Hints on Photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower the Night of Wednesday, August 11
08/10/2004

## Hints on Photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower the Night of Wednesday, August 11

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Gamma-ray burst of December 3 was a new type of cosmic explosion
08/04/2004

## Gamma-ray burst of December 3 was a new type of cosmic explosion

Astronomers have identified a new class of cosmic explosions that are more powerful than supernovae but considerably weaker than most gamma-ray bursts. The discovery strongly suggests a continuum between the two previously-known classes of explosions.
Unexpected Changes in Earth's Climate Observed on the Dark Side of the Moon
05/27/2004

## Unexpected Changes in Earth's Climate Observed on the Dark Side of the Moon

Robert Tindol
Scientists who monitor Earth's reflectance by measuring the moon's "earthshine" have observed unexpectedly large climate fluctuations during the past two decades. By combining eight years of earthshine data with nearly twenty years of partially overlapping satellite cloud data, they have found a gradual decline in Earth's reflectance that became sharper in the last part of the 1990s, perhaps associated with the accelerated global warming in recent years. Surprisingly, the declining reflectance reversed completely in the past three years. Such changes, which are not understood, seem to be a natural variability of Earth's clouds.
Physicists Successful in Trapping Ultracold Neutrons at Los Alamos National Laboratory
05/06/2004

## Physicists Successful in Trapping Ultracold Neutrons at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Free neutrons are usually pretty speedy customers, buzzing along at a significant fraction of the speed of light. But physicists have created a new process to slow neutrons down to about 15 miles per hour—the pace of a world-class mile runner—which could lead to breakthroughs in understanding the physical universe at its most fundamental level.
From Cosmos to Climate, Six Caltech Professors Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships
04/12/2004

## From Cosmos to Climate, Six Caltech Professors Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Deborah Williams-Hedges
Six members of the Caltech faculty have received Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships for 2004.
CARMA Groundbreaking Set for March 27
03/25/2004

## CARMA Groundbreaking Set for March 27

Robert Tindol
Groundbreaking for the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA) facility is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at Cedar Flat in the Inyo Mountains near Bishop, California. The media is invited to attend.
Most distant object in solar system discovered; could be part of never-before-seen Oort cloud
03/15/2004

## Most distant object in solar system discovered; could be part of never-before-seen Oort cloud

Robert Tindol
A planetoid more than eight billion miles from Earth has been discovered by researchers led by a scientist at the California Institute of Technology. The new planetoid is more than three times the distance of Pluto, making it by far the most distant body known to orbit the sun.
Nanoscience Institute to Be Created at Caltech with $7.5 Million Gift 03/10/2004 ## Nanoscience Institute to Be Created at Caltech with$7.5 Million Gift

Robert Tindol
A $7.5 million grant has been awarded by Fred Kavli and the Kavli Foundation to create a new institute at the California Institute of Technology for research in the emerging field of nanoscience. Caltech, Cornell announce new$2-million study for building giant submillimeter telescope
03/09/2004

## Caltech, Cornell announce new $2-million study for building giant submillimeter telescope Robert Tindol The California Institute of Technology and Cornell University are in the planning stages for a new 25-meter telescope to be built in Chile. The submillimeter telescope will cost an estimated$60 million and will be nearly two times larger in diameter than the largest submillimeter telescope currently in existence.
Planetary scientists find planetoid in Kuiper Belt; could be biggest yet discovered
02/19/2004

## Planetary scientists find planetoid in Kuiper Belt; could be biggest yet discovered

Robert Tindol
Planetary scientists at the California Institute of Technology and Yale University on Tuesday night discovered a new planetoid in the outer fringes of the solar system.