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NASA, JPL Test Parachute That Will Deliver Mars Rover

A 58-foot-tall Black Brant IX sounding rocket launches from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Oct. 4. This was the first test of the Mars 2020 mission's parachute-testing series, the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment, or ASPIRE. Image credit: NASA/Wallops For the first time, NASA tested the parachute system that will deliver the next Mars rover mission when it launches in 2020. With a team…

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Sierra Madre Playhouse continues its Off The Page series of free staged readings with Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Playhouse’s…

Descanso Gardens Goes “Beyond the Bouquet” in its New Show at the Sturt Haaga Gallery

What do you imagine when you think of a floral arrangement? A dozen red roses with lemon leaves? An assortment of colorful spring blooms? Evidence of the ornamental use of flowers goes back at least…

Pasadena Author Greg Critser Reported Dead at 63

Pasadena-based medicine, science, food and health writer Greg Critser died Saturday night, a family spokesperson told City News Service on Sunday. Critser was 63. Critser was published in international periodicals ranging from the New York…

Caltech’s “IPAC” Serves up Cool Videos about where Life on Earth came from, and other Astronomy Topics

Image Courtesy IPAC Caltech Over the years since it was established in 1985, IPAC – the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, inside the Caltech campus in Pasadena – has gathered such a large database of…

Thursday, January 18

Ken Davis discusses and signs ‘In Bed with Broadcasting: A Memoir’ At Vroman’s

Veteran Los Angeles broadcast reporter, anchorman, and producer Ken Davis will be discussing and signing his book, “In Bed with Broadcasting: A Memoir,” on Thursday,…

Saturday, January 20

Spirit Chorale in Pasadena

The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles will present a concert on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist…

Sunday, January 21

Reading Tea Leaves After Trump at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse

National award-winning author, Thelma T. Reyna, whose new book, Reading Tea Leaves After Trump (Golden Foothills Press), marks the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency,…

Sunday, January 21

Theater Arts Caltech Presents “A Beat in Time: The Allen Ginsberg Project”

Theater Arts Caltech Presents “A Beat in Time: The Allen Ginsberg Project” on January 18-21, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at Caltech Theater Lab (275 South Hill,…

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New Technology Developed by Caltech Researchers Will Create Brain Wiring Diagrams

The TRACT method allows for the identification of neurons connected by synapses in a brain circuit. This image shows the olfactory receptor neurons (red) activating the production of a green protein in their synaptically-connected downstream partners. Credit: Courtesy of the Lois LaboratoryThe human brain is composed of billions of neurons wired together in intricate webs and communicating through electrical pulses and chemical signals. Although neuroscientists have made progress in understanding the brain’s many functions—such as regulating sleep, storing memories, and making decisions—visualizing the entire “wiring diagram” of neural connections throughout a brain is not possible using currently available methods. But…

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