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Caltech Biologists Discover a New System for Color Vision

Friday, April 15, 2016 | 6:55 am

The swirling skies of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night illustrate a mystery that has eluded biologists for more than a century — why do we perceive the color blue in the dimly lit night sky? A newly discovered mechanism of color vision in mice might help answer... More »

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Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 11:00 am

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farth... More »

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Engineering Made Fun: JPL’s Annual Invention Challenge

Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 11:43 pm

Slingshots, catapults and launchers packed the outside mall area at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on Friday, Dec. 4, as local middle- and high-school students, and JPL employees competed in the annual JPL Invention Challenge. Twenty... More »

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Tracking Down the “Missing” Carbon From the Martian Atmosphere

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 1:04 pm

Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere—one that is far too thin to prevent large amounts of water on the surface of the planet from subliming or evaporating. But many researchers have suggested that the planet was once shrouded in an atm... More »

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Caltech Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 12:49 pm

A team of physicists led by Caltech’s David Hsieh has discovered an unusual form of matter—not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different. This phase, characterized by an unusual ordering of electrons, offers poss... More »

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Feynman’s Nobel Year

Friday, October 23, 2015 | 11:11 am

Fifty years ago on October 21, 1965, Caltech’s Richard Feynman shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. The three independently brokered workable marriages between 20th-century quantum mechanics and 19th-century electroma... More »

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NASA-JPL Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars

Monday, September 28, 2015 | 11:08 am

New findings from JPL’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where ... More »

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Ceres’ Bright Spots Seen in Striking New Detail

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 11:09 am

The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. These closest-yet views of Occator crater, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel, give scientists a deeper perspective on these ve... More »

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Hillsides Names New Division Director for Campus-Based Services

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 2:55 pm

Hillsides, a premier provider of child welfare services in Los Angeles County, is pleased to announce that James Gibson has been named the new division director for campus-based services at the agency’s Pasadena headquarters. In this position, Gibson, who is a... More »