Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 5:09pm
Drought hormones measured
Floods and droughts are increasingly in the news, and climate experts say their frequency will only go up in the future. As such, it is crucial for scientists to learn more about how these extreme events affect plants in order to prepare for and combat the risks to food security that could result. New work from Carnegie will allow researchers, for the first time, to measure the levels of a plant hormone involved in responses to drought stress in individual plant cells in real time.
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.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 3:41pm
Reforestation’s Cooling Influence--A Result of Farmers' 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.
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...
Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 12:01pm
Wesley T. Huntress Congressional Testimony
Carnegie Institution Geophysical Laboratory director Wesley T. Huntress expressed concerns about the future of America’s Earth and space science in testimony before Congress...
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, December 19, 2012 - 12:08pm
Closest Sun-like star may have planets
An international team of scientists, including Carnegie’s Paul Butler, has discovered that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may have five planets. At a distance of twelve light years and visible with a naked eye in the evening sky, Tau Ceti is the closest single star with the same spectral classification as our Sun. Its five planets are estimated to have masses between two and six times the mass of the Earth--making it the lowest-mass planetary system yet detected.
Friday, March 2, 2012 - 3:37pm
Year Book Archive Now Open Access
The Carnegie Institution for Science today announced that the complete archive of the Carnegie Year Book--the annual report of scientific research, published continuously since 1902--has been digitized and is now available online.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:58am
Carnegie’s Stephen Shectman receives Jackson-Gwilt Medal
The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded Stephen Shectman of the Carnegie Observatories the 2008 Jackson-Gwilt Medal for his exceptional work in developing astronomical instrumentation and in constructing telescopes.
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.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 4:35pm
Magnetism loses under pressure
Scientists at the Geophysical Laboratory, with colleagues, have discovered that the magnetic strength of magnetite—the most abundant magnetic mineral on Earth—declines drastically when put under pressure.
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.
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:16pm
Carnegie awarded new patent for diamond creation
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has issued a patent to the Carnegie Institution for a method of creating high quality diamond crystals larger than 10 carats.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 6:12pm
Probing hydrogen under extreme conditions
How hydrogen--the most abundant element in the cosmos--responds to extremes of pressure and temperature is one of the major challenges in modern physical science. Moreover, knowledge gleaned from experiments using hydrogen as a testing ground on the nature of chemical bonding can fundamentally expand our understanding of matter. New work from Carnegie scientists has enabled researchers to examine hydrogen under pressures never before possible.
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 8:17am
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President The Rockefeller University
“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.”
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.
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 3:17pm
Gold Mining Ravages Perú
For the first time, researchers have been able to map the true extent of gold mining in the biologically diverse region of Madre De Dios in the Peruvian Amazon. The team, led by Greg Asner, combined field surveys with airborne mapping and high-resolution satellite monitoring to show that the geographic extent of mining has increased 400% from 1999 to 2012 and that the average annual rate of forest loss has tripled since the Great Recession of 2008. Until this study, thousands of small, clandestine mines that have boomed since the economic crisis have gone unmonitored.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 2:03pm
MESSENGER settles old debates and makes new discoveries at Mercury
Scientists have argued about the origins of Mercury’s smooth plains and the source of its magnetic field for over 30 years. Now, analyses of data from the January 2008 flyby of the planet by the MESSENGER spacecraft have shown that volcanoes were involved in plains formation and suggest that its magnetic field is actively produced in the planet’s core and is not a frozen relic. Scientists additionally took their first look at the chemical composition the planet’s surface material. The tiny craft probed the composition of Mercury’s thin atmosphere, sampled charged particles (ions) near the planet, and demonstrated new links between both sets of observations and materials on Mercury’s surface. The results are reported in a series of 11 papers published in a special section of Science magazine on July 4th. Carnegie’s Sean Solomon, director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, is the mission’s principal investigator. For more see
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