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JPL News: Black Hole Has Major Flare

Two space telescopes have caught a supermassive black hole in the midst of a giant eruption of X-ray light.

Probing the Mysteries of Europa, Jupiter's Cracked and Crinkled Moon

Rod Pyle
Using data from the W. M. Keck Observatory's OSIRIS spectrometer and maps from NASA's Galileo probe, researchers have mapped what may be salt deposits from the ocean below the ice onto the Jovian moon's surface.
Europa, as imaged by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

Caltech Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter

Kimm Fesenmaier
It is not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet. It is something entirely different and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery related to high-temperature superconductivity.

Astronomers Peer Inside Stars, Finding Giant Magnets

Ker Than
Astronomers have for the first time probed the magnetic fields in the mysterious inner regions of stars, finding they are strongly magnetized.

Feynman's Nobel Year

Douglas Smith
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 electromagnetic field theory.
Richard Feynman

Cassini Begins Its Final Act: A Conversation with Charles Elachi

Ramanuj Basu
In September, the NASA/JPL Cassini mission began the last two years of the Solstice Mission. We recently spoke with JPL director Charles Elachi to gain his unique perspective on Cassini's achievements—and what will come next.

Hitlin Awarded Prestigious Prize for Particle Physics

Lorinda Dajose
Professor of Physics David Hitlin has been awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society.

Physicist David Hsieh Wins Packard Fellowship

Kimm Fesenmaier
Hsieh is one of 18 new fellows identified by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as some of the nation's "most innovative early-career scientists and engineers."

Robotic Astronomer Finds New Home

The world's only robotic adaptive optics system, Robo-AO, is moving to a new home: the 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

Patrick Rall: A Passion for Entanglement

Rod Pyle
During last summer's SURF program at Caltech, undergraduate Patrick Rall worked in quantum information science. This is his second consecutive SURF summer.
SURF participant and Caltech undergraduate Patrick Rall.