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The Resnick Sustainability Institute Presents “Element 19: A Breakthrough Discovery in Sustainable Chemistry” Screening and Panel Discussion

The Resnick Sustainability Institute presents a screening of its first short documentary film “Element 19: A Breakthrough Discovery in Sustainable Chemistry” on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, at Caltech’s Lees Kubota Lecture Hall. Element 19 (which is the number for potassium on the periodic table) shines a light on the remarkable Caltech discovery of a renewable potassium-based catalyst that can be used for the manufacture…

This Year’s Caltech Feynman Prize Goes Outside Science to an English Professor

Professor of English Kevin Gilmartin (Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech) This year the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching has been awarded to Professor of English Kevin Gilmartin, who has taught at Caltech for the…

Millionaire NFL Athletes Fumble Financially, Caltech Professor Discovers

In general, our financial lives follow a pattern of spending and saving described by a time-honored model that economists call the life-cycle hypothesis. Most people begin their younger years strapped for cash, earning little money…

A Marathon on Mars Deserves a Marathon at JPL

.  About 90 employees of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ran a marathon-length relay around the facility’s grounds last Thursday (April 9) to celebrate a marathon length of Martian driving on March 24 by the Mars…

New Caltech Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3-D Resolution

A 3D image produced by the new NCI chip. The image, taken from roughly half a meter (1.5 feet) away, shows an angled side view of the penny. (Credit: Ali Hajimiri/Caltech) Imagine you need to…

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Announces More Bad News About California’s Water Supply

Deficit in the total volume of water contained within the Tuolumne River Basin snowpack from this time in 2014 to now. The deeper the red…

JPL Successfully Tests Its Flying Saucer in “Spin” Experiment

Like a gigantic pottery wheel, Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Martian saucer landing craft spun round and round Tuesday as fast as 30 times a minute in…

Huntington Memorial is First San Gabriel Valley Hospital to Offer Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Heart Valves Replacement

The Huntington Hospital TAVR team is led by Dr. Azhil (Alex) Durairaj and Dr. Robbin Cohen. (Photo: Huntington Memorial Hospial) Huntington Memorial Hospital is the…

Caltech Economist Richard Roll Wins Onassis Prize in Finance

Richard Roll, the Linde Institute Professor of Finance at Caltech. (Image: Lance Hayashida/Caltech Office of Strategic Communications) Richard Roll, the Linde Institute Professor of Finance…

Caltech Scientists Say West Antarctic Ice Sheet Will Melt Much Faster Than Previously Thought

Credit: Courtesy Karen Heywood Credit: Courtesy Louise Biddle The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is of particular concern to scientists because it contains enough ice to raise global sea level by up to 16 feet, and its physical configuration makes it susceptible to melting by warm ocean water. Recent studies have suggested that the collapse of certain parts of the ice sheet is inevitable. But will that process take several decades or centuries? Research by Caltech scientists now suggests that estimates of future rates of melt for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet—and, by extension, of future sea-level rise—have been too conservative.…

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