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Caltech Physicist Kip ThorneWins 2005 Common Wealth Award
04/28/2005

Caltech Physicist Kip ThorneWins 2005 Common Wealth Award

Robert Tindol
Kip Thorne, a physicist who is famed for his work on the cosmic consequences of relativity, is one of five winners of the 2005 Common Wealth Award.
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Caltech Physics Team Invents DeviceFor Weighing Individual Molecules
03/27/2005

Caltech Physics Team Invents DeviceFor Weighing Individual Molecules

Robert Tindol
Physicists at the California Institute of Technology have created the first nanodevices capable of weighing individual biological molecules. This technology may lead to new forms of molecular identification that are cheaper and faster than existing methods, as well as revolutionary new instruments for proteomics.
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Revolutionary Grassroots Astrophysics Project "Einstein@Home" Goes Live
02/19/2005

Revolutionary Grassroots Astrophysics Project "Einstein@Home" Goes Live

A new, grassroots computing project dubbed Einstein@Home, which will let anyone with a personal computer contribute to cutting-edge astrophysics research, is being officially announced today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). California Institute of Technology physics professor Barry Barish will make the announcement during a press briefing at 11 a.m.

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New light-emitting device could eliminate the bottleneck that slows down electrical circuits
02/17/2005

New light-emitting device could eliminate the bottleneck that slows down electrical circuits

Robert Tindol
Applied physicists at the California Institute of Technology have invented a light-emitting transistor that could potentially bypass a major bottleneck that slows down electronic circuitry. The new device could pave the way for on-chip optical interconnections that would enable the marriage of two great modern technologies--communications based on the transmission of photons, and computing with silicon-based devices that are driven by electric currents. A successful optical interconnection technology would allow information to move around inside a silicon chip at the speed of light while creating substantially less heat, leading to dramatically faster computers.
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Caltech Receives $2.5 Million to Further Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy
02/02/2005

Caltech Receives $2.5 Million to Further Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy

Deborah Williams-Hedges
The California Institute of Technology announces a $2.5 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA).
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Hard X-Ray telescope up for final NASA review; project will be led by Caltech's Fiona Harrison
02/01/2005

Hard X-Ray telescope up for final NASA review; project will be led by Caltech's Fiona Harrison

If all goes well with a technical study approved by NASA for this year, an innovative telescope should be orbiting Earth by the end of the decade and taking the first focused high-energy X-ray pictures of matter falling into black holes and shooting out of exploding stars. Not only will the telescope be 1,000 times more capable of finding new black holes than anything previously launched into space, but it will also give us an unprecedented look at the origins of the heavy elements we're all made of.
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SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica
01/21/2005

SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica

Kimm Fesenmaier
After spending 16 days suspended from a giant helium balloon floating 115,000 feet above Antarctica, a scientific instrument dubbed SPIDER has landed in a remote region of the frozen continent.
SPIDER and its balloon in the distance; snow in the foreground
Retired Caltech Physicist Robert Walker Dies; Worked on Manhattan Project as Grad Student
01/07/2005

Retired Caltech Physicist Robert Walker Dies; Worked on Manhattan Project as Grad Student

Robert Tindol
Robert Walker, a retired physics professor at the California Institute of Technology, died January 4 in New Mexico. A graduate student who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, he was 85 years old at the time of his death.
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More Stormy Weather on Titan
12/21/2004

More Stormy Weather on Titan

Jill Perry
Titan, it turns out, may be a very stormy place. In 2001, a group of astronomers led by Henry Roe, now a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology, discovered methane clouds near the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, resolving a debate about whether such clouds exist amid the haze of its atmosphere.
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Physicists at Caltech, UT Austin ReportBose-Einstein Condensation of Cold Excitons
12/09/2004

Physicists at Caltech, UT Austin ReportBose-Einstein Condensation of Cold Excitons

Robert Tindol
Bose-Einstein condensates are enigmatic states of matter in which huge numbers of particles occupy the same quantum state and, for all intents and purposes, lose their individual identity. Predicted long ago by Albert Einstein and Satyendranath Bose, these bizarre condensates have recently become one of the hottest topics in physics research worldwide.
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