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Planets Abound
01/02/2013

Planets Abound

Marcus Woo
Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But you're also seeing planets—billions and billions of them. At least. That's the conclusion of a new study by Caltech astronomers that provides yet more evidence that planetary systems are the cosmic norm.
From Theory to Reality: An Interview with Jason Alicea
12/19/2012

From Theory to Reality: An Interview with Jason Alicea

Marcus Woo
Quantum computers have been touted as the next leap in technology. Although useful quantum-computing technology is probably years—and possibly decades—away, physicists like Jason Alicea are working hard to make it a reality.
A Close Encounter of the First Kind
12/13/2012

A Close Encounter of the First Kind

Douglas Smith
A new era in planetary science began in 1962, when Mariner 2 and the 200-inch Hale telescope simultaneously took a close look at Venus.
Caltech-Led Astronomers Discover Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn
12/12/2012

Caltech-Led Astronomers Discover Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn

Marcus Woo
A team of astronomers led by Caltech has used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to discover seven of the most primitive and distant galaxies ever seen.
Kimble to Receive Physics Award
12/06/2012

Kimble to Receive Physics Award

Brian Bell
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The Miracle and Beauty of Physics: An Interview with Cliff Cheung
12/05/2012

The Miracle and Beauty of Physics: An Interview with Cliff Cheung

Marcus Woo
Cliff Cheung—who joined Caltech this fall as an assistant professor of theoretical physics—also plays guitar and piano, sings, and writes music. He recently answered a few questions about coming to Caltech and his passion for physics.
A Sky Full of Planets
11/27/2012

A Sky Full of Planets

Ann Motrunich
The confirmed count of planets in other solar systems has skyrocketed to more than 850, plus thousands of identified candidates. The opportunity to characterize so many solar systems has brought together Caltech planetary scientists and astronomers, who are forming a Center for Planetary Astronomy.
High-Energy Physicists Smash Records for Network Data Transfer
11/21/2012

High-Energy Physicists Smash Records for Network Data Transfer

Marcus Woo
Physicists led Caltech have smashed yet another series of records for data-transfer speed. The international team of high-energy physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers reached a transfer rate of 339 gigabits per second.
Diving Into the Unknown: An Interview with Andrei Faraon
11/13/2012

Diving Into the Unknown: An Interview with Andrei Faraon

Kimm Fesenmaier
This fall, Andrei Faraon (BS '04) returned to his alma mater to take a position as an assistant professor of applied physics and materials science. In his work, he builds devices that attempt to use light to manipulate single quantum systems in solids.
Caltech Faculty Named AMS Fellows
11/01/2012

Caltech Faculty Named AMS Fellows

Marcus Woo
Nine members of Caltech's faculty have been named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).