California Institute of Technology

Scientists discover why flies are so hard to swat

(PhysOrg.com) -- Over the past two decades, Michael Dickinson has been interviewed by reporters hundreds of times about his research on the biomechanics of insect flight. One question from the press has always dogged him: ...

Aug 28, 2008 4.2 / 5 (119) 11

Bioengineers develop 'microscope on a chip'

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have turned science fiction into reality with their development of a super-compact high-resolution microscope, small enough to fit on a finger tip. This ...

Jul 28, 2008 4.9 / 5 (58) 4

Why do we sleep?

While we can more or less abstain from some basic biological urges—for food, drink, and sex—we can’t do the same for sleep. At some point, no matter how much espresso we drink, we just crash. ...

Feb 03, 2011 3.7 / 5 (71) 8 | with audio podcast

A hint of Higgs: An update from the LHC

The physics world was abuzz with some tantalizing news a couple of weeks ago. At a meeting of the European Physical Society in Grenoble, France, physicists -- including some from Caltech -- announced that ...

Aug 16, 2011 4.6 / 5 (36) 57 | with audio podcast

A new laser for a faster internet

(Phys.org) —A new laser developed by a research group at Caltech holds the potential to increase by orders of magnitude the rate of data transmission in the optical-fiber network—the backbone of the Internet.

Feb 20, 2014 4.8 / 5 (32) 0