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Students Test Their Concepts in JPL Invention Challenge

Los Angeles High School's Team Diamond participates in the 2016 Invention Challenge at JPL. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Catapults, conveyor belts and vacuums were among the many innovative devices built by students for the 2016 Invention Challenge, an annual engineering competition hosted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The event was designed to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering. It allows students to create…

Caltech Assistant Professor Explores “Programmable Disorder”

Colored atomic force microscope image of self-assembled random tree structures on the surface of DNA tile arrays. Each tree has a single loop as the “root”. Credit: Caltech / Grigory Tikhomirov, Philip Petersen and Lulu…

JPL Technologist is Building a Better Gear, Making for Graceful Robots

Bulk metallic glass, a metal alloy, doesn't get brittle in extreme cold. That makes the material perfect for robotics operated in space or on icy planets. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Throw a baseball, and you might…

Caltech Researchers Have At Last Solved One Piece of 30-Year-Old Superconductor Puzzle

An artistic representation of the data showing the breaking of spatial inversion and rotational symmetries in the pseudogap region of superconducting materials—evidence that the pseudogap is a distinct phase of matter. Rings of light reflected…

Caltech Scientists Coax Nature Into Manufacturing What Only Chemists Were Able to – Only Better

Artist rendering of organosilicon-based life. Organosilicon compounds contain carbon-silicon bonds. Recent research from the laboratory of Frances Arnold shows, for the first time, that bacteria can create organosilicon compounds. This does not prove that silicon-…

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Konstantin Batygin Speaks on ‘Planet Nine from Outer Space’ at Caltech

Caltech Assistant Professor of Planetary Science Konstantin Batygin will give a lecture Wednesday, December 7, on “Planet Nine From Outer Space,” at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium,…

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Caltech Scientists Explore Mysterious “Bright Radio Bursts,” Probe Universe’s Hidden Matter

The intensity of FRB 150807 at different radio frequencies or colors—red corresponds to lower frequencies and blue to higher frequencies. The x-axis is time. The fine structure in the burst is the scintillation or twinkling—the rays interfere constructively and destructively differently at different frequencies. This pattern provides insights into the turbulence in plasma towards the burst. Credit: Courtesy of V. Ravi/Caltech Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are mysterious flashes of radio waves originating outside our Milky Way galaxy. A team of scientists, jointly led by Caltech postdoctoral scholar Vikram Ravi and Curtin University research fellow Ryan Shannon, has now observed…

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