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Cassini Turns 15
10/16/2012

Cassini Turns 15

Douglas Smith
Fifteen years after its launch, the Cassini mission to Saturn continues to give us a close-up, long-term view of the ringed planet and its astonishingly diverse collection of moons. Here are some of the highlights so far.
Planetary Weatherman: An Interview with Andrew Ingersoll
10/14/2012

Planetary Weatherman: An Interview with Andrew Ingersoll

Shayna Chabner McKinney
Andrew Ingersoll's research has included studies of the so-called runaway greenhouse effect that is thought to have boiled away Venus's oceans, the presence of liquid water on Mars, and the atmospheric dynamics of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed
09/27/2012

Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed

Kimm Fesenmaier
An ankle- or hip-deep stream once flowed with force across the surface of Mars in the very spot where the Curiosity rover is currently exploring. The finding provides new information about a once wet environment in Gale Crater.
Two Caltech Researchers Receive NIH Director's Awards
09/25/2012

Two Caltech Researchers Receive NIH Director's Awards

Katie Neith
Two members of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) faculty have been given National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Awards. The awards are administered through the NIH's Common Fund, which provides support for research deemed to be both innovative and risky.
Martian Clay Minerals Might Have Much Hotter Origin
09/12/2012

Martian Clay Minerals Might Have Much Hotter Origin

Kimm Fesenmaier

Several hypotheses have been proposed to explan how clay minerals detected on the surface of Mars were formed. Now, publishing in the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of French and American scientists including Caltech's Bethany Ehlmann, has suggested a new possibility. The Los Angeles Times recently spoke to Ehlmann about the paper and its implications.

Geologists in the Field
08/14/2012

Geologists in the Field

Marcus Woo

Sometimes risking life and limb, Caltech field geologists travel to some of the most remote corners of the globe—all in the name of science

President Obama Calls to Congratulate Curiosity's Team
08/13/2012

President Obama Calls to Congratulate Curiosity's Team

Kimm Fesenmaier

President Barack Obama called the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday morning to congratulate the Mars Science Laboratory team on the successful landing of Curiosity on the red planet. He said that the accomplishment "embodies the American spirit" and that the White House could not be more excited or grateful. 

Keeping Up with Curiosity
08/10/2012

Keeping Up with Curiosity

Kimm Fesenmaier
Since Curiosity touched down safely on Mars, most of her time has been taken up by a series of checkouts, but she has relayed hundreds of images back to Earth, giving the science team plenty to study and discuss.
Anchors Aweigh
08/08/2012

Anchors Aweigh

Katie Neith

Hydrophilic researchers in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences take to the salty seas to gather data, explore the deep, and get a firsthand view of the beasts at the bottom.