Prebiotic Molecule Detected in Interstellar Cloud

For the first time, a chiral molecule has been detected outside of our solar system. The discovery is an important step to understanding the origins of life.

Natural Quasicrystals May Be the Result of Collisions Between Objects in the Asteroid Belt

Experiment demonstrates that rare, naturally occurring quasicrystals could have been formed by high-speed impacts in space.

The Next Big Thing

We talked to a handful of undergraduate and graduate students prior to commencement to find out what they think will be the next big thing in science and engineering and how their plans after graduation reflect those ideas.

Ditch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!

Today students celebrate Ditch Day, one of Caltech's oldest traditions.

Gilmartin Named Dean of Undergraduate Students

On July 1, 2016, Kevin Gilmartin, professor of English, will begin serving as Caltech's dean of undergraduate students.

Seven from Caltech Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Three faculty members and four alumni have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Aliso Canyon, Methane, and Global Climate: A Conversation with Paul Wennberg

We recently sat down with Caltech's Paul Wennberg to talk about methane emissions and how to put the Aliso Canyon event into perspective.

Geophysicist David G. Harkrider Dies

David G. Harkrider, professor of geophysics, emeritus, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

A New Twist on the History of Life

Around 520 million years ago, there was a period of rapid species diversification that many scholars describe as a sort of evolutionary "big bang." New modeling results from Caltech suggest that during this time period, the continents moved towards the equator instead of toward the poles.

Geobiologist Honored by National Academy of Sciences

Dianne Newman has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology.

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