Monday, July 1, 2013 - 4:22pm
Superconductivity is a rare physical state in which matter is able to conduct electricity—maintain a flow of electrons—without any resistance. This phenomenon can only be found in certain materials under specific low-temperature and high-pressure conditions. Research to create superconductors at higher temperatures has been ongoing for two decades with the promise of significant impact on electrical transmission. New research found unexpected superconductivity that could help scientists better understand the structural changes that create this rare phenomenon.
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.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 8:53am
Nanotechnology Imaging Breakthrough
A team led by Carnegie researcher Wenge Yang has made a major breakthrough in measuring the structure of nanomaterials under extremely high pressures. They developed a new way to get around the severe distortions of high-energy X-ray beams that are used to image the structure of a gold nanocrystal. The technique could lead to advancements of new nanomaterials created under high pressures and a greater understanding of what is happening in planetary interiors.
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
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 1:00am
Genetic defenders protect crops from fungal disease
Shauna Somerville and Mónica Stein, of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Plant Biology, are the first to document how defense genes team up in plants like waves of soldiers guarding a castle gate...
Monday, January 25, 2010 - 2:12pm
Washington, D.C.—Physicists have long wondered whether hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, could be transformed into a metal and possibly even a superconductor—the elusive state in which electrons can flow without resistance. They have speculated that under certain pressure and temperature conditions hydrogen could be squeezed into a metal and possibly even a superconductor, but proving it experimentally has been difficult. High-pressure researchers, including Carnegie’s Ho-kwang (Dave) Mao, have now modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state—a huge boost in the understanding of how this abundant material could be harnessed. The study is published in the January 25, 2010, early, on-line edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Monday, December 9, 2013 - 4:16pm
The Smoking Gun: Fish Brains and Nicotine
In researching neural pathways, it helps to establish an analogous relationship between a region of the human brain and the brains of more-easily studied animal species. New work from a team led by Carnegie’s Marnie Halpern hones in on one particular region of the zebrafish brain that could help us understand the circuitry underlying nicotine addiction.
Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 1:00am
2005 Science Breakthrough: Revising Earth’s Early History
Researchers at the Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) found that Earth’s mantle separated into chemically distinct layers faster and earlier than previously believed. Science magazine recognized the work in its December 23 issue, as one of the science breakthroughs for 2005...
Monday, November 26, 2012 - 8:52pm
Magnesium oxide: From Earth to super-Earth
The mantles of Earth and other rocky planets are rich in magnesium and oxygen. Due to its simplicity, the mineral magnesium oxide is a good model for studying the nature of planetary interiors. New work from a team led by Carnegie’s Stewart McWilliams studied how magnesium oxide behaves under the extreme conditions deep within planets and found evidence that alters our understanding of planetary evolution.
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:23am
Carnegie’s Christoph Lepper Receives Prestigious Early Independence Award
Staff associate Christoph Lepper, at Carnegie’s Department of Embryology, is one of 10 recipients of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards. This is the first year of the awards. Lepper will receive a prize of $250,000 per year for five years to carry out his creative research program as an independent investigator. The prize is designed to launch exceptional young scientists into independent positions directly out of graduate school.
Monday, September 26, 2005 - 12:00am
How to avoid severe climate change discussed at CO2 conference
Hurricane Katrina may be a small taste of what is to come if emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2 ) are not diminished soon, warns Dr. Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 4:42pm
Big Boost to Plant Research
The four largest nonprofit plant science research institutions in the U.S. have joined forces to form the Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes (AIPI) in an effort to target plant science research to meet the profound challenges facing society in a more coordinated and rapid fashion.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 10:50am
80% of Malaysian Borneo Degraded by Logging
A study published in the July 17, issue of the journal PLOS ONE found that more than 80% of tropical forests in Malaysian Borneo have been heavily impacted by logging.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 2:59pm
Future Warming: Issues of Magnitude and Pace
Researchers reviewed the likelihood of continued changes to the terrestrial climate, including an analysis of a collection of 27 climate models. If emissions of heat-trapping gases continue along the recent trajectory, 21st century mean annual global warming could exceed 3.6 °F ( 2 °C) over most terrestrial regions during 2046 to 2065 and 7.2 °F (4 °C) during 2081-2100.At this pace, it will probably be the most rapid large climate change in the last 65 million years.
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, April 16, 2008 - 2:55pm
Baby Stars Born in Galactic Outback
Co-authors Mark Seibert and Barry Madore of the Observatories are part of team that has produced a stunning new image showing infant stars growing in a remote area of galaxy M83.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 7:34am
World’s Most Advanced Telescope Mirror Completed
Washington, D.C.--Scientists with the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization have completed the most challenging large astronomical mirror ever made. The mirror will be part of the 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which will explore planets around other stars and the formation of stars, galaxies and black holes in the early universe.