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    • Ask a Caltech Student
      In "Ask a Caltech Student," a new Facebook group, Pasadena-area K–12 students and families are encouraged to reach out to Caltech graduate students with science and math questions that are related to the schoolchildren's schoolwork and homework.The group was created in March of 2020 by the Institute's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach (CTLO), in […]
    • An Invisible Threat
      Editor's note: This piece is part of an ongoing series on Caltech scientists who are researching the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty. From biology, to chemistry, to social sciences, and computing, the keys to fighting the disease are waiting to be discovered.If you were walking through the jungle and a tiger came […]
    • Deep-Sea Worms and Bacteria Team Up to Harvest Methane
      Scientists at Caltech and Occidental College have discovered a methane-fueled symbiosis between worms and bacteria at the bottom of the sea, shedding new light on the ecology of deep-sea environments.They found that bacteria belonging to the Methylococcaceae family have been hitching a ride on the feathery plumes that act as the respiratory organs of Laminatubus […]
    • Caltech Signs Agreement to Provide Open Access to Computing Research
      Many of us know the frustration of clicking on a news article and running into a paywall. Academic researchers also run into this problem when trying to access journal articles, but for them, the cost can often run into the thousands.A new open-access agreement between Caltech and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an academic […]
    • New Superconducting Film Resists a Magnet's Power to Thwart It
      To Joseph Falson, who recently joined Caltech as assistant professor of materials science, electrons are like exotic supercars because they possess amazing capabilities.Consider the phenomenon of superconductivity, in which paired electrons fly unimpeded, resulting in materials that display zero electrical resistance. When electrons move through impure materials, however, or when superconductivity is disrupted, those talents […]
    • The COVID-19 Virus, By the Numbers
      Editor's note: This piece is part of an ongoing series on Caltech scientists who are doing research on the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty. From biology, to chemistry, to social sciences, and computing, the keys to fighting the disease are waiting to be discovered.When Rob Phillips decided to leave the field of […]
    • Flooding Stunted 2019 Cropland Growing Season, Resulting in More Atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub>
      Severe flooding throughout the Midwest—which triggered a delayed growing season for crops in the region—led to a reduction of 100 million metric tons of net carbon uptake during June and July of 2019, according to a new study.For reference, the massive California wildfires of 2018 released an estimated 12.4 million metric tons of carbon into […]
    • Tiny Optical Cavity Could Make Quantum Networks Possible
      Engineers at Caltech have shown that atoms in optical cavities—tiny boxes for light—could be foundational to the creation of a quantum internet. Their work was published on March 30 by the journal Nature.Quantum networks would connect quantum computers through a system that also operates at a quantum, rather than classical, level. In theory, quantum computers […]
    • Caltech Scientists Turn Research Toward Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic
      Editor's note: This piece is the first in a series on Caltech scientists who are researching the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty. From biology, to chemistry, to social sciences, and computing, the keys to fighting the disease are waiting to be discovered.As the nation hunkers down during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our […]
    • Dining Services Launches 'Caltech Eats at Home' Meal Kit Program
      As the Caltech community continues to respond and adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, Dining Services has launched a new effort to help keep members of the campus community healthy, safe, and well fed. The Caltech Eats at Home program offers meal kits that can be ordered online and picked up at Chandler Cafe.Director of Dining […]