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Engineering and Science, Volume 66:4, 2003

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Covers 2003 number 4.indd E S I N T H I S I S S U E &e n g i n e e r i n g a n d s c i e n c e C A L I F O R N I A INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Volume LXVI, Number 4,     Sp i tzer ’s Sk ies Napoleon ’s Conste l l a t ions Naeg ler ’s Amoebas The Mudeo returned to Caltech after a six-year absence. Organized by Jeff Cox, a senior in mechanical engineering, it happened on January 19. Mudeos are traditionally held at construction sites, in this case the future home of a 700-space underground parking structure going in beneath the athletic field north of the gymnasiums. The decades-old tradition is designed to maximize the muck per square inch of skin, with events including a tug o’ war, wheelbarrow races, a “tire spree,” keep-away, and wrasslin’ matches. What does one wear to a Mudeo? “Whatever you don’t mind throwing away,” says Cox. E SC a l i f o r n i a Institute of Technology &e n g i n e e r i n g a n d s c i e n c e Volume LXVI, Number 4, 2003 �2 8 � 20 32 37 41 43 Random Walk The Far, the Cold , and the Dusty — by Doug las L . Smi th Caltech and JPL collaborate on a new infrared telescope in space that will change the way we see the universe. Here’s a first peek. Egypt i an Stars under Par i s Sk ies — by Jed Z . Buchwa ld An ancient (but how ancient?) zodiac rouses Napoleonic-era physicists to attempt calculations of the earth’s age. Bra in Worms and Bra in Amoebas : They Do Ex i s t — by Andrea Manzo A Core 1 (science writing) paper gives us more things to worry about. Depar tments Books Obi tuar ies : Edward Hutch ings J r. ; Peter W. Fay Facu l ty F i le Engineering & Science (ISSN 0013-7812) is published quarterly at the California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125. Annual subscription $10.00 domestic, $20.00 foreign air mail; single copies

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