Why Did Western Europe Dominate the Globe?

For centuries, the countries of western Europe colonized and conquered much of the rest of the world; Caltech's Philip Hoffman has a new explanation for why history unfolded in this way.

New, Ultrathin Optical Devices Shape Light in Exotic Ways

Caltech engineers have created flat devices capable of manipulating light in ways that are very difficult or impossible to achieve with conventional optical components.

Seeing Quantum Motion

Even large objects obey quantum physics, meaning they are never quite at rest. Caltech researchers have developed a way to detect—and manipulate—this underlying quantum motion.

Gharib Addresses Youths at U.S. Citizenship Ceremony

On Wednesday, August 26, Caltech Vice Provost Mory Gharib welcomed 80 mostly high school-age young people who were at Caltech for a U.S. Citizenship ceremony. The ceremony, which was organized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and hosted by Caltech, recognizes young people who obtained citizenship through their parents.

Caltech Chemists Solve Major Piece of Cellular Mystery

A team led by Caltech's André Hoelz has solved the architecture of the nuclear pore complex's complicated inner ring, a subcomplex that is central to the cellular machine's function. In the process, they disproved many previously held ideas about how the inner ring works.

Artificial Leaf Harnesses Sunlight for Efficient Fuel Production

A new solar fuel generation system, or artificial leaf, developed by researchers at JCAP safely creates fuel from sunlight and water with record-setting efficiency and stability.

After a Half Century, the Exotic Pentaquark Particle is Found

In July, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) reported the discovery of the pentaquark, a long-sought particle first predicted to exist in the 1960s by Caltech's Murray Gell-Mann.

Crush, the RoboSub, Places in International Competition

The Caltech Robotics Team placed fourth in the 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition.

Physicist Charles A. Barnes Dies

Charles A. Barnes, professor of physics, emeritus, at Caltech and an expert in the study of both the weak nuclear force—one of the fundamental forces of nature—and of the nuclear reactions that produce the majority of the elements in our universe, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015. He was 93.

Student Biosciences Innovator Named International Research Fellow

Nathan Belliveau has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellow.


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