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Reducing Coincidence with Mathematics: An Interview with Nets Katz
10/17/2013

Reducing Coincidence with Mathematics: An Interview with Nets Katz

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, Nets Katz began pursuing mathematics at an early age, earning a bachelor's degree at the age of 17 and a doctorate at 20. He joined the faculty at Caltech in January 2013.
Sky Survey Captures Key Details of Cosmic Explosions
10/16/2013

Sky Survey Captures Key Details of Cosmic Explosions

Katie Neith
Astronomical surveys have been cataloguing the night sky since the beginning of the 20th century. The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF)—led by Caltech—started searching the skies for certain types of stars and related phenomena in February. Two recent papers by iPTF astronomers describe first-time detections.
Watson Lecture: Let There Be Light: Finding the Earliest Galaxies
10/15/2013

Watson Lecture: Let There Be Light: Finding the Earliest Galaxies

Douglas Smith
Richard S. Ellis, the Steele Family Professor of Astronomy, is on the verge of seeing as far back as it is possible to see—not quite back to the dawn of time itself but to the dawn of the first galaxies. He describes the journey at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
Caltech Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking
10/02/2013

Caltech Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
For the third year in a row, the California Institute of Technology has been rated the world's number one university in the Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics
09/25/2013

Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
A group of researchers at Caltech has created the optical equivalent of a tuning fork—a device that can help steady the electrical currents needed to power high-end electronics and stabilize the signals of high-quality lasers.
Caltech to Offer Online Courses through edX
09/13/2013

Caltech to Offer Online Courses through edX

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
To expand its involvement in online learning, the California Institute of Technology will offer courses through the online education platform edX beginning this October.
Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space
09/12/2013

Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space

Allison Benter
Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. The NASA spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history. Now Voyager 1 is in the space between the stars.
Thirty Meter Telescope Project Partners Sign Master Agreement
07/29/2013

Thirty Meter Telescope Project Partners Sign Master Agreement

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Scientific authorities on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project announced on Friday that they have now signed a master agreement formalizing project goals and providing a governing framework for the international collaboration.
Voyager: Getting to Know the Magnetic Highway
06/27/2013

Voyager: Getting to Know the Magnetic Highway

Kimm Fesenmaier
Since last August, Voyager I has been exploring a distant region just shy of interstellar space, some 11 billion miles away. Now, Voyager scientists, including Caltech's Ed Stone, are sharing what they have learned about the peculiar region known as the "magnetic highway."
Notes from the Back Row: "Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing"
05/10/2013

Notes from the Back Row: "Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing"

Douglas Smith
John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, is hooked on quanta.