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Physicists create first nanometer-scale mechanical charge detector
03/12/1998

Physicists create first nanometer-scale mechanical charge detector

Robert Tindol
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ACE Satellite Now In Place Between Earth and Sun; Will Seek To Determine What Sun Is Made Of
02/03/1998

ACE Satellite Now In Place Between Earth and Sun; Will Seek To Determine What Sun Is Made Of

Robert Tindol
ACE satellite will be a benefit to weather forecasters in predicting solar flares as well as to astrophysicists in understanding the nature of the universe.
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Black Hole That Periodically Ejects Its Inner Disk As Jets Discovered
01/07/1998

Black Hole That Periodically Ejects Its Inner Disk As Jets Discovered

Robert Tindol

Astronomers observing a disk of matter spiralling into a black hole in our galaxy have discovered that the black hole periodically hurls the inner portion of the disk into space as jets travelling at near the speed of light.

Caltech Astrophysicist Charles Steidel Receives $500,000 Packard Foundation Fellowship
10/23/1997

Caltech Astrophysicist Charles Steidel Receives $500,000 Packard Foundation Fellowship

Robert Tindol
A Caltech astrophysicist who searches for the oldest and most distant structures in the universe has been named a recipient of a $500,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Caltech Astrophysicist Charles Steidel Receives $500,000 Packard Foundation Fellowship October 1997 97
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Astronomers Detect Relativistically Expanding Clouds Around the May 8 Gamma-Ray Burst
09/17/1997

Astronomers Detect Relativistically Expanding Clouds Around the May 8 Gamma-Ray Burst

Robert Tindol
Astrophysicists still don't know what caused the gamma-ray burst of May 8, but they now have a size and rate of expansion for its remnant "fireball" to add to the location and distance.
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Possible Planet-Forming Disk imaged by Caltech Radio Astronomers
08/06/1997

Possible Planet-Forming Disk imaged by Caltech Radio Astronomers

A giant disk of gas and dust over 10 times the size of our own solar system has been detected rotating around a young star in the constellation of Auriga. Possible Planet-Forming Disk imaged by Caltech Radio Astronomers August 1997 97
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Big Bear Observatory Telescopes and Dome To Be Named In Honor of Longtime Director Hal Zirin
06/30/1997

Big Bear Observatory Telescopes and Dome To Be Named In Honor of Longtime Director Hal Zirin

Big Bear Observatory Telescopes and Dome To Be Named In Honor of Longtime Director Hal Zirin June 1997 97
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Caltech Astronomers Crack the Puzzle of Cosmic Gamma-Ray Bursts
05/14/1997

Caltech Astronomers Crack the Puzzle of Cosmic Gamma-Ray Bursts

Robert Tindol
A team of Caltech astronomers has pinpointed a gamma-ray burst several billion light-years away from the Milky Way. The team was following up on a discovery made by the Italian/Dutch satellite BeppoSAX.
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Caltech Astronomer Obtains Data That Could Resolve the "Age Problem"
04/14/1997

Caltech Astronomer Obtains Data That Could Resolve the "Age Problem"

Robert Tindol
Dr. Neill Reid, using information collected by the European Space Agency's Hipparcos satellite, has determined that a key distance measure used to compute the age of certain Milky Way stars is off by 10 to 15 percent. The new data leads to the conclusion that the oldest stars are actually 11 to 13 billion years old, rather than 16 to 18 billion years old, as had been thought.
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Renowned Physicist Robert B. Leighton Dies
03/10/1997

Renowned Physicist Robert B. Leighton Dies

Robert Tindol
Robert B. Leighton, a longtime physicist and astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, died Sunday, March 9, 1997, after a long illness. He was 77.