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Columbus to D'Ailly: Are We There Yet?
10/06/2012

Columbus to D'Ailly: Are We There Yet?

Ann Motrunich
Nicolás Wey-Gómez, a Christopher Columbus expert and Caltech history professor, explains why Columbus put much faith in medieval theologian and cosmographer Pierre D'Ailly in researching the route to Japan.
Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
Matthew Elliott: Modeling Networks
09/26/2012

Matthew Elliott: Modeling Networks

Marcus Woo
Matthew Elliott is Caltech's newest assistant professor of economics. After receiving his PhD from Stanford in 2011, he spent a year at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before arriving in Pasadena this fall.
Ready for Your Close-Up?
09/26/2012

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Katie Neith
Previous studies have examined how our social judgments of pictures of people are influenced by factors such as whether the person is smiling or frowning, but until now one factor has never been investigated: the distance between the photographer and the subject.
Making the Healthy Choice
09/26/2012

Making the Healthy Choice

Marcus Woo
Almost everyone knows the feeling: you see a delicious piece of chocolate cake on the table, but as you grab your fork, you think twice. The cake is too fattening and unhealthy, you tell yourself. Maybe you should skip dessert. But the cake still beckons.
Caltech and Princeton University Press Release Thirteenth Volume of Einstein Papers
09/26/2012

Caltech and Princeton University Press Release Thirteenth Volume of Einstein Papers

Kimm Fesenmaier
A new volume in the Einstein Papers Project is scheduled to be released on September 25. This volume covers a turbulent 15 months in the physicist's life and includes several hundred previously unpublished and unknown articles and letters, some of which express his desire for "a normal life."
NIMH Awards $9 Million Grant to Caltech Researchers
09/10/2012

NIMH Awards $9 Million Grant to Caltech Researchers

Brian Bell

The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded a five-year, $9 million grant to a research group Caltech to study the neurobiology of social decision making.

The grant establishes a Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, where researchers will use electrophysiology and functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how humans make social decisions. 

Decision Making 2012
09/05/2012

Decision Making 2012

Marcus Woo
Caltech neuroscientists have been looking directly into the brain in the hope of homing in on just how people make voting decisions—and, in particular, whether electability really is in the eye of the beholder.
montage of voter guide text
Thinking and Choosing in the Brain
08/21/2012

Thinking and Choosing in the Brain

Katie Neith

By mapping the brain lesions of patients, neuroscientists at Caltech were able to show that reasoning and behavioral control are dependent on different regions of the lobes than the areas called upon when making a decision.

Forging Ahead
06/20/2012

Forging Ahead

Marcus Woo

Tom Harris came to Caltech with an undeclared major, thinking he would study computer science. But, having been an avid Lego builder as a kid, he was drawn to mechanical engineering. He also has an interest in medieval history, which similarly dates back to his childhood—he loved pirates and knights, and both his parents were history majors—and after he took Brown's medieval history class, his impression of the study of history changed.