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Earthquake Season in the Himalayan Front
12/12/2007

Earthquake Season in the Himalayan Front

elisabeth nadin

Recent research spearheaded by Jean-Philippe Avouac, professor of geology and director of the Tectonics Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, shows that in the Himalayan mountains, at least, there is indeed an earthquake season. It's winter.

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Commits $200 Million Support for Thirty-Meter Telescope
12/05/2007

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Commits $200 Million Support for Thirty-Meter Telescope

Jill Perry
The California Institute of Technology and the University of California have received a $200 million commitment over nine years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation toward the further development and construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT). Funding under this commitment will be shared equally between the two universities, with matching gifts from the two institutions expected to bring the total to $300 million. When built, TMT will be the largest telescope in the world.
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Pulselike and Cracklike Ruptures in Earthquake Experiments
11/30/2007

Pulselike and Cracklike Ruptures in Earthquake Experiments

elisabeth nadin
Lab experiments that mimic the way the ground moves during destructive earthquakes require some sophisticated equipment, and they yield valuable insights. Caltech scientists studying how sliding motion spreads along a fault interface conducted a series of experiments involving ultrafast digital cameras and high-speed laser velocimeters to replicate a range of realistic fault conditions.
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Tracing the Roots of the California Condor
10/26/2007

Tracing the Roots of the California Condor

elisabeth nadin
At the end of the Pleistocene epoch some 10,000 years ago, two species of condors in California competed for resources amidst the retreating ice of Earth's last major glacial age. The modern California condor triumphed, while its kin expired.
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Caltech's Ingersoll Receives Achievement Award
10/10/2007

Caltech's Ingersoll Receives Achievement Award

Kathy Svitil
Andrew P. Ingersoll of the California Institute of Technology has been awarded the 2007 Gerard P. Kuiper Prize by the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society in honor of his outstanding contributions to planetary science. The award was presented this week during the annual DPS meeting in Orlando, Florida.
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New Method of Studying Ancient Fossils Points to Carbon Dioxide As a Driver of Global Warming
09/12/2007

New Method of Studying Ancient Fossils Points to Carbon Dioxide As a Driver of Global Warming

Robert Tindol
A team of American and Canadian scientists has devised a new way to study Earth's past climate by analyzing the chemical composition of ancient marine fossils. The first published tests with the method further support the view that atmospheric CO2 has contributed to dramatic climate variations in the past, and strengthen projections that human CO2 emissions could cause global warming.
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Astronomers Find Largest Exoplanet to Date
08/06/2007

Astronomers Find Largest Exoplanet to Date

Robert Tindol
An international team of astronomers has discovered the largest-radius and lowest-density exoplanet of all those whose mass and radius are known. It is a gas-giant planet about twice the size of Jupiter, and is likely to have a curved cometlike tail. It has been named TrES-4, to indicate that it is the fourth planet detected by the Trans-atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES) network of telescopes.
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Caltech, JPL, Northrop Grumman to Celebrate 50 Years of Space Exploration
07/13/2007

Caltech, JPL, Northrop Grumman to Celebrate 50 Years of Space Exploration

Jill Perry
Before October 1957, space flight was a thing of fantasy. Today we are experienced space explorers with unlimited voyages to undertake. Where is space flight's next horizon? What constitutes sensible space investment? How did the space pioneers accomplish their goals? These topics will be addressed at "50 Years in Space: An International Aerospace Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Space Technology," which will take place from September 19 to 21 at the California Institute of Technology.
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NASA'S Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet
07/11/2007

NASA'S Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet

Robert Tindol
The exoplanet HD 189733b has just been found to have water vapor in its atmosphere. The observation provides the best evidence to date that water exists on worlds outside our own solar system.
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The Dwarf Planet Known as Eris is More Massive than Pluto, New Data Shows
06/14/2007

The Dwarf Planet Known as Eris is More Massive than Pluto, New Data Shows

Robert Tindol
Die-hard Pluto fans still seeking redemption for their demoted planet have cause for despair this week. New data shows that the dwarf planet Eris is 27 percent more massive than Pluto, thereby strengthening the decree last year that there are eight planets in the solar system and a growing list of dwarf planets.
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