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Mathematically Percolating
08/05/2022

Mathematically Percolating

Whitney Clavin
Tom Hutchcroft explains why phase transitions in percolation models are so fascinating.
Tom Hutchcroft
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Decommissioning Receives Final Permits and Selects Contractors
08/02/2022

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Decommissioning Receives Final Permits and Selects Contractors

Caltech has received the necessary permits to begin the physical deconstruction of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) in Hawai‘i.
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Writing in the Language of Math
08/01/2022

Writing in the Language of Math

Whitney Clavin
From chalk to software code, mathematicians and scientists use a variety of methods to express equations and formulas, and they have different ideas about the meaning behind their numerical prose.
Equations written in black on a pink background
Maria Spiropulu to Co-Chair National Academies' Elementary Particle Physics Committee
07/27/2022

Maria Spiropulu to Co-Chair National Academies' Elementary Particle Physics Committee

The National Academies are launching a new study to set a vision for the field of particle physics in the next decade and beyond.
Maria Spiropulu
Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is
07/22/2022

Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is

Whitney Clavin
Physicists Kathryn Zurek and Rana Adhikari discuss one of the biggest mysteries in physics today: quantum gravity.
two people in discussion in front of an outdoor chalkboard
A Guided Tour of a Galactic Quintet
07/21/2022

A Guided Tour of a Galactic Quintet

Whitney Clavin
In this video, Philip Appleton, a staff scientist at Caltech's IPAC astronomy center, walks us through the new JWST image of Stephan's Quintet.
A group of colorful galaxies in space
An Ocean of Galaxies Awaits
07/13/2022

An Ocean of Galaxies Awaits

Whitney Clavin
New COMAP radio survey will peer beneath the "tip of the iceberg" of galaxies to unveil a hidden era of star formation.
Photo of COMAP's radio dish
What Comes After the Higgs Boson
07/04/2022

What Comes After the Higgs Boson

Cynthia Eller
Ten years after the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, Caltech scientists ponder what comes next
Cosmic Radio Pulses Probe Hidden Matter Around Galaxies
07/04/2022

Cosmic Radio Pulses Probe Hidden Matter Around Galaxies

Whitney Clavin
Caltech researchers show that "fast radio bursts" are slowed down by giant unseen halos around nearby galaxies
Halo 5
Behold the Wonder of the Wimshurst Machine
06/29/2022

Behold the Wonder of the Wimshurst Machine

Andrew Moseman
Developed in the 1880s by British inventor James Wimshurst, this spinning contraption generates the same kind of static electricity that makes your hair stand on end.
A round contraption sitting upon an old wooden table