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.
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.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 4:15pm
Carnegie’s Wendy Freedman Named AAAS Fellow
Carnegie Observatories director Wendy Freedman has been selected as an AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:14pm
Man in the Moon Looking Younger
Earth’s Moon could be younger than previously thought, according to new research. The prevailing theory of our Moon’s origin is that it was created by a giant impact between a large planet-like object and the proto-Earth. The energy of this impact was sufficiently high that the Moon formed from melted material that was ejected into space. As the Moon cooled, this magma solidified into different mineral components. Analysis of lunar rock samples thought to have been derived from the original magma has given scientists a new estimate of the Moon’s age.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 2:52am
Carnegie’s Larry Nittler Elected Meteoritical Fellow
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) staff member Larry Nittler has been elected a fellow of the Meteoritical Society. Society fellows are “members who have distinguished themselves in meteoritics or allied sciences.” Just one percent of the membership can be elected by the society’s council on even-numbered years.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 4:29pm
Caldeira, Fei, and Shirey Elected AGU Fellows
Carnegie scientists Kenneth Caldeira of the Department of Global Ecology, Yingwei Fei of the Geophysical Laboratory, and Steven Shirey of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism have been elected 2010 Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Election to Fellowship each year honors scientists who “have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 10:08am
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.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 10:25am
New Technology Needed to Monitor Rain Forest “Tsunami”
Human impact on tropical forest ecosystems has reached a “tsunami” stage, say scientists, and will require a new generation of sophisticated remote-sensing technology to monitor the changes. Speaking at a Smithsonian symposium Gregory Asner of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology presented new estimates of the global human impact on rain forests, including not only deforestation but also the extent of selective logging and forest regeneration.
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 2:01pm
Classic Experiments Give New Insight on Life’s Origin
The building blocks of life may have emerged in volcanic eruptions on the early Earth, according to a new analysis of classic experiments performed more than fifty years ago. Using modern techniques to examine samples from the original experiments, researchers discovered previously undetectable organic compounds. The results, reported in the October 17 issue of Science, point to the possible contribution of volcanism to the beginning of life on Earth.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 6:46am
New Cancer Diagnostic Technique Debuts
Cancer cells break down sugars and produce the metabolic acid lactate at a much higher rate than normal cells. This phenomenon provides a telltale sign that cancer is present, via diagnostics such as PET scans, and possibly offers an avenue for novel cancer therapies. Now a team of Chilean researchers and Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer have devised a molecular sensor that can detect levels of lactate in individual cells in real time.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 4:59pm
High Pressure Yields Novel Single-Element ‘Compound’
An international team of researchers including scientists at the Carnegie Institution has discovered a new chemical compound that consists of a single element―boron. Chemical compounds are conventionally defined as substances consist of two or more elements, but the researchers found that a high pressure and temperature pure boron can assume two distinct forms that bond together to create a novel “compound” that can be described as boron boride.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 8:58am
Plant Scientists Participate in DOE Energy Frontier Research Center
The Carnegie Institution’s Department of Plant Biology is a major participant in a newly-funded Department of Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) at Stanford University. The new EFRC, called the Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, will conduct basic research on developing new materials and technologies for meeting energy needs while reducing emission of greenhouse gases.