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03/18/2019

Levitating Objects with Light

Lorinda Dajose
Specially designed materials enable objects of different sizes to be levitated and manipulated with light, thanks to new research from Caltech scientists.
Conceptual illustration of a nano-patterned object reorienting itself to remain in a beam of light.
10/31/2018

Dams and the Damage They Do

Emily Velasco
Ted Scudder has spent over six decades studying the impacts large dams have on rivers, on the people displaced by them, and on the countries that built them. During that time, he's come to see them causing more harm than good. He's published a new book explaining why.
Ted Scudder, professor emeritus of anthropology, stands in his office. He is surrounded by file folders, books, and artifacts.
06/21/2018

New Model Shows Where to Improve Power Grids

Robert Perkins
Increasing reliance on renewable energy sources adds uncertainty to power grids. A new model gauges the impact of that uncertainty.
Lights
02/06/2018

Production of Solar Fuels Inches Closer with Discovery by Caltech Scientists

Emily Velasco
Researchers in the lab of Harry Gray have discovered how a catalyst splits water using solar power, opening the door to economically viable solar-fuel production.
A graphical representation of the molecular structure of the solar-fuel catalyst developed at Caltech.
08/03/2017

Carbon Conversion

Whitney Clavin
New CO2 experiments may lead to artificial, renewable fuels.
Illustration of artificial leaf
07/20/2017

Reducing Caltech's Carbon Footprint

Jon Nalick
Caltech cut water use by 11 percent and trash generation by 5 percent in FY2016.
The annual report details the goals, successes, and challenges facing the Institute in terms of sustainability.
06/12/2017

Researchers Find a Surprise Just Beneath the Surface in Carbon Dioxide Experiment

Whitney Clavin
Theorists and experimentalists worked together to discover something new in carbon dioxide experiment.
Copper foil microscopic image
05/25/2017

Nitrogen Fixation Research Could Shed Light on Biological Mystery

Emily Velasco
New research could make fertilizer production more environmentally friendly while shedding light on a biological mystery.
Fertilizer is applied to an agricultural field.
04/11/2017

How Clean is the Cloud?

Adam Wierman will give the April 19 Watson Lecture on sustainable cloud computing.
Adam Wierman
12/16/2016

Lessons from Aliso Canyon

Robert Perkins
Sampling at the site of the 2015-2016 natural gas leak explores how microbes respond to a flood of methane.
Soil processing
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