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07/13/2017

Computer Chip Technology Repurposed for Making Reflective Nanostructures

Emily Velasco
Andrei Faraon's nano-scale metamaterials have been used to create flat lenses and prism-like surfaces that spread light out into its spectrum. Now, he is using them to create a special class of reflective surfaces.
Retroreflectors created in the lab of Andrei Faraon reflect light.
07/27/2016

Improving Computer Graphics with Quantum Mechanics

Robert Perkins
The Schrödinger equation, foundational to quantum mechanics, turns out to be useful for predicting the motion of fluids as well.
05/02/2016

Michael Watkins Named Next JPL Director

Michael M. Watkins, the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech.
02/18/2016

A New Twist on the History of Life

Ker Than
Around 520 million years ago, there was a period of rapid species diversification that many scholars describe as a sort of evolutionary "big bang." New modeling results from Caltech suggest that during this time period, the continents moved towards the equator instead of toward the poles.
12/14/2015

15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech

Lorinda Dajose
Here are 15 stories highlighting a few of the discoveries, methods, and technologies that came to life at Caltech in 2015.
09/07/2015

Where to Land Mars 2020

Kimm Fesenmaier
Ken Farley, the project scientist for NASA's next Mars rover, a mission called Mars 2020, and the W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geochemistry at Caltech, talks about how the Mars 2020 landing site selection process is shaping up.
06/18/2015

JPL News: NASA Joins North Sea Oil Cleanup Training Exercise

NASA participated for the first time in Norway's annual oil spill cleanup exercise in the North Sea on June 8 through 11. Scientists flew a specialized NASA airborne instrument to monitor a controlled release of oil into the sea.
12/11/2014

14 for 2014

In case you missed any of them, here are 14 stories of the discoveries, methods, and technologies that came to life at Caltech in 2014.
11/10/2014

Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers use robotic ocean gliders to study how warm water is making its way to Antarctic ice sheets—and how this warming ultimately leads to rising ocean levels.
11/20/2012

A Fresh Look at Psychiatric Drugs

Drugs for psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia often require weeks to take full effect. "What takes so long?" has formed one of psychiatry's most stubborn mysteries. Now a fresh look at previous research on quite a different drug—nicotine—is providing answers.