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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.
Jamie Bock
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.
Knutson Wins Award
01/24/2013

Knutson Wins Award

Brian Bell
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Heather Knutson
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.
Planets Abound
01/02/2013

Planets Abound

Marcus Woo
Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But you're also seeing planets—billions and billions of them. At least. That's the conclusion of a new study by Caltech astronomers that provides yet more evidence that planetary systems are the cosmic norm.
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.
Jason Alicea in front of a chalkboard
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.