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How Long Does a Neutron Live?
10/13/2021

How Long Does a Neutron Live?

Whitney Clavin
Physicists use "bottle" method to make most precise measurement yet of a neutron's lifetime.
Artistic image of a bottle with neutrons.
Extending LIGO's Reach Into the Cosmos
09/29/2021

Extending LIGO's Reach Into the Cosmos

Whitney Clavin
New mirror coatings will increase the volume of space LIGO can probe in its next run.
Pinkish mirror coating on a test disk.
New Spin on Planet Formation Mysteries
07/29/2021

New Spin on Planet Formation Mysteries

A new Keck Observatory instrument can determine the spin rates of exoplanets.
Artwork of the HR 8799 system showing a white star and four red planets.
A White Dwarf Living on the Edge
06/30/2021

A White Dwarf Living on the Edge

Whitney Clavin
The Zwicky Transient Facility has identified an extremely magnetized and rapidly rotating ultra-massive white dwarf.
Artwork of a white dwarf in comparison to Earth's moon.
LIGO–Virgo–KAGRA finds elusive mergers of black holes with neutron stars
06/29/2021

LIGO–Virgo–KAGRA finds elusive mergers of black holes with neutron stars

The gravitational network confirms first known collision of a black hole and neutron star.
Artwork of a neutron star–black hole merger
CIBER-2 Takes Its First Flight
06/07/2021

CIBER-2 Takes Its First Flight

The instrument to measure a cosmic infrared glow will take multiple short flights aboard a sounding rocket.
Richard Feder-Staehle, Chi Nguyen, and Rick Evavold of the CIBER-2 team working on the CIBER-2 payload.
Magnetism Drives Metals to Insulators in New Experiment
06/04/2021

Magnetism Drives Metals to Insulators in New Experiment

Whitney Clavin
New study provides tools to probe novel spintronic devices.
An illustration of domains divided by a domain wall.
Small Telescopes, Big Science
04/06/2021

Small Telescopes, Big Science

Whitney Clavin
A quest to open up the dynamic, infrared sky begins.
Gattin Telescope
The Shape of Star Explosions
03/11/2021

The Shape of Star Explosions

Whitney Clavin
New polarization instrument at Palomar Observatory delivers first results.
Palomar's 200-inch Hale Telescope.
The Caltech Effect: Neural Networking
02/04/2021

The Caltech Effect: Neural Networking

The new issue focuses on the opening of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, a vital new hub for interdisciplinary research on the brain.
cover art from issue 12 of The Caltech Effect, an illustration of the new Chen building on campus
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