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Nobel laureate and trustee emeritus Charles Townes died January 27, at the age of 99.

Rick Carlson will become the director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), effective immediately. Rick steps into this role after being the acting director of DTM since May 2014.

Learn how acid rain from volcanic eruptions may have caused the largest mass extinction on the planet; witness the gold mining that is ravaging Peru; discover how fish could help us understand nicotine addiction, and much more in the spring 2014 CarnegieScience.

The world's largest celebration of science and engineering, the USA Science & Engineering Festival, will return to Washington, D.C., April 25-27, 2014. For our third year, the Carnegie Institution for Science will participate with hands-on experiences and opportunities to meet our scientists and staff. Visitors can prospect for microscopic diamonds...

What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail -- what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.

Greg Asner’s mapping technology produces detailed, complex pictures of how humans’ activities affect our ecosystems.


A befuddling blazar; the first-ever national Carbon map; the surprise behavior of ice under pressure; how plants can save us; and much, much more is featured in the fall 2013 CarnegieScience.


Learn about a rare triplet quasar; why male lions aren’t lazy after all, a nanotechnology breakthrough; a new cancer diagnostic technique; and much more in the summer 2013 issue of CarnegieScience.

Carnegie scientists look back in time to the most distant galaxy yet discovered. They discover how plants tell when there is too much salt in the soil; reveal the first Martian meteorite linked to the Martian crust; determine what happens with tree die-offs from climate change; identify how crystals could lead to faster computers, and much more in the spring CarnegieScience.

Discover how tiny molecular cages can revolutionize electronics, how life may have had a poisonous start, what fat and cholesterol go through in the gut, some causes of ocean “dead zones," how we know that the Moon has a lot more water than thought, and much, much more in the latest Year Book.