California Institute of Technology


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California Institute of Technology,

at Pasadena, Calif.; originally for men, became coeducational in 1970; founded 1891 as Throop Polytechnic Institute; called Throop College of Technology, 1913–20. The institute's research facilities, principally in science and engineering, include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (operated in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the Palomar Observatory, the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, and a cosmic ray laboratory. With the Univ. of California at Berkeley and the Univ. of Hawaii, it operates the W. M. Keck Observatory at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, which houses the world's largest reflecting telescopes.
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The results were recently released by the international BOOMERANG consortium, led by Andrew Lange of the California Institute of Technology and Paolo Bernardis of the University of Rome.
Astronomer Luisa Rebull of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena says that angular momentum is indeed being transferred from a star to its disk.
But geologists from the California Institute of Technology now theorize that a major shake-up of Earth's continents may have started the "Cambrian Explosion," a period dating back more than half a billion years, when many new species appeared on the planet.
Monikers invoking strife and lawlessness are perfect for the newly named dwarf planet and its moon, says Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Another group, which includes Shri Kulkarni of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, suggests that the June 14 burst may belong to a previously unknown class.
"It's the obvious way to sort out the solar system," comments Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
The simplest solution would be for astronomers to admit that they erred in originally calling Pluto a planet, but "it takes guts to demote a planet that many people claim to love," says Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, a codiscoverer of 2003 UB313.
To investigate, Luisa Rebull of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and her colleagues used the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope to study about 500 young stars in a densely packed stellar nursery, the Orion nebula.

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