Clean Water For Nepal

As members of Caltech's Engineering Without Borders chapter, a group of Caltech undergraduates are working together this summer to build and implement a gravity flow and slow-sand water filtration system that could provide a reliable supply of clean water for about 100 households.

Mosquitoes Use Smell to See Their Hosts

Mosquitoes use olfactory, visual, and thermal clues to hunt down a human host for their next meal—and avoiding their annoying bites might be next to impossible, a recent Caltech study says.

Alone in the Darkness: Mariner 4 to Mars, 50 Years Later

July 14 marks 50 years of visual reconnaissance of the solar system by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), beginning with Mariner 4's flyby of Mars in 1965.

Distant Black Hole Wave Twists Like Giant Whip

Magnetic waves from a black hole are set in motion like whips being jerked from side to side.

JPL News: Searing Sun Seen in X-rays

NASA's NuSTAR telescope has captured high-energy X-rays coming from active regions across the sun.

Sniffing Out Answers: A Conversation with Markus Meister

Biologist Markus Meister explains some of the flaws in a highly publicized paper that came out last year claiming that humans can distinguish at least a trillion smells.

New VP for Student Affairs Named

After serving the last six years as the dean of graduate studies, Joseph Shepherd (PhD '81), the C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and professor of mechanical engineering, is taking on a new leadership role as the vice president for student affairs.

Understanding Monsoons

The Linde Center's latest workshop—entitled "Monsoons: Past, Present, and Future" and co-led by monsoon researcher Simona Bordoni, assistant professor of environmental science and engineering at Caltech—was focused on understanding how monsoons have changed and how they will change in the future.

Katz Receives Prestigious Award for Mathematics

Caltech professor of mathematics Nets Katz has received the 2015 Clay Research Award from the Clay Mathematics Institute. The award was given jointly to Katz and an MIT collaborator for their solution of the Erdős distance problem and for "other joint and separate contributions to combinatorial incidence geometry."

Better Memory with Faster Lasers

By studying the effect of femtosecond laser pulses on the types of materials used to make DVDs, Caltech researchers made a discovery that could one day lead to better information storage in computers.

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