Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 12:43pm
Global Ecology’s Congressional ‘Hat Trick’
One of the rationales behind basic research is to provide the scientific foundations for good public policy. Carnegie scientists have always done their share, but the Department of Global Ecology recently pulled off a public policy “hat trick” that is impressive even by Carnegie standards: three DGE scientists testified in three separate Congressional hearings in one day.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 12:00pm
Exoplanet Formation Surprise
A team of researchers has discovered evidence that an extrasolar planet may be forming quite far from its star—about twice the distance Pluto is from our Sun. The planet lies inside a dusty, gaseous disk around a small red dwarf TW Hydrae, which is only about 55% of the mass of the Sun. The discovery adds to the ever-increasing variety of planetary systems in the Milky Way.
Friday, November 7, 2008 - 4:15pm
World Needs Climate Emergency Backup Plan, Says Expert
In submitted testimony to the British Parliament, climate scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution said that while steep cuts in carbon emissions are essential to stabilizing global climate, there also needs to be a backup plan. Geoengineering solutions such as injecting dust into the atmosphere are risky, but may become necessary if emissions cuts are insufficient to stave off catastrophic warming. He urged that research into the pros and cons of geoengineering be made a high priority.
Monday, November 23, 2009 - 10:19am
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, August 4, 2010 - 2:38am
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.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:04am
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, September 1, 2009 - 7:27am
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.
Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 11:00pm
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, September 19, 2007 - 10:03am
The Carnegie Institution launches its new Web site!
The Carnegie Institution’s new look, featured on this new Web site, helps identify who we are clearly and concisely. By closely associating “Carnegie” and “science” in our new logo, our core identity is obvious in the blink of an eye. Although we have made every effort to work out the bugs in the new Web site, if you notice anything, or have any comments, please email the web master, Rob Ellis at email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 7:13am
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
Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 11:00pm
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...
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 7:23am
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, June 23, 2008 - 12:10pm
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.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 10:23am
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.