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New Computer Model Explains Lakes and Storms on Titan
01/04/2012

New Computer Model Explains Lakes and Storms on Titan

Marcus Woo
Caltech researchers have developed a computer model of the atmosphere and methane cycle of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The model explains the origin of methane clouds and fog, as well as rainstorms and plentiful lakes of liquid methane on the planet.
Ironing Out the Details of the Earth's Core
12/20/2011

Ironing Out the Details of the Earth's Core

Katie Neith
A team led by mineral-physics researchers at Caltech has honed in on how iron behaves under the conditions found in Earth's core by conducting extremely high-pressure experiments.
Rover Software Named NASA's Best of the Year
12/09/2011

Rover Software Named NASA's Best of the Year

Kimm Fesenmaier

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has won NASA's 2011 Software of the Year accolade for software it developed that has enabled the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to autonomously select interesting science targets to study with its cameras.

Caltech-Led Team of Astronomers Finds 18 New Planets
12/02/2011

Caltech-Led Team of Astronomers Finds 18 New Planets

Marcus Woo

Discoveries of new planets just keep coming and coming. A team of astronomers led by scientists at Caltech have found 18 Jupiter-like planets in orbit around massive stars.

Moore Foundation Awards $6 Million for Research Leading to Earthquake Early Warning System
11/29/2011

Moore Foundation Awards $6 Million for Research Leading to Earthquake Early Warning System

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $6 million to Caltech, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington, Seattle, to create a prototype earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Coast of the United States.

Caltech Geophysicist Joann Stock Receives KINGDOM Educational Software Grant
11/14/2011

Caltech Geophysicist Joann Stock Receives KINGDOM Educational Software Grant

Allison Benter

Caltech Seismological Laboratory professor Joann Stock has been awarded a KINGDOM Software educational user license from Seismic Micro-Technology Inc.

Evidence of Ancient Lake in California's Eel River Emerges
11/11/2011

Evidence of Ancient Lake in California's Eel River Emerges

Katie Neith

A catastrophic landslide 22,500 years ago dammed the upper reaches of northern California's Eel River, forming a 30-mile-long lake—which has since disappeared—and leaving a living legacy found today in the genes of the region's steelhead trout, according to scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Oregon.

Warm, Wet Conditions on Mars May Have Existed Mostly Below the Surface
11/01/2011

Warm, Wet Conditions on Mars May Have Existed Mostly Below the Surface

Kimm Fesenmaier

The best place to look for signs of past life on Mars may be underground. According to a new interpretation of the distribution of clay minerals on Mars, warm water may have stayed mostly confined to the planet's subsurface for hundreds of millions of years.

Oceans of Water in a Planet-Forming Disk
10/20/2011

Oceans of Water in a Planet-Forming Disk

Marcus Woo

Astronomers have detected massive quantities of water in a planet-forming gas disk around a young star. The water—which is frozen in the icy outer regions of the disk—could fill Earth's oceans several thousand times over. The discovery could help explain how Earth got its oceans and suggests that our planet may not be the only watery world in the cosmos.

The Great California ShakeOut
10/14/2011

The Great California ShakeOut

Allison Benter

On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m., Caltech will once again participate in the annual statewide earthquake drill, the Great California ShakeOut. All Caltech students, staff, faculty, and visitors are encouraged to join more than 7.5 million Californians in performing three action steps: drop, cover, and hold on.