Science and Technology
Now JPL is Issuing Daily Weather Reports for Mars

The white east- and west-facing booms - called Temperature and Wind for InSight, or TWINS - on the deck of NASA's InSight lander belong to its suite of weather sensors. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said the public can now get a daily weather report – at least in terms of temperature, wind and air pressure – from Mars, courtesy of NASA’s…

In Colliding Galaxies, Pasadena Researchers Find a Pipsqueak Shining Bright

Bright green sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an optical-light image of the Whirlpool galaxy (in the center of the image) and its companion galaxy, M51b (the bright…

Dietary Fiber Helps Clump Material in Your Gut

Particles in the small intestinal fluid of mice are seen here in 3D. The mice were fed a standard diet. Credit: Caltech/Ismagilov Lab/A. Preska Steinberg Food, microbes, and medicine all clump together as they move…

Caltech, MIT Awarded $20.4 Million to Upgrade Project That Detected Ripples in Space and Time

Engineers installing Advanced LIGO upgrades. Credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), an NSF-funded project that made history in…

JPL Bids Goodbye to Rover “Opportunity”

An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Two rovers were launched in 2003 and arrived at sites on Mars in January 2004. Each rover was built to have…

Wednesday, February 27

Caltech Professor, Nobel Prize Winner Talks Wormholes and Time Travel

Dr. Kip Thorne, co-recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics and the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at Caltech, will present…

Saturday, March 16

KPCC, SCPR to Honor Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances H. Arnold at 2019 Gala

  On Saturday, March 16, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and KPCC will host its 2019 Gala, honoring Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances H. Arnold. Dr.…

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Nobel Prize-Winning Frances Arnold Now Earns 2019 Bower Award for Achievement in Science

Chemical engineer Frances Arnold Credit: Caltech “We rely on the modern chemical industry to bring us everything from prescription drugs to paper, but making these products often involves toxic chemicals and costly, energy-hungry processes.” While enzymes—biological catalysts made of protein—have long been proposed as a potential green solution for chemical manufacturing, engineering useful enzymes has proved immensely difficult. In the early 1990s, Frances H. Arnold, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, found a solution in a method known as directed evolution that she developed for creating new and useful versions of enzymes. Her research revolutionized enzyme…

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