Make a comment Community News Caltech engineers and scientists often work at the frontiers of scienceâ€”pushing the limits of what is known and what is possible. Now, with its eighth annual Breakthrough Awards, Popular Mechanics magazine is recognizing two projects that fall into this category and in which Caltech faculty members have played major rolesâ€”the development of ultralight micro-lattices by materials scientist Julia Greer and colleagues, and the Voyager 1 and 2 missions, whose project scientist, physicist Ed Stone, has been at Caltech for the missions’ entire 35-year ride.The Breakthrough Awards recognize “innovators and products that have dramatically advanced the fields of technology, medicine, space exploration, automotive design, environmental engineering and more.” This year’s recipients will receive their awards during a ceremony on October 4 in New York City.“I am delighted that Professor Greer is being honored with this award,” says Ares Rosakis, chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech. “She is a great example of how we in EAS are working at the edges of fundamental science to invent the technologies of the future.”Greer, an assistant professor of materials science and mechanics at Caltech, is being honored as part of the team that engineered a metallic lattice celebrated late last year as the world’s lightest solid material. Including engineers and researchers from HRL Laboratories and UC Irvine, the team was able to make three-dimensional lattices composed of tiny, metallic hollow tubes. The end product has a density of just 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimeter, making it approximately 100 times lighter than Styrofoam.“Having developed the micro-truss is a nice beginning,” says Greer, “but it’s not the end of the story in any way. Now we can start dreaming big, developing completely new materials for a variety of applications, without being limited by their classical processing routes.”In fact, since the group described the micro-trusses in the journal Science in November 2011, Greer has received several grants to work on potential applications ranging from lightweight, damage-tolerant, and radiation-resistant materials for use in space to planar structures that could hold thousands of modular solar cells at different angles in order to capture more of the solar spectrum.Stone, the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics at Caltech, will accept a special Mechanical Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the entire Voyager team, along with Suzanne Dodd (BS ’84), the project manager, and Jefferson Hall, the mission flight director. The Voyager spacecraft were built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which continues to operate both. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.Voyager 1 recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of its launch in 1977. It lifted off just 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2 (which reached Jupiter second despite being the first to launch). The long-lasting probes have revealed much about our solar systemâ€””things we hadn’t really thought about or imagined,” Stone says. Today, both spacecraft continue to relay data, and Voyager 1 is expected to enter interstellar space soon.“We are once again excited to recognize this year’s list of incredible honorees for their role in shaping the future,” said James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics, in a press release. “From a featherweight metal to the world’s fastest and most electrically efficient supercomputer, this year’s winners embody the creative spirit that the Breakthrough Awards were founded upon.”The winners were chosen by the editors of the magazine after recommendations were solicited from a wide range of experts and past Breakthrough Award winners, in fields ranging from aerospace and robotics to medicine and energy.To read more about all of the awards, visit the Popular Mechanics website. Full descriptions are also available in the magazine’s November issue, available on newsstands October 16. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Have you witnessed racial stereotyping among students at Oxford? You can contact our news team using this address: [email protected] Regardless of whether of the rugby social was indeed eventually held under a ‘Jewish’ theme, organisations expressed outrage that the offensive theme had even been considered in the first place.“We are appalled”A spokesman for the Union of Jewish Students for the United Kingdom said,“The actions of a few students have caused real offence.“We are appalled that in 2008 old myths and anti-Semitic stereotypes are still appearing amongst supposedly educated students.”A spokesman for CST (Community Security Trust), a national body responsible for providing training and advice for the protection of British Jews, said he could not believe what had been planned. “This event sounds at best extremely insensitive and stupid and at worst blatantly anti-Semitic and likely to cause feelings of vulnerability and isolation for Jewish students,” he said.“It is very disturbing to see actions that years ago would have been resolutely condemned as racism now becoming acceptable at Oxford.”The captain of the Under 21’s rugby squad admitted that a “bring a fit Jew’ party had been planned but denied that it had gone ahead.“This is completely not true”Asked to confirm whether the social did feature Jewish costumes, he insisted, “This is completely not true. There was no Jewish theme at all.”He stressed that the original theme had never been meant to offend anyone. “I don’t see what the problem is,” he said.“I can understand why it might have offended some people but it would have been an awesome social.“All the Jewish girls who had been invited were really looking forward to it. They knew what the theme was and they are still going.”Another member of the rugby squad, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he had initially thought the theme was “fairly good banter” but in retrospect had realised the incident was “not in touch with moral values of society.” A “bring a fit Jew” party organised by the Under 21’s squad of the Oxford University Rugby Club has sparked an investigation by the University.Guests were told to bring a ‘fit’ Jewish girl to the event which was due to be held on Wednesday night.Officials from the Oxford University Students’ Union rushed to have the controversial theme changed at the last minute, with the rugby captain giving assurances that the theme had been altered to “bring a fit girl” instead.Despite this a number of students have claimed a number of the players still attended the event fully dressed in stereotypical Jewish attire, although this has been denied by the captain of the squad.“Unacceptable behaviour”A spokesperson for Oxford University confirmed that an investigation had been launched into the incident.“We are currently investigating a report about inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour by two or three students,” she said.“We cannot comment directly on the case as we have yet to establish the facts. However, the University unreservedly condemns racial stereotyping.”Meanwhile, the Oxford University Jewish Chaplain confirmed that he had received complaints from several appalled students the morning after the event at Jamal’s curryhouse in Jericho.“It did go ahead as planned,” said Aaron Katchen.“Four different students called me. Some saw people after they had left [the venue].”He added that one complaint was sparked after a rugby player was heard bragging about the Jewish costume he had worn.“If people and institutions of the University can find humour in portraying minorities in such a fashion then I am disappointed in students of this intellectual calibre.”
It said the project was a good investment because of the healthy expected return, the investment diversification it added to the overall portfolio and the fact it reduced interest-rate sensitivity.“It is an integral part of our overall investment strategy to reduce duration in our investment portfolio,” the pension fund’s spokesman said, adding that PenSam had begun implementing this strategy five years ago.PenSam will remain as owner of the development after the construction phase, renting out the properties.The development has been designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter, and NCC Construction Danmark is the developer.Construction of the new flats is due to start in August 2015 and expected to be completed at the end of 2016.The first phase of the overall construction of Marmorbyen is scheduled to be ready in the late summer of 2015.The project will include four commercial rental properties and a hall.Most of the apartments will have three or four rooms and an average size of 105 sqm. Labour-market pension fund PenSam is investing in the construction of another 128 rental flats on Marmormolen (Marble Quay) in the Danish capital, adding to the 128 apartments already underway in the project.PenSam declined to say how much the deal was worth, but a spokesman said the ongoing return on the investment would be more than 10% a year.Marmormolen is a quay in the Nordhavn (North Harbour) district of Copenhagen, best known as the location of the large FN Byen (UN City) development.PenSam said it is co-owner of the site and the development – called Marmorbyen (Marble City) – along with state authority By & Havn (City & Port).