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Interdisciplinary Team Demonstrates New Technique for Manipulation of "Light Beams"
08/04/2006

Interdisciplinary Team Demonstrates New Technique for Manipulation of "Light Beams"

Robert Tindol
It may be surprising that a laser beam, when shot to the moon and returned by one of the mirrors the Apollo astronauts left behind, is a couple of miles in diameter at the end of its half-million-mile round trip. This spread is mostly due to atmospheric distortions, but it nonetheless underscores the problems posed to those who wish to keep laser beams from diverging or focusing to a point as light travels through a medium.
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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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Physicists Devise New Technique for Detecting Heavy Water
06/12/2006

Physicists Devise New Technique for Detecting Heavy Water

Robert Tindol
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have created a new method of detecting heavy water that is 30 times more sensitive than any other existing method. The detection method could be helpful in the fight against international nuclear proliferation.
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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Passes Conceptual Design Review
06/01/2006

Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Passes Conceptual Design Review

Robert Tindol
The detailed design for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) developed by a U.S.-Canadian team is capable of delivering on the full promise of its enormous light-collecting area, according to the findings of an independent panel of experts.
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2MASS Team Wins Muhlmann Award from Astronomy Society of the Pacific
05/22/2006

2MASS Team Wins Muhlmann Award from Astronomy Society of the Pacific

Robert Tindol
The team members of the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) have been named recipients of the Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award for 2006. The award was announced May 22 by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
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Palomar Observes Broken Comet
05/12/2006

Palomar Observes Broken Comet

Astronomers have recently been enjoying front-row seats to a spectacular cometary show. Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is in the act of splitting apart as it passes close to Earth. The breakup is providing a firsthand look at the death of a comet.

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CARMA Radio Telescope Array in the Inyo Mountains Dedicated May 5
05/04/2006

CARMA Radio Telescope Array in the Inyo Mountains Dedicated May 5

Robert Tindol
The official dedication of the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA) facility was held Friday, May 5, at Cedar Flat in the Inyo Mountains near Bishop.
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Two from Caltech Faculty Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
05/02/2006

Two from Caltech Faculty Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Robert Tindol

Two faculty members at the California Institute of Technology are among this year's newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They join 173 other Americans and 20 foreign honorees as the 2006 class of fellows of the prestigious institution that was cofounded in 1780 by John Adams.

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Hubble Space Telescope Obtains Best-Ever Size Measurement of Xena; Still Larger Than Pluto
04/11/2006

Hubble Space Telescope Obtains Best-Ever Size Measurement of Xena; Still Larger Than Pluto

Robert Tindol
To paraphrase a certain young lady from literature, the tenth planet Xena is getting curiouser and curiouser. Data released today by the Space Telescope Science Institute reveals that Xena is about 5 percent larger than Pluto, which means that it must be the most reflective planet in the solar system.
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Caltech Physicists and International MINOS Team Discover New Details of Why Neutrinos Disappear
04/04/2006

Caltech Physicists and International MINOS Team Discover New Details of Why Neutrinos Disappear

Robert Tindol
Physicists from the California Institute of Technology and an international collaboration of scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have observed the disappearance of muon neutrinos traveling from the lab's site in Illinois to a particle detector in Minnesota. The observation is consistent with an effect known as neutrino oscillation, in which neutrinos change from one kind to another.
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