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Supernova Caught in the Act by Palomar Transient Factory
05/21/2014

Supernova Caught in the Act by Palomar Transient Factory

Cynthia Eller
The problem with observing supernovae is knowing just when and where one is occurring and being able to point a world-class telescope at it in the hours immediately afterward.
Tricking the Uncertainty Principle
05/15/2014

Tricking the Uncertainty Principle

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech find a way to sidestep the quantum "noise" that limits the precision of ultrasensitive position measurements.
Ditch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!
05/15/2014

Ditch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!

Andrew Allan
During this annual spring rite seniors ditch their classes and vanish from campus, leaving behind complex, carefully planned out puzzles and challenges—known as “stacks”—designed to occupy the underclass students and prevent them from wreaking havoc on the seniors’ rooms.
Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics Established
05/14/2014

Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics Established

Building on Caltech's leading position in fields such as general relativity, astrophysics, quantum computation, superstring theory, elementary particle theory, and condensed matter theory, the new institute will train generations of theoretical physicists.
Walter Burke
50 Years Ago: The First Look at a Dry Mars
05/07/2014

50 Years Ago: The First Look at a Dry Mars

Douglas Smith
In 1964, Caltech astronomy professor Guido Münch and Jet Propulsion Laboratory space scientists Lewis Kaplan and Hyron Spinrad pushed the world's second-largest telescope to its limits and dashed—at least for the next few decades—any hopes of finding liquid water on Mars.
Guido Münch
Mathematician Elected to Royal Society
05/01/2014

Mathematician Elected to Royal Society

Kimm Fesenmaier
Vladimir Markovic, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at Caltech, has been named a fellow of Great Britain's Royal Society. Markovic's election brings to seven the number of fellows and foreign members of the Royal Society currently on the Caltech faculty.
To Supernova or Not to Supernova
05/01/2014

To Supernova or Not to Supernova

Cynthia Eller
Caltech researchers present a three-dimensional model of a rapidly rotating star with a strong magnetic field undergoing the process of collapse and explosion . . . or at least trying to.
Simulating Milliseconds of Stellar Collapse
05/01/2014

Simulating Milliseconds of Stellar Collapse

Cynthia Eller
Christian Ott, professor of theoretical astrophysics at Caltech, formulates scenarios for what happens when massive stars collapse.
Fu, Harrison, and Preskill Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
04/30/2014

Fu, Harrison, and Preskill Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Cynthia Eller
Three professors at Caltech—Gregory Fu, Fiona Harrison, and John Preskill—have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
Cosmic Web Imager Directly Observes "Dim Matter"
04/29/2014

Cosmic Web Imager Directly Observes "Dim Matter"

Cynthia Eller
Caltech astronomers have taken unprecedented images of the intergalactic medium (IGM)—the diffuse gas that connects galaxies throughout the universe—with the Cosmic Web Imager.