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12-Mile-High Martian Dust Devil Caught In Act

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 1:35 pm

A Martian dust devil roughly 12 miles (20 kilometers) high was captured winding its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14, 2012 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbite... More »


Fermi Space Telescope Helps Scientists Narrow Search for Dark Matter

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 11:00 am

This dwarf spheroidal galaxy in the constellation Fornax is a satellite of our Milky Way and is one of 10 used in Fermi’s dark matter search. The motions of the galaxy’s stars indicate that it is embedded in a massive halo of dark matter. [Credit: ESO/Digital ... More »


Cosmic ‘Leaf Blower’ Robs Galaxy of Star-Making Fuel

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 1:35 pm

Time is running out for the galaxy NGC 3801, seen in this composite image combining light from across the spectrum, ranging from ultraviolet to radio. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer and other instruments have helped catch the galaxy NGC 3801 in the act of de... More »


Linde + Robinson Lab Recognized by Los Angeles Conservancy

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 8:00 am

  One of Caltech’s oldest buildings, the Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science, is the recipient of a 2012 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award. The building, an astronomy lab built in 1932 that has undergone extensive renovations ... More »


Obituary: Caltech Professor Hardy C. Martel, 85

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 2:00 am

Hardy C. Martel, professor of electrical engineering, emeritus, at Caltech, passed away on March 29 in Pasadena. He was 85. Entering the field at the dawn of the computer age, Martel was an expert on information theory and electric-circuit theory. “He was one ... More »


Alexander Varshavsky Awarded Otto Warburg Medal

Monday, April 2, 2012 | 5:00 pm

  Alexander Varshavsky, Caltech’s Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Cell Biology, has been awarded the Otto Warburg Medal of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). The medal is considered to be the highest German award for bio... More »


JPL’s Exoplanet Science Institute Announces 2012 Carl Sagan Fellows

Monday, April 2, 2012 | 11:05 am

The Sagan Fellowship program, named after the late Carl Sagan, supports talented young scientists in their mission to explore the unknown. Following the path laid out by Sagan, these bright fellows will continue to tread the path, make their own discoveries an... More »


Caltech Offers Online Course with Live Lectures in Machine Learning

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 11:30 am

Anyone anywhere can watch one of Caltech’s most popular courses on machine learning, complete with live lectures, beginning April 3. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the spring term, Yaser Abu-Mostafa, professor of electrical engineering and computer scie... More »


JPL Investigators Capture Image of Dying, Outflowing Star

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 4:05 pm

NASA’s SOFIA telescope and the FORCAST instrument captured this color-composite image of the planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9 (M2-9) showing a dying sun-like star. (NASA/DLR/USRA/DSI/FORCAST team)  Researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared ... More »


Icy Moons through Cassini’s Eyes

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 4:05 pm

Enceladus Plume This raw image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was taken on March 27, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Saturn’s moon Enceladus at approximately 144,281 miles (232,197 kilometers) away. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute These raw... More »


Caltech Legend Robert Sharp Honored by Mars Rover Team

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 11:30 am

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ] If all goes as planned, NASA’s next Mars rover will touch down on the Red Planet in August near the foot of a towering mountain of tremendous geologic interest. Unnamed until now, the three-mile-high layered mountain has been dubbed... More »

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