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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.
Patterson Named Sloan Research Fellow
03/01/2013

Patterson Named Sloan Research Fellow

Brian Bell
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Viewing the Cosmos from the South Pole: An Interview with Jamie Bock
02/05/2013

Viewing the Cosmos from the South Pole: An Interview with Jamie Bock

Marcus Woo
Scientists like Jamie Bock are trying to understand what exactly triggered cosmic inflation.
Caltech Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship
02/04/2013

Caltech Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship

Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech senior Andrew Meng has been selected to receive a Churchill Scholarship, which will fund his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge for the next academic year. Meng, a chemistry and physics major, was one of only 14 students nationwide who were chosen to receive the fellowship this year.
Johnson Wins Astronomy Prize
01/24/2013

Johnson Wins Astronomy Prize

Brian Bell
John A. Johnson, assistant professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech, received the 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), in Long Beach, California.
A Cloudy Mystery
01/10/2013

A Cloudy Mystery

Marcus Woo
Near a crowded galactic center, where billowing clouds of gas and dust cloak a supermassive black hole three million times as massive as the sun, one particular cloud has baffled astronomers. Indeed, the cloud defies the rules of star formation.
Watson Lecture: "Physics at the Large Hadron Collider"
01/05/2013

Watson Lecture: "Physics at the Large Hadron Collider"

Douglas Smith
Professor of Physics Harvey Newman has been searching for signs of dark matter, extra dimensions, and the elusive Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. He'll be reporting from the high-energy frontier of particle physics at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
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.