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Stellar Death Caught in the Act
05/21/2008

Stellar Death Caught in the Act

elisabeth nadin

Astronomers for the first time have caught a star in the act of exploding. Astronomers have previously observed thousands of stellar explosions, known as supernovae, but they have always seen them after the fireworks were well underway.

Thirty-Meter Telescope Focuses on Two Candidate Sites
05/15/2008

Thirty-Meter Telescope Focuses on Two Candidate Sites

elisabeth nadin
After completing a worldwide survey unprecedented in rigor and detail of astronomical sites for the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), the TMT Observatory Corporation board of directors has selected two outstanding sites, one in each hemisphere, for further consideration. Cerro Armazones lies in Chile's Atacama Desert, and Mauna Kea is on Hawai'i Island.
Caltech Helps Open the Universe in "WorldWide Telescope"
05/13/2008

Caltech Helps Open the Universe in "WorldWide Telescope"

Kathy Svitil
Panoramic images of the sky obtained at Palomar Observatory and by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), plus pointed observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope, form a significant part of the "World Wide Telescope" (WWT), a new product released today by Microsoft aimed at bringing exploration of the Universe and its many wonders to the general public.
Scientists Display High-Tech Art at MoMA
04/10/2008

Scientists Display High-Tech Art at MoMA

Jacqueline Scahill
The California Institute of Technology's Paul Rothemund, senior research associate in computation and neural systems and computer science, and Michael Roukes, professor of physics, applied physics, and bioengineering, are scientists who can now add artist to their resumes. Rothemund's DNA origami and a colorized electron micrograph of Roukes's nanoscience work will be displayed now through May 12 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Roukes's micrograph was even selected for the museum's permanent collection.
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A New Take on Microbrewing
04/09/2008

A New Take on Microbrewing

elisabeth nadin
Since Babylonian times, a still has provided the means to turn grain, fruit, or vegetables into an intoxicating drink. Today, a still may provide a solution to the more complex problem of how to detect diseases.
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Advanced LIGO Project Funded by National Science Foundation
04/01/2008

Advanced LIGO Project Funded by National Science Foundation

Kathy Svitil
The Advanced LIGO Project, an upgrade in sensitivity for LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories), was approved by the National Science Board in its meeting on March 27. The National Science Foundation will fund the $205.12 million, seven-year project, starting with $32.75 million in 2008. This major upgrade will increase the sensitivity of the LIGO instruments by a factor of 10, giving a one thousand-fold increase in the number of astrophysical candidates for gravitational wave signals.
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Water Vapor Detected in Protoplanetary Disks
03/18/2008

Water Vapor Detected in Protoplanetary Disks

elisabeth nadin

Water is an essential ingredient for forming planets, yet has remained hidden from scientists searching for it in protoplanetary systems, the spinning disks of particles surrounding newly formed stars where planets are born. Now the detection of water vapor in the inner part of two extrasolar protoplanetary disks brings scientists one step closer to understanding water's role during terrestrial planet formation.

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One of Five Centers of Excellence for Predictive Science
03/13/2008

One of Five Centers of Excellence for Predictive Science

elisabeth nadin

With a $17 million grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the California Institute of Technology becomes one of five new centers of excellence that will focus on the emerging field of predictive science.

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Physicists Transcribe Entanglement into and out of a Quantum Memory
03/05/2008

Physicists Transcribe Entanglement into and out of a Quantum Memory

elisabeth nadin
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have laid the groundwork for a crucial step in quantum information science. They show how entanglement, an essential property of quantum mechanics, can be generated between beams of light, stored in a quantum memory, and mapped back into light with the push of a button.
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High-Speed Data Transfer System Garners Outreach Award
03/04/2008

High-Speed Data Transfer System Garners Outreach Award

elisabeth nadin
The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) has rewarded researchers at the California Institute of Technology for better connecting physicists worldwide. Lead project scientist Harvey Newman, professor of physics at Caltech, Julian Bunn of the Caltech Center for Advanced Computing Research, and their international team of researchers will receive a trophy for Innovations in Networking at a ceremony in Oakland, California, on March 11.
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