Explaining Saturn's Great White Spots

Weight of water molecules may be key to formation of its giant storms.

An Earthquake Warning System in Our Pockets?

Smartphones could contribute to early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to a new study.

Oka Awarded Grant for "Exceptional Young Scientists"

Yuki Oka, an assistant professor of biology, has been named a 2015 Searle Scholar. Fifteen scholars are named annually, each receiving $100,000 per year for three years.

Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut

New research in mice shows that certain gut bacteria help produce serotonin in the intestine—which may be a crucial step in the prevention and treatment of some diseases.

Faraon Receives CAREER Grant from National Science Foundation

Andrei Faraon (BS '04) has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is the NSF's most prestigious award for junior faculty members.

Two Caltech Seniors Win Hertz Fellowships

Caltech seniors Adam Jermyn and Charles Tschirhart have been named 2015 Hertz Fellowship winners. Selected from a pool of approximately 800 applicants, the awardees will receive up to five years of support for their graduate studies.

New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3-D Resolution

New imaging technology fits on a tiny chip and, from a distance, can form a high-resolution three-dimensional image of an object on the scale of micrometers.

Caltech Space Challenge: Mission to an Asteroid in Lunar Orbit

Thirty two students from around the world converged on campus to test their space mission design skills. Their task? To design the best manned mission to an asteroid placed in orbit around the moon . . . in just five days.

New NSF-Funded Physics Frontiers Center Expands Hunt for Gravitational Waves

A $14.5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will help with the creation and operation of a multi-institution Physics Frontiers Center.

A Molecular Arms Race: The Immune System Versus HIV

Finding an anti-AIDS vaccine remains an elusive goal—partly because the HIV virus quickly mutates to evade the vaccine's antibodies. In a Watson Lecture on April 1, Caltech's Pamela J. Bjorkman will describe ways to neutralize that mutational advantage.


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