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Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of ...

dateJan 20, 2016 in Astronomy
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Developing a picture of the Earth's mantle

Deep inside the earth, seismic observations reveal that three distinct structures make up the boundary between the earth's metallic core and overlying silicate mantle at a depth of about 2,900 kilometers—an area whose composition ...

dateDec 14, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Tricking an enzyme into making better insulin

Mary Boyajian, a junior majoring in chemical engineering at Caltech, spent her summer as a student in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program trying to trick an enzyme. The enzyme, tRNA synthetase, has ...

dateDec 02, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Dark matter dominates in nearby dwarf galaxy

Dark matter is called "dark" for a good reason. Although they outnumber particles of regular matter by more than a factor of 10, particles of dark matter are elusive. Their existence is inferred by their gravitational influence ...

dateNov 18, 2015 in Astronomy
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Physicists uncover novel phase of matter

A team of physicists led by Caltech's David Hsieh has discovered an unusual form of matter—not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different. This phase, characterized by an unusual ...

dateOct 26, 2015 in Superconductivity
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