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NASA/JPL’s InSight Records Monster Quake on Mars

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 6:15 am

NASA / JPL’s InSight Mars lander has detected the largest quake ever observed on another planet: an estimated magnitude 5 temblor that occurred on May 4, 2022, the 1,222nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. “Since we set our seismometer down in December 2018... More »

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Caltech Researcher Explains: What Is the Future of Wind Energy?

Friday, May 6, 2022 | 6:19 am

? Humans have used windmills to capture the force of the wind as mechanical energy for more than 1,300 years. Unlike early windmills, however, modern wind turbines use generators and other components to convert energy from the spinning blades into a smooth flo... More »

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“Black Widow” Star Devours Its Rapidly Circling Companion

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 10:31 am

In black widow star systems, a rapidly spinning dead star, called a pulsar, blasts its orbiting companion with radiation, slowly evaporating it. Like their namesake spiders, the pulsars take advantage of their lower-mass companions before destroying them, by h... More »

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Startup from Caltech Nabs XPRIZE Award

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 5:55 am

Caltech-based startup company Captura, which captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from ocean water to combat climate change, has been awarded $1 million from the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition. Captura was co-founded by Harry Atwater, the Howard Hughes Professor o... More »

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Caltech Launches Merkin Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 5:42 am

Caltech trustee Richard Merkin, MD, founder and chief executive officer of the Heritage Provider Network, has made a generous gift to establish a center for pure and applied mathematics at Caltech. The new Richard N. Merkin Center for Pure and Applied Mathemat... More »

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NASA Extends Exploration for 4 JPL Planetary Science Missions

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 8:09 pm

Following a thorough evaluation, NASA has extended the planetary science missions of eight of its spacecraft due to their scientific productivity and potential to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the solar system and beyond — four of the chosen are he... More »

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Former JPL Employee Set to Become 1st Black Woman on Space Station Crew

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 6:30 pm

Rookie NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, who holds a doctorate from UCLA and previously worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, is set to make aerospace history Wednesday when she launches on a mission that will make her the first Black woman to ever se... More »

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Today’s Electric Vehicles Owe Debt to Caltech Alumni

Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 6:04 am

The future is electric. Caltech faculty members, students, and alumni have known it for generations, which is why electric vehicles have been a focus of research for the Caltech community for decades. Climate consciousness, rising fuel prices, and government s... More »