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Cosmic Clumpy Doughnuts Surround Black Holes
01/06/2016

Cosmic Clumpy Doughnuts Surround Black Holes

Scientists at Caltech and JPL have discovered that black holes are surrounded by clumpy rings of gas and dust.
15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech
12/14/2015

15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech

Lorinda Dajose
Here are 15 stories highlighting a few of the discoveries, methods, and technologies that came to life at Caltech in 2015.
How to Power Jet-Driven Supernovae
11/30/2015

How to Power Jet-Driven Supernovae

Kimm Fesenmaier
New simulations show how a dynamo in collapsed massive stars can build the strong magnetic fields needed to power extremely energetic blasts.
Dark Matter Dominates in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy
11/18/2015

Dark Matter Dominates in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy

Lorinda Dajose
A Caltech researcher has measured what could be the highest concentration of dark matter in any known galaxy.
Simon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
11/12/2015

Simon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathy Svitil
The mathematics and theoretical physics professor has been awarded the 2016 Leroy Steele Prize by the American Mathematical Society.
Barry Simon
Two Alumni Awarded Breakthrough Prize
11/10/2015

Two Alumni Awarded Breakthrough Prize

Lorinda Dajose
Two Caltech alumni, Arthur McDonald (PhD '70) and Ian Agol (BS '92), have been named recipients of 2016 Breakthrough Prize awards.
Celebrating 50 Years of Infrared Astronomy
11/03/2015

Celebrating 50 Years of Infrared Astronomy

Douglas Smith
Fifty years ago, Caltech and its self-styled Infrared Army of experimental physicists and astronomers helped to found the discipline of infrared astronomy.
Elachi to Retire as JPL Director
10/28/2015

Elachi to Retire as JPL Director

Charles Elachi has announced his intention to retire as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 30, 2016 and move to campus as professor emeritus. A national search is underway to identify his successor.
JPL News: Black Hole Has Major Flare
10/27/2015

JPL News: Black Hole Has Major Flare

Two space telescopes have caught a supermassive black hole in the midst of a giant eruption of X-ray light.
Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter
10/26/2015

Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter

Kimm Fesenmaier
It is not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet. It is something entirely different and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery related to high-temperature superconductivity.