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Birth of a Black Hole
05/03/2013

Birth of a Black Hole

Marcus Woo
According to a new analysis by astrophysicist Tony Piro at Caltech, just before a black hole forms, the dying star may generate a distinct burst of light that will allow astronomers to witness the birth of a new black hole for the first time.
Brown, Farley, and Seinfeld Elected to National Academy of Sciences
05/02/2013

Brown, Farley, and Seinfeld Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Kimm Fesenmaier
Based on their distinguished achievements in original research, three Caltech professors—Mike Brown, Ken Farley, and John Seinfeld—are among the newly elected members and foreign associates.
Bruno Named SIAM Fellow
04/23/2013

Bruno Named SIAM Fellow

Brian Bell
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) named Oscar P. Bruno, professor of applied and computational mathematics at Caltech, as a member of its 2013 Class of Fellows. Bruno is one of 33 fellows selected by SIAM for "exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community," according to the organization. "Through their contributions, the 2013 Class of Fellows is helping advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science," the organization stated in a March 29 press release.
Astronomers Discover Massive Star Factory in Early Universe
04/17/2013

Astronomers Discover Massive Star Factory in Early Universe

Marcus Woo
A team of astronomers, which includes several from Caltech, has discovered a dust-filled, massive galaxy churning out stars when the cosmos was a mere 880 million years old—making it the earliest starburst galaxy ever observed.
Mission to a Martian Moon
04/08/2013

Mission to a Martian Moon

Marcus Woo
The mission: travel to one of Mars's two moons, explore its surface, collect some rocks, and return to Earth in one piece. Now plan it—in five days. Dozens of students from Caltech and around the world converged on campus recently to do just that.
Watson Lecture: "Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing"
04/02/2013

Watson Lecture: "Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing"

Douglas Smith
John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, is himself deeply entangled in the quantum world. Different rules apply there, and objects that obey them are now being made in our world, as he explains at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
Fifty Years of Quasars
03/15/2013

Fifty Years of Quasars

Douglas Smith
In a paper published on March 16, 1963, Caltech astronomer Maarten Schmidt announced the discovery of the first quasar (he didn't call it that) and opened a new window through which we can see the very distant universe.
Two Decades of Discoveries
03/15/2013

Two Decades of Discoveries

Marcus Woo
This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of inaugural observations of the 10-meter telescope at W. M. Keck Observatory.
Bursts of Star Formation in the Early Universe
03/13/2013

Bursts of Star Formation in the Early Universe

Marcus Woo
Galaxies have been experiencing vigorous bursts of star formation from much earlier in cosmic history than previously thought, according to new observations by a Caltech-led team.
Astronomers Observe Planets Around Another Star Like Never Before
03/12/2013

Astronomers Observe Planets Around Another Star Like Never Before

Marcus Woo
Thanks to a new high-tech gadget, astronomers have observed four planets orbiting a star relatively close to the sun in unprecedented detail, revealing the roughly ten-Jupiter-mass planets to be among the most exotic ones known.