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JPL Scientist, Caltech Professor Bock Receives Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

Photo: Caltech Jamie Bock, professor of physics and Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior research scientist, has received the Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation from the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The award citation notes his “development of low-noise ‘spider-web’ bolometers”—devices for measuring radiation—that have enabled fundamental measurements of the cosmic microwave background. The award is given annually for the design, invention, or significant improvement of instrumentation…

Caltech Geobiologist Honored by National Academy of Sciences

Credit: Donna Coveney/MIT Dianne Newman, professor of biology and geobiology at Caltech and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award in Molecular Biology for…

Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction by Caltech, MIT Observatory

The LIGO facility. Photo: Caltech For the first time, scientists working at a joint Caltech/MIT observatory have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event…

JPL Engineer, Mars Landing Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Adam Steltzner of JPL holds up a model of a Mars entry capsule. NASA/JPL-Caltech JPL engineer Adam Steltzner, who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, is being honored with…

Delivering Genes Across the Blood-Brain Barrier

Using a new selection method, Caltech researchers have evolved the protein shell of a harmless virus, AAV9, so that it can more efficiently cross the blood brain barrier and deliver genes, such as the green…

Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover

This Jan. 19, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at "Namib Dune," where the rover's activities included scuffing into the dune…

Innovations in the Air

(From left to right): Scott Fouse/Lockheed Martin Corporation, John Tracy/The Boeing Company, Erik Antonsson/Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Vandad Espahbodi/Starburst Accelerator. Credit: Vicki Chiu, EAS Communications…

New Calibration Tool Will Help Astronomers Look for Habitable Exoplanets

A segment of the near infrared (IR) spectrum of a cool star as observed by the Keck II telescope's near infrared spectrometer (NIRSPEC). Dark bands…

Galaxy Clusters Reveal New Dark Matter Insights

Galaxy Clusters Reveal New Dark Matter Insights Dark matter is a mysterious cosmic phenomenon that accounts for 27 percent of all matter and energy. Though…

Microscopic Materials: An Interview with Marco Bernardi

Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech All materials, including the screen on which you are currently reading this text, are composed of a tiny universe of particles. These particles are not only the physical ones, like electrons and atomic nuclei, but also excited states (or so-called quasiparticles) that constantly collide and bounce, gaining and losing energy. Marco Bernardi, a newly appointed assistant professor of applied physics and materials science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, is fascinated by these interactions and how they give rise to the world around us. We spoke with Bernardi about his research on energy in materials…

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