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NASA’s NuSTAR Ships to Vandenberg for March 14 Launch

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 9:35 am

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, mission is seen here being lowered into its shipping container at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va. The spacecraft is headed to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California, where it will be... More »


Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 12:05 pm

This mosaic of images taken in mid-January 2012 shows the windswept vista northward (left) to northeastward (right) from the location where NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is spending its fifth Martian winter, an outcrop informally named “Greeley Hav... More »


Caltech’s Eco-Friendly Linde + Robinson Laboratory Opens

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 7:00 am

The Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science was officially dedicated with a research symposium and ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The research symposium featured John H. Seinfeld, Louis E. Nohl Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineeri... More »


Heather Knutson Receives AAS Cannon Award in Astronomy

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 4:30 pm

Caltech assistant professor of planetary science Heather Knutson has been named the recipient of this year’s Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The award is given for outstanding research and promise for future r... More »


Cassini Sees the Two Faces of Titan’s Dunes

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 8:05 am

Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show that the sizes and patterns of dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan vary as a function of altitude and latitude. A new analysis of radar data from NASA’s Cassini mission, in partnership with the European Space Agency and the It... More »


Caltech Neuroscientists Find That Status within Groups Can Affect IQ

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 1:00 am

  Our cognitive abilities and decision-making skills can be dramatically hindered in social settings where we feel that we are being ranked or assigned a status level, such as classrooms and work environments, according to new findings from a team of researche... More »


AAS Honors John Johnson for Observational Astronomical Research

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 2:30 pm

John Johnson, assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech, has been named the recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s 2012Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in observational astronomical research based on measuremen... More »


Winners of the Doris S. Perpall SURF Speaking Competition Announced

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 12:30 pm

Seven finalists, named the best speakers out of 290 who presented their research on SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) Seminar Day in October, competed in the  third and final round of the Doris S. Perpall SURF Speaking Competition on January 19.... More »


S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Gives $25 Million to Caltech

Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 1:00 am

With an interest in enhancing the living and learning environment at Caltech, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has pledged $25 million to support campus life and outreach programs. The focus of the five-year gift, in accordance with the wishes of the Foundati... More »


NASA Sees Repeating La Niña Hitting its Peak

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 2:35 pm

The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA’s Jason-2 satellite shows that the current La Niña is peaking in intensity. Yellows and reds indicate areas where sea surface height is higher than normal (due to warm water), while blues ... More »