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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.
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.