Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:51pm
Honing in on supernova origins
Type Ia supernovae are important stellar phenomena, used to measure the expansion of the universe. But astronomers know embarrassingly little about the stars they come from and how the explosions happen. New research from a team led by Harvard University and including Carnegie’s Josh Simon, Chris Burns, Nidia Morrell, and Mark Phillips examined 23 Type Ia supernovae and helped identify the formation process for at least some of them.
Friday, December 19, 2008 - 1:35pm
Carnegie Wins Grant to Preserve Historic Photos
The Carnegie Institution has been awarded a $9,400 grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, to preserve and enhance access to a collection of historic photographs of scientific instruments and apparatus in the archives of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM). The collection spans five decades from 1904 to the 1950s and includes thousands of images important to the history of geophysics, atomic physics, and astronomy.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 8:27am
Scientists Study Possible Responses to Climate Emergencies
The future of the Earth could rest on potentially dangerous and unproven geoengineering technologies unless emissions of carbon dioxide can be greatly reduced, claims a new study coauthored by Carnegie’s Ken Caldeira and published by the UK’s Royal Society, September 1.
Monday, June 23, 2008 - 1:10pm
Chemical Clues Point to Dusty Origin for Earth-like Planets
Higher than expected levels of sodium found in a 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite suggest that the dust clouds from which the building blocks of the Earth and neighboring planets formed were much denser than previously supposed.
Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 12:01pm
Otherworldly Bacteria Discovered Two Miles Down
Researchers have discovered an isolated, self-sustaining, bacterial community living under extreme conditions almost two miles deep beneath the surface in a South African gold mine...
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 7:53am
Carnegie’s Timothy Strobel to Receive Jamieson Award
Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory’s newest staff member, Timothy Strobel, will be given the prestigious Jamieson Award on September 26, 2011, from the International Association for the Advancement of High Pressure Science and Technology in Mumbai, India. The Jamieson Award is given to a scientist who has just completed outstanding PhD thesis research or to an exceptional postdoctoral researcher. Strobel’s research focuses on developing new hydrogen-based materials to meet our country’s energy challenges.
Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:19am
New Hydrogen-Storage Method Discovered
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution have found for the first time that high pressure can be used to make a unique hydrogen-storage material. The discovery paves the way for an entirely new approach to the hydrogen-storage problem.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 8:57pm
Preventing Climate Change: The Size of the Energy Challenge
In 2004 a very popular study aimed to address climate change by deploying wedges of different existing energy technologies or approaches. According to the study by Robert Socolow and Stephen Pacala, each wedge would avoid one billion tons of carbon (1 GtC) emissions per year after 50 years. The study showed that, at that time, seven wedges could stabilize carbon dioxide emissions relative to what would happen if things remained “business-as-usual.” A new perspective paper from a group including Carnegie’s Ken Caldeira uses the wedge approach to estimate the size of the energy challenge posed by climate change today.
Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 12:00am
Planetary Radio Astronomy Turns 50 with Fanfare!
Fifty years ago, Bernard Burke and Kenneth Franklin, of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), picked up “the voice of Jupiter,” at an observatory near Seneca, MD...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 3:38am
Private Support Helps Public Plant Research
The private sector and an Austrian research institute are chipping in to help support one of the most widely used public biological databases in the world. Although the majority of funding continues to come from the National Science Foundation, The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) database is now receiving support from other organizations as well. Two corporations have recently signed on as TAIR sponsors: Dow AgroSciences and most recently Syngenta Biotechnology Inc.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:23am
Richard Meserve Elected National Academy of Engineering Councillor
Carnegie president Richard Meserve has been elected to a three-year term as councillor of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) beginning July 1, 2011. The academy, founded in 1964, is a private, independent, nonprofit organization that provides advice to the federal government on engineering matters.
Monday, May 21, 2007 - 12:00am
Alarming acceleration in CO2 emissions worldwide
Between 2000 and 2004, worldwide CO2 emissions increased at a rate that is over three times the rate during the 1990s—the rate increased from 1.1 % per year during the 1990s to 3.1% per year in the early 2000s...
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 4:54pm
Carnegie Science Holiday Card 2012
This image was selected as our holiday card for 2012. The snowflake is based on a new structure of “filled” ice discovered recently at the Geophysical Laboratory
Monday, April 1, 2013 - 8:15am
Extreme Algal Blooms: The New Normal?
A research team, led by Carnegie’s Anna Michalak, has determined that the 2011 record-breaking algal bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme precipitation, followed by weak lake circulation and warm temperatures. The team also predicts that, unless agricultural policies change, the lake will continue to experience extreme blooms.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:23am
The University of Chicago Joins Giant Magellan Telescope Project
The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) Corporation is pleased to announce that the University of Chicago has joined the partnership that will construct the 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a state of the art astronomical observatory. The GMT will be used to address fundamental questions in cosmology and astrophysics and to explore worlds around other stars.
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, November 16, 2011 - 9:04am
Spend an L.A. Evening with the Giant Magellan Telescope
Join a discussion with leading astronomers about how one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Giant Magellan Telescope, will help solve some of the most vexing problems in astronomy today—from the nature of dark energy and dark matter to finding signatures of life on other planets. The event will take place November 20, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA, from 1 to 5 PM.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 8:13am
Scientists Watch Cell-Shape Process for First Time
Researchers at Plant Biology, with colleagues, witnessed for the first time a fundamental process of cellular organization in living plant cells: the formation of the cellular protein network that is the scaffolding that provides structure and ultimately form and shape to the cell. See movies