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Caltech Scientists Find New Primitive Mineral in Meteorite
06/26/2012

Caltech Scientists Find New Primitive Mineral in Meteorite

Katie Neith

Caltech scientists recently discovered a new mineral embedded in the Allende meteorite—one they believe to be among the oldest minerals formed in the solar system.

Notes from the Back Row: "The Isotope Time Machine"
06/22/2012

Notes from the Back Row: "The Isotope Time Machine"

Douglas Smith

Were dinosaurs slow and stupid, as used to be the prevailing wisdom, or nimble and smart enough to eat an attorney, as in the 1993 film Jurassic Park? The answer depends largely on whether the T. Rex in question is cold blooded, like an alligator, or warm blooded, like a bird. 

Put a Seismometer in Your Living Room
06/18/2012

Put a Seismometer in Your Living Room

Douglas Smith

Back in the 1960s, Charlie Richter (PhD '28) installed a seismometer in his living room. Now, if you live in the Pasadena area, you can have one, too.

Closing In On Mount Sharp, Mars Rover Gets Narrower Landing Target
06/12/2012

Closing In On Mount Sharp, Mars Rover Gets Narrower Landing Target

Kimm Fesenmaier

Upon landing onMars at around 10:31 p.m. PDT on August 5, the Curiosity rover will be much closer than originally planned to the primary science target—a layered mountain called Mount Sharp in honor of the late Caltech geologist Robert Sharp (BS '34, MS '35).

Caltech Astronomer Mike Brown Awarded Kavli Prize in Astrophysics
05/31/2012

Caltech Astronomer Mike Brown Awarded Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

Marcus Woo

Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been named a co-winner of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for his efforts to understand the outer solar system—work that led to the demotion of Pluto.

Caltech Researchers Gain Greater Insight into Earthquake Cycles
05/10/2012

Caltech Researchers Gain Greater Insight into Earthquake Cycles

Katie Neith

Researchers at Caltech have developed the first computer model of an earthquake-producing fault segment that reproduces, in a single physical framework, the available observations of both the fault's seismic (fast) and aseismic (slow) behavior.

Technology Developed at the Institute Measures Martian Sand Movement
05/09/2012

Technology Developed at the Institute Measures Martian Sand Movement

Katie Neith

Last year, images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars. Now, technology developed by a team at Caltech has allowed scientists to measure these activities for the very first time.

Caltech's Kanamori Named Foreign Associate of National Academy of Sciences
05/07/2012

Caltech's Kanamori Named Foreign Associate of National Academy of Sciences

Kimm Fesenmaier

Hiroo Kanamori, the John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, at Caltech, has been elected one of 21 new foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences. Eighty-four new members were also announced during the 149th annual meeting of the academy in Washington, D.C. 

Caltech Researchers Use Stalagmites to Study Past Climate Change
05/03/2012

Caltech Researchers Use Stalagmites to Study Past Climate Change

Kimm Fesenmaier

By analyzing stalagmites, a team of Caltech researchers has determined that the climate signature in the tropics through four glacial cycles looks different in some ways and similar in others when compared to the climate signature at high latitudes.

Building a Research Program from the Ground Up
05/02/2012

Building a Research Program from the Ground Up

Douglas Smith

What's it like to build an entire research program from scratch? It's all about becoming part of a community, according to three brand-new professors who chat about their experiences in "From the Ground Up," an article in the Spring 2012 issue of Caltech's Engineering & Science magazine.