Teaching Life a New Trick: Bacteria Make Boron-Carbon Bonds

For the first time, scientists have created bacteria that can make compounds with boron-carbon bonds.

J. N. Franklin, 1930-2017

Joel (J. N.) Franklin, who taught mathematics at Caltech for nearly a half-century, passed away on November 18 at the age of 87.

Engineers Model the California Reservoir Network

An empirical model of 55 of California's major reservoirs reveals how they respond to shifting drought conditions and to one another.

Three Caltech Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

Peter Dervan, Ares Rosakis, and Ellen Rothenberg are among 396 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Strange Case of the Scuba Diving Fly

How a species of fly subverted nature to forage in a caustic underwater habitat

The Microscopic Origin of Efficiency Droop in LEDs

Caltech team found why high-energy electrons can leak out of an LED before emitting light, leading to efficiency loss.

Caltech Mourns the Passing of Former Campus Counselor Kevin Austin

Austin, who led Caltech Health and Counseling Services for a quarter of a century, retired in 2015.

Female Tech Entrepreneurs Hampered by Bias Among Male Investors, Study Finds

Michael Ewens of Caltech and Richard Townsend of UC San Diego examined data for nearly 18,000 start-ups and found that companies started by women have a harder time finding funding because male investors prefer companies started by men.

Zwicky Transient Facility Opens Its Eyes to the Volatile Cosmos

The latest workhorse camera at Palomar Observatory will scan the majority of the night sky every night, looking for cosmic events as they happen.

Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open Air

Engineers used the flow of water over a crystal plate to generate a stable ring of plasma without a vacuum chamber or electromagnetic fields to contain it.

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