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Caltech Offers Primers on the Science Behind Elections

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 6:10 am

Democratic processes in the United States, including elections, rely on complex systems and evolving technologies to operate effectively. Caltech political scientists, historians, computational social scientists, and data scientists provide insights that can h... More »

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JPL-Managed Lunar Flashlight Ready to Search for the Moon’s Water Ice

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 4:05 am

Set for a November launch, the small satellite mission will use lasers to search for water ice inside the darkest craters at the Moon’s South Pole. It’s known that water ice exists below the lunar regolith (broken rock and dust), but scientists don’t yet under... More »

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Caltech Mathematicians Solve 19th Century Number Riddle

Monday, October 31, 2022 | 3:43 pm

For the past 175 years, a perplexing feature of numbers first stumbled upon by German mathematician Ernst Kummer has confounded researchers. At one point in the 1950s, this quirky feature of number theory was thought to have been wrong, but then, decades later... More »

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JPL-Managed InSight Lander Detects Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Mars

Friday, October 28, 2022 | 6:02 am

The agency’s lander felt the ground shake during the impact while cameras aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the yawning new crater from space. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory-managed InSight lander recorded a magnitude 4 marsquake last Dec. 24, but ... More »

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Moore Foundation Funds Caltech Research in Experimental Physics

Friday, October 28, 2022 | 5:29 am

Professor of Physics and Rosenberg Scholar Manuel Endres and Professor of Physics David Hsieh are each receiving grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of a new initiative to fund experimental physics investigators. The grants, totaling $1,2... More »

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Edward Stone Retires After 50 Years as JPL Voyager’s Project Scientist

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 10:09 am

Stone’s remarkable tenure on NASA’s longest-operating mission spans decades of historic discoveries and firsts. Edward Stone has retired as the project scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission a half-century after taking on the role. Stone accepted scientific lead... More »

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Why Jet Propulsion Laboratory Is Trying to Crash Land on Mars

Saturday, October 22, 2022 | 5:25 pm

Like a car’s crumple zone, the experimental SHIELD lander is designed to absorb a hard impact. NASA has successfully touched down on Mars nine times, relying on cutting-edge parachutes, massive airbags, and jetpacks to set spacecraft safely on the surface. Now... More »