Stellar Death Caught in the Act
05/21/2008

## Stellar Death Caught in the Act

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

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.
A New Take on Microbrewing
04/09/2008

## A New Take on Microbrewing

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.
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.
Water Vapor Detected in Protoplanetary Disks
03/18/2008

## Water Vapor Detected in Protoplanetary Disks

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.

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

## One of Five Centers of Excellence for Predictive Science

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.

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