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12/12/2013

Massive Galaxy Cluster Verifies Predictions of Cosmological Theory

Cynthia Eller
Caltech/JPL scientists and collaborators have detected for the first time in an individual object a change in the cosmic microwave background caused by its interaction with massive moving objects.
12/09/2013

Stone Receives NASA Award

Brian Bell
Edward C. Stone was awarded a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, presented by television personality Stephen Colbert on the December 3 broadcast of The Colbert Report.
12/02/2013

From Spinning Black Holes to Exploding Stars: A New View of the Energetic Universe

Douglas Smith
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, sees the high-energy X-rays emitted by the densest, hottest regions of the universe. Professor Harrison will describe NuSTAR's unlikely journey and share some of its remarkable results.
11/25/2013

Peering Through the Intergalactic Dust

Cynthia Eller
Where do you go to look at the stars? Away from city lights, certainly. But if you're serious about peering far out into space, to the observable edges of our universe, at submillimeter wavelengths, you have to do a little better than that.
11/21/2013

Himiko and the Cosmic Dawn

Cynthia Eller
Researchers have been using the combined resources of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to probe the primitive nature of Himiko, a distant "space blob."
11/18/2013

A Mathematical Approach to Physical Problems: An Interview with Rupert Frank

Kimm Fesenmaier
"I work in this area called mathematical physics. It involves taking things that we see and observe in nature and trying to explain them mathematically from first principles."
11/14/2013

Interactions in Space: An Interview with Philip Hopkins

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
"I work on a broad range of topics, but basically I like studying how big things form. I study how galaxies form, how stars form, and how supermassive black holes form. Recently, I started studying how planets form"
11/08/2013

John H. Schwarz Wins Physics Frontiers Prize

Cynthia Eller
Schwarz and Michael B. Green of the University of Cambridge were honored for developing superstring theory during their collaboration between 1979 and 1986. The prize comes with a $300,000 award and eligibility for the 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize, which, at $3 million, is one of the largest academic prizes in the world.
11/06/2013

From One Collapsing Star, Two Black Holes Form and Fuse

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Now new findings by Caltech researchers may help to test a model that helps explain the problem of supermassive black holes existing in the early universe—such black holes would have formed less than one billion years after the Big Bang.
10/30/2013

qCraft Introduces Gaming Kids to Quantum Principles

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Finding common ground between schoolchildren and quantum-mechanics researchers is no easy task. After all, understanding quantum mechanics—the physics that governs the behavior of matter and light at the atomic (and subatomic) scale—can be daunting even for some physicists. However, through a recent collaboration with Google, researchers at Caltech have created a new space for this unlikely interaction—in the world of Minecraft, a popular video game.