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Nikolai Makarov Honored with 2020 Schock Prize

Nikolai Makarov. Credit: Caltech Nikolai G. Makarov, the Richard Merkin Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Caltech, has been awarded the 2020 Rolf Schock Prize in mathematics. The Schock Prizes, which also include awards for logic and philosophy, art, and music, were established and endowed by Rolf Schock, a philosopher and artist who passed away in 1986. They are awarded every three years and decided upon…

Caltech Grad, Virologist David Ho Speaks About COVID-19: The Tip of the Iceberg

Caltech trustee David Ho (BS '74) of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Columbia University, said on March 18 that the pandemic's effects in America so far are just the tip of the iceberg. As…

Watch and Learn: Study Shows How Brain Gains Knowledge Through Observation

Humans have a number of ways to learn how to do new things. One of those ways is through observation: watching another person perform a task, and then doing what they did. Think of a…

Amphibious Robots Storm Millikan Pond for ME 72

A naval battle of the bots broke out in Caltech's Millikan Pond on Wednesday as five teams vied to take the trophy during ME (Mechanical Engineering) 72, the Institute's long-running engineering design competition. The five…

May’s Two-Day Literary Festival LitFest Pasadena is Canceled

Janet Fitch, Lisa See and Nina Revoyr panel; Photo by Brian Biery, 2019 Under the recommendation of the CDC, the upcoming LitFest Pasadena, scheduled for May 16-17, 2020, is canceled. “As we move forward, organizers…

Upcoming Pasadena Symphony Concert Rescheduled to May 23

Your health and the well-being of our community are of the utmost importance to us. In response to the directive by the Los Angeles County…

It Matters: Heidi Turner’s ‘Barefoot’ is Sacred

When we were young we let the waves tumble us and shipwreck our bodies on the sand, panting in the whitewash        —…

Small Robots Practice Scouting Skills for Future Moon Mission

A shoebox-sized wheeled robot explores the rugged terrain on the surface of the Mars Yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during recent tests of the…

Caltech History Professor Says Einstein Was Not a Lone Genius

With his unruly hair and rebellious streak, Albert Einstein is often remembered as the genius who worked alone. Unlike those participating in the “big science”…

Caltech Professor of Theoretical Physics Shines New Light on Dark Matter

About 80 percent of all the matter in our universe is invisible. Called dark matter, this mysterious substance is known to exist throughout the universe because of its gravitational tugs on ordinary matter. Yet despite its prevalence, dark matter continues to evade direct detection. Kathryn Zurek, a new professor of theoretical physics at Caltech, has some ideas about how to change that. “I develop theories of dark matter and then ideas for how one might experimentally detect it,” she says. “It’s risky research in the sense that we don’t know if we’ll actually detect dark matter. We need luck, hard…

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