Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 2:37pm
Exploring Planets in Distant Space and Deep Interiors
In recent years researchers have found hundreds of new planets beyond our solar system, raising questions about the origins and properties of these exotic worlds—not to mention the possible presence of life. Speaking at a symposium titled “The Origin and Evolution of Planets” held at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, two Carnegie Institution scientists presented their perspectives on the new era of planetary exploration.
Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:00am
Carnegie’s Dave Mao awarded AGU’s Inge Lehmann Medal
The American Geophysical Union has awarded Carnegie's Ho-kwang (Dave) Mao the Inge Lehmann Medal for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth's mantle and core." Mao has been a pioneer in high-pressures physics and related technology development for over 30 years...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 1:27pm
Researchers Explain Nitrogen Paradox in Forests
Nitrogen is essential to all life on Earth, and the processes by which it cycles through the environment may determine how ecosystems respond to global warming. But certain aspects of the nitrogen cycle in temperate and tropical forests have puzzled scientists, defying, in a sense, the laws of supply and demand. Now scientists from the Carnegie Institution have explained the paradox by recognizing the role of two other factors: temperature and the abundance of another key element, phosphorous.
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:16pm
Breakthrough in Nanocrystals Growth
For the first time scientists, including researchers with the Geophysical Lab, have been able to watch nanoparticles grow from the earliest stages of their formation. Nanoparticles are the foundation of nanotechnology and their performance depends on their structure, composition, and size. Researchers will now be able to develop ways to control conditions under which they are grown. The breakthrough will affect a wide range of applications including solar-cell technology and chemical and biological sensors.
Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:07pm
Carnegie’s Richard Carlson Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Geochemist Richard Carlson of Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism has been elected a 2009 fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is among 210 new fellows and 19 foreign honorary members of one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the country.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 3:16pm
Building better structural materials
When materials are stressed, they eventually change shape. Initially these changes are elastic, and reverse when the stress is relieved. When the material’s strength is exceeded, the changes become permanent. This could result in the material breaking or shattering, but it could also re-shape the material, such as a hammer denting a piece of metal. Understanding this last group of changes is the focus of research from a team including Carnegie’s Ho-kwang "Dave" Mao.
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 12:00am
Andrew Carnegie Medals Of Philanthropy Awarded
Over 400 guests from across the globe gathered in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, October 4, for the presentation of the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2005...
Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 3:43pm
Carnegie’s Field and Koshland Elected AAAS Fellows
Christopher B. Field, director of Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology, and Douglas E. Koshland, staff scientist at the Department of Embryology, have been elected AAAS Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The announcement appears in the News & Notes section of the December19, 2008 issue of Science.
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 4:19pm
Looking for Earths by looking for Jupiters
In the search for Earth-like planets, it is helpful to look for clues and patterns that can help scientist narrow down the types of systems where potentially habitable planets are likely to be discovered. New research from a team including Carnegie’s Alan Boss narrows down the search for Earth-like planets near Jupiter-like planets. Their work indicates that the early post-formation movements of hot-Jupiter planets probably disrupt the formation of Earth-like planets.
Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 10:21am
Joe Berry Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Joseph A. Berry, of the Department of Global Ecology, has been elected a 2009 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is one of 54 2009 Fellows—only 0.1% of the members are elected annually.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 3:16pm
Progreso excepcional en el mapeo de carbono
Mediante la integración de mapeo satélital, tecnología láser aerotransportada, y estudios a nivel de parcelas, los científicos de la Institución Carnegie Departamento de Ecología de Global, con colegas del Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza WWF y en coordinación con el Ministerio Peruano del Ambiente (MINAM), han revelado los primeros mapas de alta resolución de carbono almacenado en la vegetación de bosques tropicales y emitido por prácticas de uso de la tierra. Estos nuevos mapas marcan el camino para el monitoreo preciso de el almacenamiento de carbono y emisiones en el marco de la propuesta de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción de Emisiones por Deforestación y Degradación (REDD).
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 4:32pm
Squeezed Crystals Deliver More Volts Per Jolt
A discovery by scientists at the Carnegie Institution has opened the door to a new generation of piezoelectric materials that can convert mechanical strain into electricity and vice versa, potentially cutting costs and boosting performance in myriad applications ranging from medical diagnostics to green energy technologies.
Friday, March 23, 2012 - 1:47pm
Mountaintop Blasting to Mine the Sky with the Giant Magellan Telescope
Astronomers began to blast 3 million cubic feet of rock from a mountaintop in the Chilean Andes today to prepare for the world’s largest telescope at the Carnegie Institution’s Las Campanas Observatory. Over the next few months, more than 70 controlled blasts will break up the rock while leaving a solid bedrock foundation for the telescope and its precision scientific instruments.More information about the telescope is here
Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 1:00am
Stem Cells Determine Their Daughters’ Fate
Carnegie Department of Embryology scientists report findings that could transform our basic understanding of stem cells and prove valuable in the fight against some cancers...
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 4:27pm
Global Ecology’s Field and Caldeira Major Contributors to Nobel-winning Climate Panel
Carnegie scientists Chris Field and Ken Caldeira of the Department of Global Ecology are key contributors in the UN panel awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on October 12 for work on global climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shares the prize with former vice president Al Gore for his role in communicating the issue to the public.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 7:18am
Carnegie’s Christopher Field To Receive Heinz Award
Palo Alto, CA— Christopher Field, director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, has been awarded a prestigious Heinz award. The awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, by recognizing “extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him.”
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 1:27pm
New Stars from Old Gas Surprise Astronomers
Evidence of star birth within a cloud of primordial gas has given astronomers a glimpse of a previously unknown mode of galaxy formation. The cloud, known as the Leo Ring, appears to lack the dark matter and heavy elements normally found in galaxies today. The unexpected discovery comes thanks to instruments aboard NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft which are sensitive to the ultraviolet radiation emitted by newly formed stars.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 9:17am
Carnegie Institution in Top 1% of Charities for Best Fiscal Management
Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has awarded the Carnegie Institution of Washington its highest rating, 4 stars, for sound fiscal management for 7 years running. Charity Navigator evaluates over 5,300 charities and only 12 have received a 4-star rating 7 years in a row.
Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:28am
New Possibilities for Hydrogen-Producing Algae
Photosynthesis produces the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe ― could it also help satisfy our future energy needs by producing clean-burning hydrogen? Researchers studying a hydrogen-producing, single-celled green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have unmasked a previously unknown fermentation pathway that may open up possibilities for increasing hydrogen production.