Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 9:03am
Doug Koshland Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
Douglas E. Koshland, staff scientist at Carnegie’s Department of Embryology, has been elected one of 72 Fellows by the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are annually elected “through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.”
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:46am
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.
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...
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 4:17pm
Geoengineering and global food supply
Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal, oil, and gas have been increasing over the past decades, causing the Earth to get hotter and hotter. There are concerns that a continuation of these trends could have catastrophic effects, including crop failures in the heat-stressed tropics. This has led some to explore drastic ideas for combating global warming, including the idea of trying to counteract it by reflecting sunlight away from the Earth. However, it has been suggested that reflecting sunlight away from the Earth might itself threaten the food supply of billions of people. New research led by Carnegie’s Julia Pongratz examines the potential effects that geoengineering the climate could have on global food production and concludes that sunshade geoengineering would be more likely to improve rather than threaten food security.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 3:35pm
Disappearing and reappearing superconductivity surprises scientists
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 at low temperatures, or can be induced under chemical and high external 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 work demonstrates unexpected superconductivity in a type of compounds called iron selenium chalcogenides.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:14pm
Carnegie’s BioEYES Honored Twofold
Baltimore, MD—Carnegie’s educational outreach program, BioEYES, will be the recipient of the 2012 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize from the Society for Developmental Biology. BioEYES founders Steve Farber and Jamie Shuda (University of Pennsylvania), will accept the award at the upcoming annual meeting of the society in Montreal in July. BioEYES, with program manager Valerie Butler, is also currently featured in a video on the front page of the Baltimore City Schools' website.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 11:12am
Early Agriculture Left Traces in Animal Bones
Unraveling the origins of agriculture in different regions around the globe has been a challenge for archeologists. Now researchers writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report finding evidence of early human experiments with grain cultivation in East Asia. They gathered this information from an unlikely source―dog and pig bones.
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 4:39pm
Plant research funding crucial for the future
The scientific community needs to make a 10-year, $100 billion investment in food and energy security, says Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer and Tom Brutnell of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in an opinion piece published in the June issue of The Scientist. They say the importance of addressing these concerns in light of a rapidly growing global population is on par with President John Kennedy’s promise to put man on the moon—a project that took a decade and cost $24 billion.
Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 12:01pm
Alloy of Hydrogen and Oxygen Made From Water
Researchers including Carnegie’s Russell Hemley and Ho-kwang Mao have used x-rays and high pressure to form an alloy of molecular oxygen and molecular hydrogen...
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 2:29pm
Standard & Poor’s Reaffirms Carnegie’s AA+ Rating
The credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has reaffirmed the Carnegie Institution for Science’s AA+ long-term rating and stable outlook. It is the second highest rating given by the organization.
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, May 21, 2007 - 12:00am
Geoscience converges under pressure
The contents of the deep Earth affect the planet as a whole, including life at its surface, but scientists must find unusual ways to “see” it. Only recently have researchers been able to produce the extreme temperatures and pressures found inside our planet to understand how it is forming and evolving...
Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 12:01pm
Unlocking the frozen secrets of comet Wild 2
Since NASA’s Stardust mission returned the first solid comet samples retrieved from space, scientists have studied the minuscule grains, looking for clues to the history of our solar system...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 10:50am
Under Pressure, Atoms Make Unlikely Alloys
Ever since the Bronze Age, humans have experimented with combining different metals to create alloys with properties superior to either metal alone. But not all metals readily form alloys – for some pairs of elements the atoms are too dissimilar. Now researchers in an international team have discovered that previously impossible alloys can be created by subjecting atoms to high pressure―opening up possibilities for new materials in the future.