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Pasadena Scientist Reveals His Team Has Found the Brightest Object in the Universe From the Dawn of Time

A scientist at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena has been recognized for leading a team that recently found a quasar – an extremely remote celestial object that emits exceptionally large amounts of energy – with the brightest radio emission ever seen from the early universe. Quasars typically have a starlike image in a telescope and have been suggested to contain…

A Conversation with Caltech’s Matt Thomson: How Do Cells Make Decisions?

Credit: Courtesy of Matt Thomson How do cells make decisions to divide, to differentiate, or to work together? For former physicist Matt Thomson, these questions drew him out of physics and into the study of…

Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Cassini Coverage Lands an Emmy Nomination

This artist's rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn's upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated NASA’s Jet Propulsion…

Pasadena, the ‘City of Astronomy,’ Hosts Gathering of International Space Experts

COSPAR meetings feature talks, roundtable discussions, and exhibits on a wide range of space science subjects, including icy worlds in our solar system, such as Jupiter's moon Europa; the search for life beyond Earth; upcoming…

Caltech Researcher Says It’s Possible, for First Time, to Switch Brain Circuits On and Off Without Surgery

Artist concept of neural circuits in the brain. Research from the laboratory of Mikhail Shapiro is showing how neural circuits can be controlled without the need for invasive procedures. Credit: Maayan Harel for Caltech In…

Sunday, July 22

Astronomy Week Will Return to Pasadena This Summer

Astronomy Week is again coming to Pasadena on July 14 to 22, presenting free and family-friendly space-themed events, robotics demonstrations, creative art displays, planetarium shows,…

Saturday, July 28

Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates Will Present “Some Like it Hot: Global Warming: Causes, Impacts and Solutions”

On July 28, 2018 the Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates present the program, “Some Like it Hot, Global Warming: Causes, Impacts and Solutions” at 7:00…

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Shares in Cosmology Prize for Planck Mission

An artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft. Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech The team of scientists behind the European Space Agency’s Planck mission has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, played a key role in the design and construction of the Planck instrument, and in the scientific analysis of the mission’s data. The Gruber International Prize Program is sponsored by the Gruber Foundation, based at Yale University. The Cosmology Prize “honors a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of…

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