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...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 1:34pm
Extremely Rare Triple Quasar Found
For only the second time in history, a team of scientists--including Carnegie's Michele Fumagalli--have discovered an extremely rare triple quasar system. Their work is published by Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 12:01pm
Christine D. Smith appointed first chief advancement officer at Carnegie
Christine D. Smith, formerly associate vice president for Main Campus development and senior director of development for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, has been appointed the first chief advancement officer of the Carnegie Institution of Washington...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 2:39pm
Electronic heat trap grips deep Earth
The key to understanding Earth’s evolution, including our atmosphere and how volcanoes and earthquakes form, is to look into the lower mantle—a region some 400 to 1,800 miles below the surface. Researchers at the Geophysical Laboratory discovered that the concentration of highly oxidized iron in the two major mantle minerals is key to moving heat in that region and affects material movement throughout the planet.
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.
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, 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.