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While dust clumps were already known to play a role in seeding new planets and many other systems in space and on Earth, how the clumps formed was unknown until now. Phil Hopkins, who carried out this research with Jonathan (Jono) Squire, a former postdoc, says that it was previously assumed that dust was stable in gas, meaning the dust grains would ride along with the gas without much happening, or they would settle out of the gas if the particles were big enough, as is the case with soot from a fire. Read more

JPL has a Research and Technology Development (R&TD) program that is a source of JPL-internal research funds. They are currently accepting FY20 R&TD Topic Area Concept Papers and they are due on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 4 PM PDT.    These one-page concept papers must be submitted by a full-time JPL researcher, and are encouraged to have Campus co-investigators. 
Get ready to make paper airplanes, earn prizes, solve puzzles, and join challenges while supporting Caltech. Gifts of any amount to anywhere on campus during #CaltechGivingDay on March 27 will help unlock an additional $25,000 in scholarships.
Building Keck: An Oral History

To tell the story of the W. M. Keck Observatory, Caltech magazine mined Caltech Archives’ vast collection of oral histories to weave one narrative from seven storytellers.
In the News

Hirosi Ooguri has been featured in the 2019 edition of "Asian Scientist 100." Asian Scientist Magazine is an award-winning science and technology magazine that highlights research and development news stories from Asia to a global audience.

Caltech and The Huntington have combined forces to launch a new research institute focused specifically on the history of science and technology:The Rogers Institute for the History of Science.
KISS held a lecture with Christian Davenport of The Washington Post to discuss his recent book The Space Barons: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos. Learn about the visions of the Space Baron billionaires--notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos--to open up space to the masses, how they plan to do it, and what the implications are for NASA.
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