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New Type of Black-Hole Explosion Has Astrophysicists Wondering About Its Origin
12/20/2006

New Type of Black-Hole Explosion Has Astrophysicists Wondering About Its Origin

Robert Tindol
Scientists are announcing this week their detection of a June 14 gamma-ray burst that probably signals a hitherto undetected type of cosmic explosion. The hybrid gamma-ray burst probably created a new black hole, but the details of how the explosion occurred are unclear.
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Physicists Set New Record for Network Data Transfer
12/12/2006

Physicists Set New Record for Network Data Transfer

Robert Tindol

An international team of physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers led by the California Institute of Technology, CERN, and the University of Michigan and partners at the University of Florida and Vanderbilt, as well as participants from Brazil (Rio de Janeiro State University, UERJ, and the State Universities of São Paulo, USP and UNESP) and Korea (Kyungpook National University, KISTI) joined forces to set new records for sustained data transfer between storage systems during the SuperComputing 2006 (SC06) Bandwidth Challenge (BWC).

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Engineers Devise New Method of Chemical Vapor Deposition for Smaller Nanostructures
10/17/2006

Engineers Devise New Method of Chemical Vapor Deposition for Smaller Nanostructures

Robert Tindol
Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have invented an ingenious new method for depositing tiny amounts of materials on surfaces. The researchers say that the technique, known as plasmon-assisted chemical vapor deposition, will add a powerful new tool to the existing battery of techniques used to construct microdevices.
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Caltech Professor Receives German Award for Laser Innovations
10/05/2006

Caltech Professor Receives German Award for Laser Innovations

Deborah Williams-Hedges
H. Jeff Kimble, Valentine Professor and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, has been chosen by the German foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung as the initial recipient of its new Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis ("Future Prize").
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New Window of Universe Opens at Griffith; Unprecedented Image from Palomar
10/03/2006

New Window of Universe Opens at Griffith; Unprecedented Image from Palomar

Jill Perry
Caltech scientists have produced the largest astronomical image ever in order to inspire the public with the wonders of space exploration. The image has been reproduced as a giant mural in the new exhibit hall of the landmark Griffith Observatory, which will reopen Nov. 3 after several years of renovation.
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Caltech Physicist Goes Postal with Four Images of Snowflakes for Commemorative Stamps
10/03/2006

Caltech Physicist Goes Postal with Four Images of Snowflakes for Commemorative Stamps

Robert Tindol
Anyone looking for a seasonal postage stamp whose beauty just can't be licked should check out Ken Libbrecht's new Holiday Snowflakes stamps.
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"Champagne Supernova" Challenges Ideas about How Supernovae Work
09/20/2006

"Champagne Supernova" Challenges Ideas about How Supernovae Work

Jill Perry
An international team of astronomers at the California Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a supernova more massive than previously believed possible. This has experts rethinking their basic understanding of how stars explode as supernovae, according to a paper to be published in Nature on September 21.
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Jupiter-Sized Transiting Planet Found by Astronomers Using Novel Telescope Network
09/08/2006

Jupiter-Sized Transiting Planet Found by Astronomers Using Novel Telescope Network

Robert Tindol
Our home solar system may be down by a planet with the recent demotion of Pluto, but the number of giant planets discovered in orbit around other stars continues to grow steadily. Now, an international team of astronomers has detected a planet slightly larger than Jupiter that orbits a star 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Draco.
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Meyerowitz and Lange Awarded Balzan Prize
09/06/2006

Meyerowitz and Lange Awarded Balzan Prize

Jill Perry
California Institute of Technology faculty Andrew Lange and Elliot Meyerowitz have been named Balzan Prizewinners for 2006 by the International Balzan Foundation.
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NSF Awards $11.97 Million to Caltech for Distributed Data Analysis of Neutron Scattering
06/29/2006

NSF Awards $11.97 Million to Caltech for Distributed Data Analysis of Neutron Scattering

Robert Tindol
The National Science Foundation today awarded $11.97 million to the California Institute of Technology for computer software to analyze neutron-scattering experiments. This work could show how to design new materials for a huge variety of applications in transportation, construction, electronics, and space exploration.
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