Press Releases

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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An international team of astronomers, including five Carnegie scientists, reports the discovery of two new planets orbiting a very old star that is near to our own Sun. One of these planets orbits the star at the right distance to allow liquid water to exist on its surface, a key ingredient to support life. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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A woman’s supply of eggs is a precious commodity because only a few hundred mature eggs can be produced throughout her lifetime and each must be as free as possible from genetic damage. Part of egg production involves a winnowing of the egg supply during fetal development, childhood and into adulthood down from a large starting pool. New research offers fresh insights into the earliest stages of egg selection, which may have broad implications for women’s health and fertility. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Breaking research news from a team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Ho-kwang “Dave” Mao reveals that the composition of the Earth’s lower mantle may be significantly different than previously thought. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Wolf-Rayet stars are very large and very hot. Astronomers have long wondered whether Wolf-Rayet stars are the progenitors of certain types of supernovae. New work has identified a Wolf-Rayet star as the likely progenitor of a recently exploded supernova. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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The structures and star populations of massive galaxies appear to change as they age, but much about how these galaxies formed and evolved remains mysterious. Many of the oldest and most massive galaxies reside in clusters, enormous structures where numerous galaxies are found concentrated together. Galaxy clusters in the early universe are thought to be key to understanding the lifecycles of old galaxies, but to date astronomers have located only a handful of these rare, distant structures. New research has confirmed the presence of an unusually distant galaxy cluster, JKCS 041. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

“Matt Scott is the perfect choice to lead the Carnegie Institution for Science. A world-renowned geneticist, his wide-ranging discoveries have illuminated how the body takes shape during embryonic development and led to the development of new cancer therapies. He is unusual in the breadth of his interests, not just in the biological but also in the physical sciences, making him a perfect match for the range of scientific activities at the Institution. He is also a gifted leader, with vision and a flair for talent, a supportive mentor and an exceptional communicator. I am confident he will take Carnegie to even greater heights.”

Monday, May 19, 2014

“Matt Scott will continue a tradition of strong leadership at the helm of the Carnegie—he is a highly accomplished developmental biologist who also has broad and deep interests in many other areas of discovery research including the environment, molecular evolution, and multiple disciplines within the physical sciences. He will be a great fit for the inter-disciplinary portfolio of the Carnegie.”

Monday, May 19, 2014

“Matt Scott will be a visionary leader of the Carnegie Institution at a time when so many extraordinary technological breakthroughs have opened up unprecedented opportunities in science.”

Monday, May 19, 2014

“Matt Scott is a great choice to lead the Carnegie Institution for Science. As a world-class biologist and Chair of Stanford’s Bio-X initiative, Matt has a deep understanding of what leading-edge, interdisciplinary science requires.

 

He also has boundless curiosity about the world that is matched by seemingly unlimited energy. These qualities are a great fit with the unique and diverse missions and potential of Carnegie’s departments. I am looking forward to welcoming Matt to Washington where he will find many like-minded colleagues who are working to advance science and science education.”
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Matt Scott transformed Stanford's bioscience research as an inspirational and effective leader of Stanford's interdisciplinary Bio-X Program. The result is a thriving and broad-based research program that brings together 100s of researchers from diverse disciplines focused on enhancing human health."