News Subscribe via RSS

03/02/2006

Old-World Primates Evolved Color Vision to Better See Each Other Blush, Study Reveals

Robert Tindol
Your emotions can easily be read by others when you blush—at least by others familiar with your skin color. What's more, the blood rushing out of your face when you're terrified is just as telling. And when it comes to our evolutionary cousins the chimpanzees, they not only can see color changes in each other's faces, but in each other's rumps as well.
placeholder
02/02/2006

Caltech Launches Brain Study Program with $8.9 Million Gift from Eli Broad to Fund 24 Researchers and Six New Labs

For years, scientists have worked to study each of the 100 billion neurons in the human brain. But while they understand individual neurons, they've been stumped by how neurons work together, how they encode information, and how they generate thoughts, emotions, and actions.
placeholder
01/25/2006

Baltimore Is President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Robert Tindol
David Baltimore, president of the California Institute of Technology since 1997, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Baltimore will begin his term as president-elect on February 21, at the close of the 2006 annual AAAS meeting, and will begin his one-year term as president in February 2007.
placeholder
11/29/2005

Deciphering the Mystery of Bee Flight

Kathy Svitil
One of the most elusive questions in science has finally been answered: How do bees fly?
Caltech logo on dark blue green background
11/21/2005

Modified Mice Test Alzheimer's Disease Drugs

Kathy Svitil
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that afflicts an estimated 4.5 million Americans and that is characterized by the presence of dense clumps of a small peptide called amyloid-beta in the spaces between neurons.
placeholder
10/25/2005

Caltech Researchers Join Global GEM4 Initiative

Robert Tindol
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have joined a global medical effort to address a number of diseases through innovative, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary approaches. The initiative, the Global Enterprise for Micromechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4), is centered at MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and was officially launched October 12 at an MIT campus ceremony.
placeholder
10/03/2005

Baltimore to Retire as Caltech President; Will Remain at Institute as Biology Professor

Jill Perry
David Baltimore, the seventh president of the California Institute of Technology, will retire on June 30, 2006, after nearly nine years in the post. He will remain at the Institute, where he intends to focus on his scientific work and teaching.
placeholder
09/09/2005

Caltech Stem Cell Biology Training Program Awarded $2.3 Million

Kathy Svitil

At a historic meeting today in Sacramento, a three-year, $2.3 million grant was earmarked for the creation of the Caltech Stem-Cell Training Program at the California Institute of Technology.

placeholder
07/20/2005

Authority on the Brains and Behavior of Owls and Songbirds Wins Neuroscience Prize

Robert Tindol
Masakazu "Mark" Konishi, a California Institute of Technology neuroscientist renowned for his work on the neural wiring that allows owls to swoop in on their prey in darkness and songbirds to sing, and his former postdoctoral researcher Eric Knudsen, who is now chair of the neurobiology department at Stanford University, have been awarded this year's Peter Gruber Foundation Neuroscience Prize.
placeholder
06/30/2005

Baltimore Offered $13.9 Million from Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative for AIDS Research

Jill Perry
The Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, a major effort to achieve scientific breakthroughs against diseases that kill millions of people each year in the world's poorest countries, today offered 43 grants totaling $436.6 million for a broad range of innovative research projects involving scientists in 33 countries, including David Baltimore, president of the California Institute of Technology. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to create "deliverable technologies"--health tools that are not only effective, but also inexpensive to produce, easy to distribute, and simple to use in developing countries.
placeholder