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Caltech Researchers Find New Clues How HIV Reservoirs May Form

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | 2:19 pm

Much like cities organize contingency plans and supplies for emergencies, chronic infectious diseases like HIV form reservoirs that ensure their survival in adverse conditions. But these reservoirs—small populations of viruses or bacteria of a specific type ... More »

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Caltech Engineers Develop One-way Transmission System for Sound Waves

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 11:29 am

While many hotel rooms, recording studios, and even some homes are built with materials to help absorb or reflect sound, mechanisms to truly control the direction of sound waves are still in their infancy. However, researchers at Caltech have now created the f... More »

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JPL and Chevron Partner to Benefit the Energy Industry

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | 9:28 am

NASA’s JPL  and Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, have announced a partnership to develop a range of advanced technologies that can be used in harsh environments, both on Earth and in space. “We are proud that the same pool of talent that sends rovers to Mars... More »

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Beams Back New Photo

Friday, July 22, 2011 | 5:19 pm

Dawn took this image during its current orbit of Vesta, traveling from the day side to the night side. The large structure near the south pole that showed up so prominently in previous images is visible in the center of the illuminated surface. Compared to oth... More »

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Twisted Tale of our Galaxy’s Ring

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | 10:01 am

New observations from the Herschel Space Observatory show a bizarre, twisted ring of dense gas at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Only a few portions of the ring, which stretches across more than 600 light-years, were known before. Herschel’s view reveals ... More »

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Caltech’s Stolper Elected to Great Britain’s Royal Society

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | 9:53 am

Edward M. Stolper, provost of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and William E. Leonard Professor of Geology, has been named a Foreign Member of Great Britain’s Royal Society. He is one of eight scientists elected in 2011. Stolper’s election br... More »

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NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-up Image of Asteroid Vesta

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 9:21 am

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.   The i... More »

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JPL’s Cassini Spacecraft Captures Images, Sounds of Big Saturn Storm

Thursday, July 7, 2011 | 4:17 am

Caltech scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft now have the first-ever, up-close details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth. On Dec. 5, 2010, Cassini first detected the storm that has been raging ever since. It ap... More »

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JPL’s Spitzer Telescope Finds Distant Galaxies Grazed On Gas

Friday, July 1, 2011 | 4:27 am

Astronomers at Caltech have discovered that galaxies in the distant, early universe continuously ingested their star-making fuel over long periods of time. This goes against previous theories that the galaxies devoured their fuel in quick bursts after run-ins ... More »