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Caltech-led Researchers Measure Body Temperatures of Dinosaurs

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 4:54 am

Caltech geochemists Rob Eagle (left) and John Eiler display a dinosaur tooth, which was used to determine the body temperature of the extinct creature. [Photo: California Institute of Technology] Were dinosaurs slow and lumbering, or quick and agile? It depend... More »

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Caltech Students Win National and International Prizes

Monday, June 20, 2011 | 8:13 am

Students from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) won a large number of awards this spring, including a Fulbright grant, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, three Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, two Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, a ... More »

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Caltech Scientist Awarded Grant for Plant Research

Friday, June 17, 2011 | 10:53 am

Elliot Meyerowitz, a plant genetics and developmental biology expert at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been awarded one of 15 five-year, $5 million grants for fundamental plant science research. The awards were made by the Howard Hughes ... More »

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Report Details Pasadena-based Spacecraft’s Close Comet Encounter

Friday, June 17, 2011 | 10:34 am

This image of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA’s EPOXI mission flew by around 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT), from a distance of about 435 miles (700 kilometers). [Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD ] Comet Hartley 2’s hyperactive state, as studied by NASA’s EPOXI ... More »

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Caltech Astronomers Find a New Class of Stellar Explosions

Thursday, June 9, 2011 | 9:59 am

They’re bright and blue—and a bit strange. They’re a new type of stellar explosion that was recently discovered by a team of astronomers led by Caltech. Among the most luminous in the cosmos, these new kinds of supernovae could help researchers better unders... More »

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Caltech Professor Slated to Receive Prestigious Award

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 10:02 am

Caltech’s Dr. Hans Hornung, Clarence L. Johnson Professor of Aeronautics, will receive the 2011 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fluid Dynamics Award (AIAA)  at a noon awards luncheon June 29 in Honolulu, the AIAA said in a press release. ... More »

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Muir High School Wins Solar Cup Championship

Saturday, May 28, 2011 | 4:29 am

A team from John Muir High School’s Engineering & Environmental Sciences Academy bested more experienced teams from schools in La Cañada Flintridge, Arcadia, La Puente and Duarte to win the regional championship at the annual Solar Cup race held at Lake Skinn... More »

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Improving Health Assessments with a Single Cell

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 6:08 am

There’s a wealth of health information hiding in the human immune system. Accessing it, however, can be very challenging, as the many and complex roles that the immune system plays can mask the critical information that is relevant to addressing specific healt... More »

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NASA Concludes Attempts to Contact Mars Rover Spirit

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 6:02 am

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010. A transmission that will end on Wednesday, May 25, will be the last in a series of attempts. Extensive communications activi... More »

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JPL’s Cassini and Telescope See Violent Saturn Storm

Friday, May 20, 2011 | 4:04 pm

Jet Propulsion Laboratories’ NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground- based telescope have tracked the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere that is so powerful it stretches around the entire planet. ... More »

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NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer Helps Confirm Nature of Dark Energy

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 3:54 pm

A five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies, stretching back seven billion years in cosmic time, has led to one of the best independent confirmations that dark energy is driving our universe apart at accelerating speeds. The survey used data from NASA’s space-based... More »