new Bi/Ge 105 course, a dozen students spent their spring break snorkeling with penguins and sharks, hiking a volcano, and otherwise taking in the natural laboratory for evolution that is the Galápagos Islands.
04/10/2014

A New Tool for Unscrambling the Rock Record

Kimm Fesenmaier
A technique developed by Caltech researchers shows sulfur reducers were at work on the early Earth.
04/03/2014

Gravity Measurements Confirm Subsurface Ocean on Enceladus

Kimm Fesenmaier
Using gravity measurements collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have confirmed that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large subsurface ocean near its south pole, fueling plumes first seen in 2005.
03/14/2014

Watson Lecture: "When Rocks Roll: How Sediment Transport Shapes Planetary Surfaces"

Douglas Smith
On Wednesday, March 19, Professor of Geology Michael Lamb will describe how flowing water and grains of sand create Earth's dramatic landscapes.
03/13/2014

Airborne Over Iceland: Charting Glacier Dynamics

Cynthia Eller
Mark Simons, professor of geophysics at Caltech, along with graduate student Brent Minchew, recently logged over 40 hours of flight time mapping the surface of Iceland's glaciers.