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LIGO Founders Receive Kavli Prize
KNI-affiliated faculty member, Rustem Ismagilov's research group published some recent findings that show that the structure of the mucus, or gel, that lines the gut can change in the presence of bacteria and polymers. This discovery could lead to the development of new drugs or diets for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. [Read more] 6-13-16

imgLIGO Founders Receive Kavli Prize
The 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics was awarded to Caltech's Ronald W.P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and MIT's Rainer Weiss. The $1 million prize, presented once every two years, honors the three for their instrumental role in establishing LIGO, which led to the detection of gravitational waves.
[Read More6-6-16

Back to the Future
Research done in the KNI facility by Scherer Group members, Max Jones and Daniil Lukin was featured in the NY Times. As today's transistors get smaller, the more they leak electrons, so an older technology using vacuum tubes is making a comeback.  [Read more6-6-16

imgProducing Graphene 
Professor Nai-Chang Yeh, Co-Director of the KNI, was featured in a recent episode of the Horizons series "Abundant World”, by the BBC World News, for her research on graphene. The episode that featured Professor Yeh and a staff scientist in her group, Dr. David Boyd, was filmed at the KNI and at one of Professor Yeh’s labs. The “Abundant World” episode can be found at the following [BBC link] 5-20-16

imgRerouting Cancer
Capable of rapidly developing resistance to therapeutic drugs, cancer often manages to render those drugs ineffective in slowing its progress. KNI Board member Jim Heath and colleagues have new research that suggests that the right combination of drugs could potentially overcome this resistance and stop a tumor in its tracks.  [Read more5-20-16

imgFlexible Metasurface
This device — a flexible metasurface, made of about 60 million silicon nano-posts, designed to change the optical properties of a cylinder — was made in the KNI by members of the Faraon Group. 

imgNanoparticle-based Therapies
A team of researchers led by Caltech scientists has shown that nanoparticles can function to target tumors while avoiding adjacent healthy tissue in human cancer patients.
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National Microbiome Initiative
The Kavli Foundation has committed $1 million to a Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge to accelerate discovery in the field of microbiome research and support development of next generation scientific tools for investigating life on a microbial scale. The Kavli Ideas Challenge will be led by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and carried out in partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Physical Society (APS). [Learn more]

img2016 Kavli Prize Announcement
Watch the live webcast [here] on June 2
8:15-10:00 am EDT;
5:15-7:00 am PDT;
2:15-4:00 pm CEST

imgA Decade of DNA Origami
On March 14-16, the Division of Engineering and Applied Science will hold a symposium "Ten Years of DNA Origami" to honor KNI-affiliated Faculty member Paul Rothemund for his contribution to the field, survey the spectrum of research it has inspired, and to take a look to the future. [Read more] 3-11-16
Photo credit: Paul W.K. Rothemund, Caltech

Solar Thermal Energy
KNI-affiliated faculty member Austin Minnich discusses current research in his lab in this new video:

imgHigh-Fidelity "Brain-Computer" Interface
Michael Roukes, KNI Board member, contributed to an article about the high-fidelity brain-computer interface that the government is hoping to develop as part of the BRAIN initiative. Is the timeline "DARPA Crazy"? [Read more] 2-29-16

Counting Molecules with a Cell Phone ismagilov
Researchers in the lab of KNI affiliated faculty member Rustem Ismagilov are inventing new technologies to help bring emerging diagnostic capabilities out of the laboratories and to the point of care. [Read more] 2-29-16

teamHelping the Search for Habitable Exoplanets
Promising new calibration tools, nicknamed "optical rulers", not previously deployed for astronomy, are now showing promise thanks to a collaboration between Kerry Vahala's group and researchers at JPL and NIST. [Read more] 2-29-16


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