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02/11/2013

Watson Lecture: "Under the Hood of the Earthquake Machine"

Douglas Smith
What makes an earthquake go off? Why are earthquakes so difficult to forecast? Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics Nadia Lapusta gives us a close-up look at the moving parts, as it were, at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
01/24/2013

Johnson Wins Astronomy Prize

Brian Bell
John A. Johnson, assistant professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech, received the 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), in Long Beach, California.
01/24/2013

Knutson Wins Award

Brian Bell
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Heather Knutson
01/14/2013

Research Update: Atomic Motions Help Determine Temperatures Inside Earth

Katie Neith
By squeezing tiny samples of iron to reproduce the extreme pressures felt at Earth's core, a Caltech team was able to get a closer estimate of the melting point of iron. Now, they have taken that research one step further by adding infrared laser beams to the mix.
01/09/2013

Faulty Behavior

Katie Neith
New earthquake fault models show that "stable" zones may contribute to the generation of massive earthquakes.
01/02/2013

Planets Abound

Marcus Woo
Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But you're also seeing planets—billions and billions of them. At least. That's the conclusion of a new study by Caltech astronomers that provides yet more evidence that planetary systems are the cosmic norm.
12/13/2012

A Close Encounter of the First Kind

Douglas Smith
A new era in planetary science began in 1962, when Mariner 2 and the 200-inch Hale telescope simultaneously took a close look at Venus.
12/06/2012

Calculated Science

Shayna Chabner McKinney
One of the most powerful computer clusters available to a single department in the academic world just got stronger. Caltech's CITerra supercomputer, a high-performance computing cluster of the type popularly known as a Beowulf cluster, was replaced this year with a faster and more efficient system.
11/29/2012

More Evidence for an Ancient Grand Canyon

Katie Neith
For over 150 years, geologists have debated how and when the Grand Canyon was formed. New data unearthed by Caltech researchers builds support for the idea that conventional models, which say the enormous ravine is 5 to 6 million years old, are way off.
11/27/2012

A Sky Full of Planets

Ann Motrunich
The confirmed count of planets in other solar systems has skyrocketed to more than 850, plus thousands of identified candidates. The opportunity to characterize so many solar systems has brought together Caltech planetary scientists and astronomers, who are forming a Center for Planetary Astronomy.