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Checking the First Data from OCO-2
08/21/2014

Checking the First Data from OCO-2

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers work to make sure that NASA's newly launched satellite provides accurate data about carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere.
The Birth and Death of Our Solar System
08/05/2014

The Birth and Death of Our Solar System

Cynthia Eller
An interview with Konstantin Batygin, who recently joined the Caltech faculty as assistant professor of planetary science.
Looking Forward to 2020 . . . on Mars
07/31/2014

Looking Forward to 2020 . . . on Mars

Kimm Fesenmaier
Ken Farley, Caltech's W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geochemistry and chair of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, is serving as project scientist for Mars 2020. We recently sat down with him to talk about the mission and his new role.
Corals Provide Clues for Climate Change Research
07/15/2014

Corals Provide Clues for Climate Change Research

Katie Neith
Just as growth rings can offer insight into climate changes occurring during the lifespan of a tree, corals have much to tell about changes in the ocean.
Hiroo Kanamori Receives William Bowie Medal from American Geophysical Union
07/01/2014

Hiroo Kanamori Receives William Bowie Medal from American Geophysical Union

Cynthia Eller
Caltech's John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, Hiroo Kanamori, will be receiving the highest award of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the William Bowie Medal, at this year's AGU meeting on December 17, 2014, in San Francisco.
Geothermometer for Methane Formation
06/25/2014

Geothermometer for Methane Formation

Kimm Fesenmaier
A team of scientists led by Caltech geochemist John M. Eiler has developed a new technique that can, for the first time, determine the temperature at which a natural methane sample formed.
Earth-Building Bridgmanite
06/17/2014

Earth-Building Bridgmanite

Katie Neith
"The most abundant mineral of the earth now has an official name," says Chi Ma, a mineralogist and director of the Geological and Planetary Sciences division's Analytical Facility at Caltech.
Ditch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!
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.
50 Years Ago: The First Look at a Dry Mars
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
Caltech Faculty Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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.