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The First 50 Years of Planetary Science
02/18/2014

The First 50 Years of Planetary Science

Douglas Smith
If you ask Andy Ingersoll how Caltech has contributed to our understanding of the universe, he'll tell you, "Caltech invented planetary science!" Since the field's origins 50 years ago, Caltech has become one of the top planetary-science research centers.
Is Natural Gas a Solution to Mitigating Climate Change?
02/10/2014

Is Natural Gas a Solution to Mitigating Climate Change?

Cynthia Eller
Research by atmospheric chemist Paul Wennberg suggests that losses of natural gas—our "cleanest" fossil fuel—into the atmosphere may be a larger source than previously recognized.
Caltech's "Secrets" to Success
02/10/2014

Caltech's "Secrets" to Success

Allison Benter
Everyone who really knows Caltech understands that it is unique among universities around the world. But just what makes Caltech so special? We've asked that question before, and the numbers don't tell the full story. So, is it our focus? Our culture? Our people?
From Rivers to Landslides: Charting the Slopes of Sediment Transport
01/28/2014

From Rivers to Landslides: Charting the Slopes of Sediment Transport

Cynthia Eller
In Caltech's Earth Surface Dynamics Lab the behavior of rivers is modeled through the use of artificial rivers through which water can be pumped at varying rates over a variety of sediments.
Caltech Alum Leshin Named President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
01/24/2014

Caltech Alum Leshin Named President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech alumna Laurie Leshin (MS '89, PhD '95), has been named the new president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Lessons from the 1994 Northridge Quake
01/17/2014

Lessons from the 1994 Northridge Quake

Cynthia Eller
Since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake 20 years ago, researchers at Caltech have learned much more about where earthquakes are likely to happen, and how danger to human life and damage to property might be mitigated when they do occur.
Megafloods: What They Leave Behind
12/17/2013

Megafloods: What They Leave Behind

Cynthia Eller
Caltech researchers Michael Lamb and Kenneth A. Farley offer a plausible account that amphitheater-headed canyons on both Earth and Mars were created by enormous floods.
First Rock Dating Experiment Performed on Mars
12/10/2013

First Rock Dating Experiment Performed on Mars

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
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New Curiosity Papers Published
12/09/2013

New Curiosity Papers Published

New research articles on the Mars Science Laboratory mission have recently been published.
Stone Receives NASA Award
12/09/2013

Stone Receives NASA Award

Brian Bell
Edward C. Stone was awarded a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, presented by television personality Stephen Colbert on the December 3 broadcast of The Colbert Report.