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Research Update: Atomic Motions Help Determine Temperatures Inside Earth
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.
Faulty Behavior
01/09/2013

Faulty Behavior

Katie Neith
New earthquake fault models show that "stable" zones may contribute to the generation of massive earthquakes.
Planets Abound
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.
A Close Encounter of the First Kind
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.
Calculated Science
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.
More Evidence for an Ancient Grand Canyon
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.
A Sky Full of Planets
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.
One Metal Scoop, Slightly Used
11/19/2012

One Metal Scoop, Slightly Used

Douglas Smith
On November 20, 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean paid a visit to JPL's Surveyor 3, which had landed on the moon two and a half years earlier.
How I Landed on Mars
11/06/2012

How I Landed on Mars

Shayna Chabner McKinney
As one of five Caltech graduate students currently staffing the Mars Science Laboratory mission, Katie Stack is simultaneously exploring the geologic pasts of both Mars and Earth.
Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
10/17/2012

Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

Andrew Allan
Get ready to drop, cover, and hold on! On Thursday, October 18, Caltech will once again participate in the Great California ShakeOut, the annual statewide earthquake-preparedness drill. Caltech students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to join the more than 8 million Californians who will have the opportunity to practice how to protect themselves during an earthquake.