Science and Technology
Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought

Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it and using his imagination. Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the now 34-year-old Sorto is the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic…

JPL’s WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from JPL’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date…

Doris Tsao Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

credit Jeff Lewis The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected Caltech professor of biology Doris Tsao (BS ’96) as one of 26 new HHMI investigators. Investigators represent some of the nation’s top biomedical researchers…

Caltech’s Planet Hunter: A Conversation with Dimitri Mawet

Associate Professor of Astronomy Dimitri Mawet Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech The star HR 8799 has three planets (b, c, and d) that can be seen with the vortex coronagraph. The 'X' marks the nulled-out star's position.…

New Thin, Flat Lenses Focus Light as Sharply as Curved Lenses

Photo of a high contrast transmitarray lens designed for red light (650nm), and magnification by the lens (inset). The lens is made of over 140 million 360nm-tall amorphous silicon nano-posts. Credit: In press, Elsevier/Nature Communications…

Caltech, JPL Team Captures Movement on Nepal Earthquake Fault Rupture

Using a combination of satellite radar imaging data, GPS data measured in and near Nepal, and seismic observations from instruments around the world, Caltech and…

Public Event Will Celebrate NASA Mission to Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn mission will host the flagship event for its “I C Ceres” space festival at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena on Saturday,…

JPL Tracks Plant Health Worldwide From Outer Space

Artistic representation of an OCO-2 orbit track, covering vegetated areas and measuring Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF). OCO-2 will enable measurements within a narrow swath with…

Four from Caltech Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Marianne Bronner Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech One Caltech professor and three Caltech alumni have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The announcement…

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 of essential chemical products that is both sustainable and affordable. Featuring PhD student and Dow-Resnick Fellow, Anton Toutov, Professors Robert H. Grubbs and Brian M. Stoltz, postdoctoral scholar Wen-Bo “Boger” Liu, and undergrad Kerry Betz,…

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