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New study explains motions of the Emerson fault in the years following the Landers earthquake
11/26/1998

New study explains motions of the Emerson fault in the years following the Landers earthquake

Robert Tindol
For geophysicists, the 7.3–magnitude Landers earthquake of June 28, 1992 has yielded much in terms of understanding the basic mechanisms of seismic events. A new study appearing in this week's Science provides a new model to explain why the ground near the fault gradually shifted the first few years after the main shock. The work could be used in the future for the analysis of earthquake hazard.?
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David Goodstein Awarded 1999 Oersted Medal
10/27/1998

David Goodstein Awarded 1999 Oersted Medal

Sue McHugh
he California Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that David Goodstein has been awarded the 1999 Oersted Medal by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The medal is to be presented at the Association's annual meeting in Anaheim next year.
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Caltech physicists achieve first bona fide quantum teleportation
10/22/1998

Caltech physicists achieve first bona fide quantum teleportation

Robert Tindol
Physicists at the California Institute of Technology, joined by an international collaboration, have succeeded in the first true teleportation of a quantum state. Caltech physicists achieve first bona fide quantum teleportation October 1998 98
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Galileo data shows Jupiter's lightning associated with low-pressure regions
10/13/1998

Galileo data shows Jupiter's lightning associated with low-pressure regions

Robert Tindol

Images of Jupiter's night side taken by the Galileo spacecraft reveal that the planet's lightning is controlled by the large-scale atmospheric circulation and is associated with low-pressure regions.

Crust of Tibetan Plateau is being squeezed by India and Asia, new study shows
09/04/1998

Crust of Tibetan Plateau is being squeezed by India and Asia, new study shows

Robert Tindol
Geophysicists have discovered why there are high plains and mountains in the Himalayas for trekkers to trek on. According to new data, the soft crust of the Tibetan Plateau is being squeezed like an accordion between the harder crusts of India and Asia.
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Tom Apostol Wins Trevor Evans Award
09/01/1998

Tom Apostol Wins Trevor Evans Award

Sue McHugh
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Thomas Tombrello named Caltech PMA division chair
07/15/1998

Thomas Tombrello named Caltech PMA division chair

Robert Tindol

The California Institute of Technology Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of physics professor Thomas A. Tombrello chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.

Physics student wins acclaim for new theory of neutron-star spin
06/16/1998

Physics student wins acclaim for new theory of neutron-star spin

Robert Tindol
When you're beginning a career in cosmology, it's only fitting to start with a bang.?That's what Ben Owen will do now that he has his doctorate in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Not only did Owen win the annual Clauser Prize for the best Caltech dissertation at the June 12 commencement, but his work has also been the subject of an international symposium. In September, he'll fly to Germany for a new job at the Albert Einstein Institute (where the symposium was held) as a postdoctoral researcher.?
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Gamma-ray Burst Found To Be Most Energetic Event in Universe
05/06/1998

Gamma-ray Burst Found To Be Most Energetic Event in Universe

Robert Tindol

A team of astronomers from the California Institute of Technology announced today that a recently detected cosmic gamma-ray burst was as bright as the rest of the universe, releasing a hundred times more energy than previously theorized.

Geophysicists model the Cretaceous motions of Australia
05/03/1998

Geophysicists model the Cretaceous motions of Australia

Robert Tindol

The theory of plate tectonics says that Earth's crust has moved horizontally by thousands of miles over millions of years. For visual evidence, one need look no further than a map showing how nicely South America and Africa fit together.