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Rover Mission Now Being Built at JPL will Carry Home a Piece of Mars on 2020 Mission

Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars 2020 rover while it's still on Earth; the other slice will go to Mars onboard the rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency’s…

The Mind Behind the (Insect) Brains, Caltech’s Dr. Michael Dickinson Explores the Brain of the Modern Fly, as it Relates to the Ancient World

Dr. Michael Dickinson and a strobe picture of a fruit fly in free flight. Images, Caltech and Floris van Breugel 400 million years ago, insects evolved the ability to fly, and nothing has been the…

Where in the Universe is Elon Musk’s Tesla? JPL Knows

Tuesday’s maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket had many a jaw-dropping moment, but none more so than Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster sports car being “driven” into space with a mannequin dubbed Starman…

Can Science Fiction Predict the Future?

Caltech Planetary Sciences graduate student Harriet Brettle Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise crouches behind a boulder as a drooling alien fires killer laser beams at him. Kirk turns to the camera…

Local Scientists Create Process Which Allows 3-D Printing of Ultratiny Nanoscale Metal Structures

Caltech graduate student Andrey Vyatskikh shows a square of silicon substrate upon which a 3-D metal structure has been printed. The structure itself is smaller than a speck of dust. Credit: Caltech For the first…

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Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 16X Ready to Roll in Pasadena

Image Courtesy SCALE 16X The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo, the first-of-the-year Linux and Open Source Software expo worldwide, is slated for March 8-11…

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Assistant Professor Returns to Caltech after a Decade at Harvard, Uses Tabletop Approach to Probing Fundamental Laws of Physics

Nick Hutzler, assistant professor of physics at Caltech. Credit: Caltech Nick Hutzler, a new assistant professor of physics, is returning to Caltech after 10 years of probing the fundamental laws of physics at Harvard University. He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Caltech in 2007, then switched to physics, earning his PhD from Harvard in 2014 and completing a postdoctoral fellowship, also at Harvard, in 2017. Hutzler uses tabletop experiments to study the fundamental particles and laws of nature. Unlike particle accelerator experiments, where atoms are smashed together, he uses laser beams to carefully probe atoms and molecules and…

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