Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:09am
Future of biology rests in harnessing data avalanche
Like most sciences, biology is inundated with data. However, researchers, including Sue Rhee at Plant Biology, warn in a Nature feature that the avalanche of biological information is at the point where the discipline may be unable to reach its full potential without improvements for curating data into on-line databases. The piece outlines specific remedies to harness the information overload.
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...
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.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 2:08pm
Acidifying Oceans Add Urgency to CO2 Cuts
Stanford, CA— It’s not just about climate change anymore. Besides loading the atmosphere with heat-trapping greenhouse gases, human emissions of carbon dioxide have also begun to alter the chemistry of the ocean—often called the cradle of life on Earth. The ecological and economic consequences are difficult to predict but possibly calamitous, warn a team of chemical oceanographers in the July 4 issue of Science, and halting the changes already underway will likely require even steeper cuts in carbon emissions than those currently proposed to curb climate change.
Monday, July 23, 2012 - 1:59pm
New clues to the early Solar System from ancient meteorites
In order to understand Earth's earliest history--its formation from Solar System material into the present-day layering of metal core and mantle, and crust--scientists look to meteorites. New research from a team including Carnegie scientists focuses on one particularly old type of meteorite called diogenites. These samples were examined using an array of techniques, including precise analysis of certain elements for important clues to some of the Solar System's earliest chemical processing.
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.
Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 3:00pm
Corralling the carbon cycle
Scientists, including Global Ecology’s Joe Berry, may have overcome a major hurdle to calculating how much carbon dioxide is absorbed and released by plants, vital information for determining the amount of carbon that can be safely emitted by human activities. The problem is that ecosystems simultaneously take up and release CO2. The key finding is that the compound carbonyl sulfide, which plants consume in tandem with CO2, can be used to quantify gas flow into the plants during photosynthesis.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 1:00pm
Exoplanet Formation Surprise
A team of researchers has discovered evidence that an extrasolar planet may be forming quite far from its star—about twice the distance Pluto is from our Sun. The planet lies inside a dusty, gaseous disk around a small red dwarf TW Hydrae, which is only about 55% of the mass of the Sun. The discovery adds to the ever-increasing variety of planetary systems in the Milky Way.
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 2:00pm
Former CASE Director Inés Cifuentes Wins 2007 Hispanic Heritage Award
Former Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) director Inés Cifuentes has won this year’s Hispanic Heritage Award for Math and Science. Instituted by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Awards are the most prestigious Hispanic honors in America.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 2:42pm
Delving into manganite conductivity
Chemical compounds called manganites have been studied for many years since the discovery of colossal magnetoresistance, a property that promises important applications in the fields of magnetic sensors, magnetic random access memories and spintronic devices. However, understanding—and ultimately controlling—this effect remains a challenge, because much about manganite physics is still not known. This new research is an important breakthrough in our understanding of the mysterious ways manganites respond when subjected to intense pressure.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 3:23pm
Ultra-distant galaxy spied amidst cosmic “Dark Ages”
With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, a team of astronomers, including Carnegie’s Daniel Kelson, have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Light from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories was emitted when our 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old.
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.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 12:20pm
Carnegie Wins Grant to Probe Earth’s Deep Carbon
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Carnegie Institution a $4 million grant over three years to initiate the Deep Carbon Observatory -- an international, decade-long project to investigate the nature of carbon in Earth's deep interior.
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 7:18pm
Young graphite, old rocks: looking for evidence of earliest life
Scientists have long debated about the origin of carbon in Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks and how it might signal the remnants of the earliest forms of life on the planet. New research by a team including five scientists from Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism discovered that carbon samples taken from ancient Canadian rock formations are younger than the sedimentary rocks surrounding them, which were formed at least 3.8 billion years ago. Their results indicate that the carbon contained in such ancient rocks should not be assumed to be as old as the rocks, unless it can be shown to have had the same metamorphic history as the host rock.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 7:21am
Carnegie’s Meserve First Recipient of Tufts Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal
On Monday, April 4, 2011, Tufts University School of Engineering presented Richard A. Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution and a Tufts University alumnus, the first Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal. The award includes a commemorative medal and plaque, and a public lecture.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 11:08am
Carnegie’s Richard Carlson Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Geochemist Richard Carlson of Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism has been elected a member tof the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates of one the most prestigious honorary societies in the country.