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Caltech Celebrates the Class of 2019

Judy Hill
Caltech celebrated its 125th annual commencement on Friday, June 14, 2019.
Caltech commencement

Students Receive 2019 Awards

Emily Velasco
Outstanding students from many disciplines have been presented with awards for their achievements.
A portrait of several students who won the 2019 Robert L. Noland Leadership Award

Cool, Nebulous Ring Found Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

A disk of cool gas has been spotted rotating around the black hole at the center of our galaxy.
ALMA image of cool disk

How a Giant 'Thermos Bottle' Will Help in Understanding Antimatter

Whitney Clavin
Researchers at Caltech are building magnetic coils and a large cryovessel as part of an ambitious experiment to explain why antimatter disappeared.
Members of the nEDM team stand in front of their magnetic cryovessel experimental apparatus

Caltech Launches Merkin Institute for Translational Science

A gift to Break Through: The Caltech Campaign from trustee Richard Merkin will help Caltech scientists and engineers transform discoveries and inventions into advances in human health.
Richard Merkin

Xie Chen to study quantum phenomena at the macroscopic scale in the Simons Collaboration on Ultra-Quantum Matter

Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics Xie Chen is a member of the newly established Simons Collaboration on Ultra-Quantum Matter. The collaboration will study fundamentally quantum mechanical behavior of matter, in systems like metals, magnets, superconductors, etc. “One of the biggest surprises of quantum mechanics is entanglement — the spooky action at a distance,” Xie says. “Now more than eighty years after its discovery, we have learned not only to accept the concept, but also to embrace it and to explore it at the next level where thousands or millions or even more atoms and electrons in a macroscopic matter are entangled together and participate in the ‘spooky action’ in a collective way.” Such ultra-quantum matter (UQM) defies conventional expectations that quantum effects are important only in very small systems. It allows for entirely new physical properties, which may help future technologies by enabling the nonlocal storage of quantum information, and the creation of quantum materials with new functionalities.

Caltech Mourns the Passing of Murray Gell-Mann (1929–2019)

Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann, who predicted quarks, has passed away.
Murray Gell-Mann

Shaw Prize in Astronomy Awarded to Ed Stone

Whitney Clavin
The 2019 Shaw Prize in Astronomy has been awarded to Caltech's Ed Stone, long-time project scientist for NASA's Voyager mission.
Ed Stone

LIGO and Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smashups

Whitney Clavin
The triple detectors of LIGO and Virgo have spotted five new gravitational-wave signals since turning back on.
Artwork of neutron stars.

Seven from Caltech Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Lori Dajose
Two faculty members and five alumni have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.