Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 12:01pm
Gene mutation causes lethally low-fat diet
Researchers from the Carnegie Institution and the University of Pennsylvania have found a specific gene malfunction that could be responsible for diseases that limit the ability to absorb lipids...
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:20am
Deep Earth Heat Surprise
Researchers, including Alex Goncharov, have for the first time experimentally mimicked the pressure conditions of Earths’ deep mantle to measure thermal conductivity using a new measurement technique on the mantle material magnesium oxide (MgO). They found that heat transfer is lower than other predictions, with total heat flow across the Earth of about 10.4 terawatts, about 60 % of the power used today by civilization. They also found that conductivity has less dependence on pressure conditions than predicted.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 3:41pm
Reforestation’s Cooling Influence--A Result of Farmer’s Past Choices
Decisions by farmers to plant on productive land with little snow enhances the potential for reforestation to counteract global warming, concludes new research from Carnegie’s Julia Pongratz and Ken Caldeira. Previous research has led scientists and politicians to believe that regrowing forests on Northern lands that were cleared in order to grow crops would not decrease global warming. But these studies did not consider the importance of the choices made by farmers in the historical past.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 4:37am
Roller Coaster Superconductivity Discovered
Superconductors are more efficient at carrying electricity than copper wires. But these materials have to be cooled below an extremely low, so-called transition temperature for electrical resistance to disappear. Researchers at the Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory, have unexpectedly found that the transition temperature can be induced under two different intense pressures in a three-layered bismuth oxide crystal. They believe this unusual two-step phenomena comes from competition of electronic behavior in different layers.
Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:01pm
Airborne Ecologists Help Balance Delicate African Ecosystem
The African savanna is world famous for its wildlife, especially the iconic large herbivores such as elephants, zebras, and giraffes. But managing these ecosystems and balancing the interests of the large charismatic mammals with those of other species has been a perpetual challenge for park and game mangers. Now a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports the successful test of new remote-sensing technology to monitor the impact of management decisions on the savannah ecosystem.
Monday, March 28, 2005 - 1:00am
100 Greatest Discoveries
Carnegie molecular biologist Joseph Gall discusses the work of groundbreaking microscopists, biologists, zoologists, and geneticists with Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," as The Science Channel counts down the greatest science discoveries of our time...
Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 12:00am
Silver Tells a Volatile Story of Earth’s Origin
Tiny variations in the isotopic composition of silver in meteorites and Earth rocks are helping scientists put together a timetable of how our planet was assembled beginning 4.568 billion years ago. The new study, published in the journal Science, indicates that water and other key volatiles may have been present in at least some of Earth’s original building blocks, rather than acquired later from comets, as some scientists have suggested.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 2:03pm
Diamonds Reveal Deep Source of Platinum Deposits
The world’s richest source of platinum and related metals is an enigmatic geological structure in South Africa known as the Bushveld Complex. This complex of ancient magmas is known to have formed some two billion years ago, but the source of its metallic riches has been a matter of scientific dispute. Now researchers from the Carnegie Institution and the University of Cape Town have traced the origin of the unique ore deposits by using another of South Africa’s treasures—diamonds.
Monday, June 2, 2008 - 8:15am
Carnegie Launches Math for America Chapter in D.C.
The Carnegie Institution’s Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) has launched a partnership with Math for America (MfA) to improve the mathematics education of Washington, D.C., public and charter school students.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 9:55am
Asteroid Found in Gravitational “Dead Zone”
There are places in space where the gravitational tug between a planet and the Sun balance out, allowing other smaller bodies to remain stable called Lagrangian points. So-called Trojan asteroids have been found in some of these stable spots near Jupiter and Neptune. Now Scott Sheppard at the Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and Chad Trujillo have discovered the first Trojan asteroid in a difficult-to-detect stability region at Neptune—the Lagrangian L5 point.
Monday, January 9, 2012 - 3:11pm
Mirror Casting Event for the Giant Magellan Telescope
On January 14, 2012, the second 8.4-meter (27.6 ft) diameter mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be cast inside a rotating furnace at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) underneath the campus football stadium. The Mirror Lab will host a special event to highlight the milestone. Members of the media are invited to visit the Mirror Lab on Saturday morning, January 14, 2012, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. MST.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 2:15pm
Astronomers find puzzling dwarf star with complex magnetic fields
Typically, little M-dwarf stars—the most common type of star in the galaxy—are cold, quiet, and dim. Now a team of astronomers led by Edo Berger, a Carnegie-Princeton postdoctoral fellow, found one M-dwarf that doesn’t conform. It has an unusually active and complex magnetic field, stronger than our own Sun’s, and a huge hot spot that covers half of its surface.
Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:56am
Plate Tectonics Meets the Ice Ages in North American Landscapes
Tanya Atwater of the University of California, Santa Barbara, gave the final Capital Science Lecture for the 2007-2008 season on April 17th. Her engaging talk included computer animations, maps, and more to explore the interaction of some of North America’s large-scale topographic features and its many striking landforms. The tectonic features were created over long periods via plate tectonics, while the landforms developed during the recent ice ages. Atwater showed how they have interacted to produce some of the most stunning scenery in this part of the world.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 8:25am
Forest Carbon Monitoring Breakthrough in Colombia
Using new techniques, Carnegie and Colombian scientists have developed ultra-high resolution maps of the carbon stocks locked in tropical vegetation for 40% of the Colombian Amazon, an area about four times the size of Switzerland. Until now, the inability to accurately quantify carbon stocks at high spatial resolution over large areas has hindered the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program aimed at creating a financial value for storing carbon in tropical forests.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 2:28pm
Forecasting a Supernova Explosion
Type II supernovae are formed when massive stars collapse, initiating giant explosions. It is thought that stars emit a burst of mass as a precursor to the supernova explosion. If this process were better understood, it could be used to predict and study supernova events in their earliest stages. New observations from a team of astronomers including Carnegie's Mansi Kasliwal show a remarkable mass-loss event about a month before the explosion of a type IIn supernova.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:57pm
Under pressure: germanium
Although its name may make many people think of flowers, the element germanium is part of a frequently studied group of elements, called IVa, which could have applications for next-generation computer architecture as well as implications for fundamental condensed matter physics. New research reveals details of the element’s transitions under pressure. Their results show extraordinary agreement with the predictions of modern condensed matter theory.
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:32pm
Studying Ancient Earth’s Geochemistry
Researchers still have much to learn about the volcanism that shaped our planet’s early history. New evidence from a team led by Carnegie’s Frances Jenner demonstrates that some of the tectonic processes driving volcanic activity, such as those taking place today, were occurring as early as 3.8 billion years ago.
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 3:55pm
How Does Hydrogen Metallize?
Hydrogen is deceptively simple. It has only a single electron per atom, but it powers the sun and forms the majority of the observed universe. As such, it is naturally exposed to the entire range of pressures and temperatures available in the whole cosmos. But researchers are still struggling to understand even basic aspects of its various forms under high-pressure conditions. New work from a team at Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory makes significant additions to our understanding of this vital element’s high-pressure behavior.