Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 11:20am
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, July 22, 2013 - 7:26am
First High-resolution National Carbon Map—Panama
A Carnegie-led team of researchers has for the first time mapped the above ground carbon density of an entire country in high fidelity. They integrated field data with satellite imagery and high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging data to map and quantify carbon stocks throughout the Republic of Panama. The results are the first maps that report carbon stocks in areas as small as a hectare (2.5 acres) with the lowest uncertainty of any carbon-counting approach yet.
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 3:27pm
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.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 11:00pm
From Lab Dishwasher to Distinguished Researcher
Dianne Williams of Baltimore was hired by Carnegie’s Department of Embryology to wash lab dishes as part of a city job program for inner city youth in 1983. Now as head technician and manager of a Drosophila research lab, and with two degrees from Johns Hopkins University, she has authored four scientific papers and has been acknowledged on countless others. She will receive the Carnegie Service to Science Award on May 5, 2010, for her contributions
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:58pm
Found: Planets Skimming a Star’s Surface
A new planet-hunting survey has revealed planetary candidates with orbital periods as short as four hours and so close to their host stars that they are nearly skimming the stellar surface. If confirmed, these candidates would be among the closest planets to their stars discovered so far. Brian Jackson of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism will present his team’s findings, which are based on data from NASA’s Kepler mission, at the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences meeting.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:27pm
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.
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 10:47am
Exoplanet Atmospheres Detected from Earth
Two independent groups have simultaneously made the first-ever ground-based detection of extrasolar planets thermal emissions. Until now, virtually everything known about atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way has come from space-based observations. These new results, accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics, open a new frontier to studying these alien worlds and are especially critical because the major space-based workhorse to these studies, the Spitzer telescope, will soon run out of cryogens, highly limiting its capabilities.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 2:23pm
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.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 12:50pm
Carnegie’s Richard Meserve Awarded Nuclear Industry Leadership Prize
Carnegie President Richard A. Meserve received the William S. Lee Award for Leadership at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) annual conference on May 22. NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel observed, “[Meserve's] tireless contributions to the paramount issue of safety in the nuclear energy industry have been immeasurable. He’s one of the most well-respected figures in the nuclear field on any continent." For more information see the Nuclear Energy Institute press release.
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 7:02am
Educational Pioneer BioEYES Goes Down Under
The innovative, educational, outreach program BioEYES has now been adopted by Monash University and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. The down-under partnership program debuts this August. BioEYES is designed to foster an interest in and a love for science in elementary, middle, and high school students. Over the course of one week, students watch the transparent zebrafish, Danio rerio, grow from a single-celled zygote to a larval fish complete with a beating heart.
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:18pm
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.
Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 11:32am
Carnegie donates landmark clones to biology
Surprisingly little is known about the interactions that proteins have with each other and the protective membrane that surrounds a cell. These membrane proteins regulate nutrients, sense environmental threats, and are the communications interface between and within cells. Now researchers at Plant Biology have cloned genes to produce membrane proteins that may initiate instructions for genes to turn on in the nucleus. They just donated 2010 of them to the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 6:21am
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.
Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 4:48pm
NASA Selects Carnegie for Astrobiology Institute
NASA announced today that the Carnegie Institution is one of ten teams selected for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to conduct multidisciplinary research to study the origin and distribution of life in the universe. Carnegie’s George Cody of the Geophysical Laboratory (GL) is the principal investigator.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 7:15am
Wendy Freedman Co-recipient of Gruber Cosmology Prize
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation awarded the 2009 Cosmology Prize to Carnegie’s Wendy Freedman; Robert Kennicutt of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge; and Jeremy Mould at the University of Melbourne School of Physics. The prize is for their work defining the Hubble constant—the rate at which the universe is expanding.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:42am
Australia Gets $72 Million for the GMT
The Australian government has announced that it will provide $88.4 million AUD ($72.4 million USD) to help fund the revolutionary 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) to be sited at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile’s high-altitude Atacama Desert. This brings the funding that has been raised to date to $200 million out of approximately $700 million total needed to complete construction, which is scheduled for 2019.
Monday, July 23, 2012 - 12:59pm
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, May 12, 2010 - 6:52am
Ancient Galaxy Cluster Contains “Modern” Galaxies
A team of astronomers including Ivelina Momcheva of the Carnegie Observatories has discovered the most distant cluster of galaxies ever found. In a surprising twist, the young cluster born just 2.8 billion years after the Big Bang appears remarkably similar to the much older present-day galaxy clusters
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 8:17am
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.