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Origins Of Our Smell Cells Pinpointed By Scientists
2013-03-26 08:09:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have identified the origin of olfactory nerve cells, finding that neural-crest stem cells — multipotent, migratory cells unique to vertebrates that give rise to many structures in the body — play a key role in building olfactory sensory neurons in the nose. When human noses detect a scent, two types of sensory neurons are at work. These neurons are...

University Lab Creates Self-Healing Circuits
2013-03-12 18:43:14

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When a circuit goes, depending upon where it was located, you may be in for a nuisance, if not a headache. In the case of your house, you can just go flip the breaker. But for computers and other electronics, those circuits often mean replacing parts, or even the whole device. A team at the High-Speed Integrated Circuits laboratory in Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science has developed circuits in tiny power...

2013-01-24 08:25:33

SINGAPORE, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Contour Energy Systems, Inc., innovator of next-generation battery systems, today announced the opening of its Research & Development Center in Singapore, located at Westpark Biz Central. Founded in 2007 out of the collaboration of Caltech and CNRS (the French National Center of Scientific Research), Contour Energy Systems is a next-generation battery company, pioneering breakthrough in fluorine-based battery chemistries, nano material science and...

New Terahertz Chips For New Devices
2012-12-10 19:11:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new set of microchips designed at the California Institute of Technology pave the way for a new generation of devices. The chips created by the Caltech engineers generate and radiate high-frequency electromagnetic waves known as terahertz (THz). These waves fall between microwaves and far-infrared radiation and are able to penetrate materials without damaging them, unlike X-rays. The new microchips could be incorporated...

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2012-07-18 10:49:00

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) recently unveiled findings from a new study which showed that certain changes in an overactive immune system of mice could cause behaviors similar to those found with autism. In some cases, activation can be related to what is experienced by a developing fetus in a womb. About a decade ago, the scientists of Caltech helped lead the research on the connection between...

2012-05-30 10:20:07

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "We will see the hottest, densest and most energetic objects with a fundamentally new...

2012-02-16 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --First Look West (FLoW), the largest clean energy business plan competition in the western United States, is looking for entrepreneurial-minded university students from all disciplines to apply to win $200,000 in prize money by submitting their idea for a clean energy business. Led by Caltech, FLoW is a consortium of universities that is running the western region of the Department of Energy's $2 million National Clean Energy Business Plan...

Image 1 - Astronomers Release Unprecedented Data Set On Celestial Objects That Brighten And Dim
2012-01-13 04:53:21

Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Arizona have released the largest data set ever collected that documents the brightening and dimming of stars and other celestial objects–two hundred million in total. The night sky is filled with objects like asteroids that dash across the sky and others–like exploding stars and variable stars–that flash, dim, and brighten. Studying such phenomena can help astronomers better...

2011-10-05 16:24:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Southern California announced today that a partnership led by Caltech, UCLA and USC have been selected to receive a $360,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a national business plan competition for young cleantech entrepreneurs. The winning proposal is one of six awarded regionally as part of a three-year, $2 million program, funded by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy...

2011-10-03 13:00:00

OnGreen to Develop Large Cleantech Mentor-Student Network Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2011 The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and their Resnick Institute, in partnership with UC Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC), and OnGreen, announced today they received a $360,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate cleantech innovation by fostering student entrepreneurship through a Western Regional business plan competition. This...