Science and Technology
Last Paper of Influential Pasadena Astronomer Unravels 100-Year Old Stellar Mystery

George Gamow and astronomer Walter Adams exchanged a letter that included a hand-drawn figure from Gamow that predated Sandage’s illustration of stellar evolution by 10 years. Image from the Walter Adams Papers at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, Box 25, Folder 25.451. Allan Sandage, Staff Member Emeritus of the Carnegie Observatory in Pasadena, was a tremendously influential figure in the field of astronomy. While…

The Future is Here and Now: 3-Day Space Tech Expo Blasts Off in Pasadena

The Space Tech Expo blasted off Tuesday in Pasadena for the first time, drawing excited technologists and engineers from around the world who are leading a commercial charge into space. The Expo’s move here from…

JPL Scientist Study Helps Explain Sea Ice Differences at Earth’s Poles

Study Helps Explain Sea Ice Differences at Earth's Poles NASA QuikScat data of Antarctic sea ice movementLocation of the southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current front (white contour), with -1 degree Celsius sea surface temperature lines (black…

The Power of Entanglement: A Conversation with New Caltech Professor Fernando Brandao

Fernando Brandão Credit: Courtesy of F. Brandão Computers are a ubiquitous part of modern technology, utilized in smartphones, cars, kitchen appliances, and more. But there are limits to their power. New faculty member Fernando Brandão,…

Caltech Assistant Professor of Biology Yuki Oka Receives McKnight Award

Yuki Oka, assistant professor of biology. Credit: Caltech Yuki Oka, assistant professor of biology, has been named one of six recipients of the 2016 McKnight Scholars Award. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience awards $75,000…

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JPL Open Houses Have Been So Successful, You’ll Need a Ticket to Get In This Year

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will now be requiring tickets for its annual Open House this year after about 45,000 people showed up at the facility…

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When Science Mentors Art, and Art Plays with Science

Performing a staged reading of The Chisera on Earth Day in April are (from left): Lydia Kivrak, Caltech undergraduate astrophysics student; Robert Vestal, an actor with the Native Voices Artists Ensemble at the Autry; and Carrie Ancker, artistic associate at Theater Arts Caltech. Credit: Courtesy of Arden Thomas When Tira Palmquist wrote her play “Two Degrees,” focusing on a female climatologist dealing with personal grief and professional strain, she knew she had to get the science—and the scientist protagonist—just right. Fortunately, the Orange County playwright discovered a ready resource in a four-year-old theater festival called “MACH 33: The Festival of…

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