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.
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, 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 2:52pm
Richard Meserve to Receive AAAS Abelson Award
The American Association for the Advancement of Science announced that Richard A. Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution, will receive the 2008 Philip Hauge Abelson Award for “advancing and promoting the use of science in the service of the public interest, and for exceptional contributions to the institutions [he has] served, to the scientific community at large, and to the general public, both in the U. S. and abroad.
Friday, November 7, 2008 - 5:15pm
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.
Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 10:21am
CarnegieScience Summer 2008 is available
The summer CarnegieScience features stories from the global limits of using biomass as a source for fuel to the first-ever witnesses of a supernova birth.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 1:43pm
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, December 8, 2011 - 3:30pm
The heart of the plant
Food prices are soaring at the same time as the Earth’s population is nearing 9 billion. As a result the need for increased crop yields is extremely important. New research led by Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer into the system by which sugars are moved throughout a plant—from the leaves to the harvested portions and elsewhere—could be crucial for addressing this problem.