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Pasadena Unified Preps for the ‘Largest’ Science Fest Ever

Friday, March 24, 2023 | 5:45 am

The annual Pasadena Unified School District Science Fest, which features a wide range of interactive exhibits designed to showcase the latest in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will return this April 22 at John Muir High School. ... More »


NASA’s Webb Spots Swirling, Gritty Clouds on Remote Planet

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 2:54 pm

Researchers observing with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have pinpointed silicate cloud features in a distant planet’s atmosphere. The atmosphere is constantly rising, mixing, and moving during its 22-hour day, bringing hotter material up and pushing colde... More »


Ask a Caltech Expert: AI for Personalized Medicine

Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 5:44 am

As part of Conversations on Artificial Intelligence, a webinar series hosted by the Caltech Science Exchange, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering Azita Emami discusses how her lab incorporates artificial intellig... More »


James Webb Space Telescope Captures Rarely Seen Prelude to Supernova

Friday, March 17, 2023 | 6:04 am

NASA this week pointed out the rare sight of a Wolf-Rayet star – among the most luminous, most massive, and most briefly detectable stars known – one of the first observations made by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in June 2022. Webb shows the star, WR 124,... More »


Ranking Atmospheric Rivers: New Study Finds World of Potential

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 12:14 pm

Atmospheric rivers – vast airborne corridors of water vapor flowing from Earth’s tropics toward higher latitudes – can steer much-needed rain to parched lands. But in extreme form, they can also cause destruction and loss of life, as recently occurred in parts... More »


JPL-ISRO Science Instruments Arrive in India Ahead of 2024 Launch

Friday, March 10, 2023 | 6:37 am

The NISAR Earth science mission has moved a step closer to its 2024 launch. Its science payload of two radar systems, one built by NASA and the other by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and integrated here in Pasadena, recently completed the journ... More »


JPL’s Curiosity Rover Views First ‘Sun Rays’ on Mars

Monday, March 6, 2023 | 11:01 am

Martian sunsets are uniquely moody, but NASA’s Curiosity rover captured one last month that stands out. As the Sun descended over the horizon on Feb. 2, rays of light illuminated a bank of clouds. These “sun rays” are also known as crepuscular rays, from the L... More »


How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 11:06 am

“One of the foundational early advances in computer science that makes our increasingly digital world possible began with a small course taught by Carver Mead at Caltech in the early 1970s”. Mead (BS ’56, MS ’57, PhD ’60), the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor ... More »


Removing Traces of Life in Lab Helps JPL Scientists Study Its Origins

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 3:11 pm

In the Origins and Habitability Lab at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, you can find a world in a test tube – specifically, a simplified simulation of early Earth. By re-creating the conditions that would have been found on our planet roughly 4 billion years ... More »