Science and Technology
Caltech Receives $100 Million Gift — Second Largest in Institute’s History

Gordon (PhD ’54) and Betty Moore. Credit: Courtesy of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Trustees Gordon (PhD ’54) and Betty Moore have pledged $100 million to Caltech, the second-largest single contribution in the Institute’s history. With this gift, they have created a permanent endowment and entrusted the choice of how to direct the funds to the Institute’s leadership —providing lasting resources coupled with uncommon…

Caltech Undergrads Create Clean Water for Nepal

Gordon Treweek and Webster Guan collecting topographical data at the Bimal Dhara spring site. Credit: EWB-Caltech On the steep, tea-covered hillsides of Ilam in eastern Nepal, where 25 percent of households live below the poverty…

A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed Up Wearables

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a technology that could reduce the power needed to send information from wearable devices. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Whether you’re tracking your…

Caltech: Good Vibrations

Michael Shapiro (left) and Doris Tsao. Photo by HC Van Urfalian For their 1966 song, “Good Vibrations,” the Beach Boys assembled an unusual mix of instruments—including a jaw harp, a cello, and an Electro-Theremin—to produce…

New Caltech Study Reveals Mosquitoes Use Smell to “See” Their Hosts

To find a human host, mosquitoes face the challenging task of integrating sensory cues that are separated in space and time. This sensory integration happens as a result of their multi-pronged strategy, which begins with…

Pasadena’s EvoRx Technologies Completes Year-long Collaboration with Major Global Biopharmaceutical

Pasadena-based biotechnology company EvoRx Technologies has completed a year-long research collaboration with the global biopharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca aimed at improving drug delivery to treat patients…

Caltech Scientists Say Distant Black Hole Wave Twists Like Giant Whip

Cartoon of an Alfven S-wave traveling down an astrophysical jet. The jet is a conical plasma flow launched by a black hole, with a helical…

Sniffing Out Answers: A Conversation with Markus Meister

Markus Meister, the Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences. Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech Blindfolded and asked to distinguish between a rose and,…

Caltech Honors Innovators with Significant CO2 Reduction Technologies

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has honored five innovators with creative solutions to cutting CO2 emissions. Recognizing the need for substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions…

New Caltech Dean of Graduate Studies Named

Credit: Bob Paz On July 1, 2015, Doug Rees, the Roscoe Gilkey Dickinson Professor of Chemistry, will begin serving as the new dean of graduate studies at Caltech. “Doug’s experience and concern with graduate education make him an ideal choice for dean of graduate studies. I am very pleased that he is willing to make this commitment to the Institute and its students,” says Anneila Sargent, vice president for student affairs and the Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy. As the new dean, Rees will be the principal administrator and representative of Caltech’s graduate education program, responsible for attending to…

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