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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…

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 Autonomous Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (A-PUFFER) project. Credit: Matt…

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”…

JPL’s Next Mars Rover Has a Name, as Seventh-Grader’s Suggestion Wins NASA’s “Name the Rover” Contest

Seventh-grader Alexander Mather of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, submitted the winning entry in the agency's "Name the Rover" essay contest, making the…

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

NASA's Curiosity rover captured its highest-resolution panorama of the Martian surface between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured…

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…

Former Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar Returns, Inspired by Science Fiction and Symmetry

Jim Gates, Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University On February 4, Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr., a theoretical physicist, author, teacher, and former Caltech postdoctoral scholar, gave a talk on campus about diversity, science-fiction inspirations, and his longtime passion for supersymmetry, a theory describing the fundamental workings of nature. Gates is currently the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University. He previously served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, during Barack Obama’s presidency, and, from 1984 to 2017, held faculty and director positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, where, in 1998,…

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