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Caltech Professors Awarded 2015 Sloan Fellowships

(Left to right): Viviana Gradinaru, Mitchell Guttman, Xinwen Zhu, Heather Knutson, and Gregg Hallinan. Photo courtesy CALTECH Five Caltech faculty members have been named among the 2015 class of Sloan Research Fellows. The fellowships, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, honor “early-career scientists whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.” This year, 126 young scientists were…

Caltech Alum’s Company Determined to Make Affordable, At-home 3-D Printing a Reality Now

Imagine you have an idea for a new object—say, a custom phone case that perfectly molds to your hand or a cupholder that attaches to your laptop. Then, an hour later, a tangible plastic version…

Amazing! JPL Space Telescope Spies Galaxy Cluster Smiling a Universal Happy Face

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy cluster, SDSS J1038+4849, that appears to have two eyes and a nose as part of a happy face. Image credit: NASA/ESA An upbeat-looking galaxy…

National Academy of Engineering Adds Two JPL Members

Newly elected to the National Academy of Engineering are JPL's Dan Goebel (left) and Graeme Stephens (right). Image credit: JPL Two researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been elected to the…

Caltech Couple Invents Solution to Age-Old Problem, ‘Honey, You Left the Toilet Seat Up Again!’

Alex Pai and Betty Wong. Photo credit Betty Wong Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but it isn’t always paradise between couples, especially when one partner leaves the toilet seat up. That’s why California…

Six from Caltech Elected to National Academy of Engineering

(Clockwise from top left) Harry Atwater, Mory Gharib, Dan Goebel, Graeme Stephens, Robert Grubbs, Ravi Ravichandran. Photo credit: CALTECH Six members of the Caltech community—Caltech…

The Sky Is the Limit: $7.8 Million Gift to Caltech will Support Aerospace Innovation

Through three gifts to Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), investor and philanthropist Foster Stanback and his wife, Coco, aim to help the…

Caltech’s Laser Pioneer Charles H. “Charlie” Townes Dies at 99

Charles H. Townes (Credit: From the Caltech Archives image collection.) Laser pioneer Charles H. “Charlie” Townes (PhD ’39), a life member of the Caltech Board…

Huntington Medical Research Institutes Names New President and Chief Scientist

  “I’m greatly honored to have been appointed president of an organization that has such a storied past and such a brilliant future,” said Dr.…

Pasadena Scientists Catch “One of the Biggest Mysteries in the Universe” In The Act

  This schematic illustration shows CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope receiving the polarized signal from the new fast radio burst. (Image: Swinburne Astronomy Productions) Fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from an unknown source in space. They are a mysterious phenomenon that last only a few milliseconds, and until now they have not been observed in real time. An international team of astronomers, including three from Pasadena’s Carnegie Observatories, has for the first time observed a fast radio burst happening live. Their work is published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. There is a great…

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