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.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 7:52am
Ancient Galaxy Cluster Contains “Modern” Galaxies
A team of astronomers including Ivelina Momcheva of the Carnegie Observatories has discovered the most distant cluster of galaxies ever found. In a surprising twist, the young cluster born just 2.8 billion years after the Big Bang appears remarkably similar to the much older present-day galaxy clusters
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 11:47am
Exoplanet Atmospheres Detected from Earth
Two independent groups have simultaneously made the first-ever ground-based detection of extrasolar planets thermal emissions. Until now, virtually everything known about atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way has come from space-based observations. These new results, accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics, open a new frontier to studying these alien worlds and are especially critical because the major space-based workhorse to these studies, the Spitzer telescope, will soon run out of cryogens, highly limiting its capabilities.
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:51pm
Honing in on supernova origins
Type Ia supernovae are important stellar phenomena, used to measure the expansion of the universe. But astronomers know embarrassingly little about the stars they come from and how the explosions happen. New research from a team led by Harvard University and including Carnegie’s Josh Simon, Chris Burns, Nidia Morrell, and Mark Phillips examined 23 Type Ia supernovae and helped identify the formation process for at least some of them.
Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 12:56pm
Donald Brown Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Society for Developmental Biology
Donald D. Brown, of Carnegie’s Department of Embryology, will receive the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology. The award is given to “a senior developmental biologist in recognition of her/his outstanding and sustained contributions in the field…[and]for the individual's excellence in research and for being a superb mentor who has helped train the next generation of exceptional scientists.”
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 8:36am
Carnegie Science Returns Up 11%
The Carnegie Institution for Science posted an 11% return on its investments for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. As of today, the institution’s endowment stands at approximately $700 million, or 15% above the low experienced in March of 2009.
Monday, December 14, 2009 - 3:28pm
First super-Earths discovered around Sun-like stars
Two nearby stars have been found to harbor “super-Earths”― rocky planets larger than the Earth but smaller than ice giants such as Uranus and Neptune. Unlike previously discovered stars with super-Earths, both of the stars are similar to the Sun, suggesting to scientists that low-mass planets may be common around nearby stars.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 4:32pm
Squeezed Crystals Deliver More Volts Per Jolt
A discovery by scientists at the Carnegie Institution has opened the door to a new generation of piezoelectric materials that can convert mechanical strain into electricity and vice versa, potentially cutting costs and boosting performance in myriad applications ranging from medical diagnostics to green energy technologies.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00am
From Lab Dishwasher to Distinguished Researcher
Dianne Williams of Baltimore was hired by Carnegie’s Department of Embryology to wash lab dishes as part of a city job program for inner city youth in 1983. Now as head technician and manager of a Drosophila research lab, and with two degrees from Johns Hopkins University, she has authored four scientific papers and has been acknowledged on countless others. She will receive the Carnegie Service to Science Award on May 5, 2010, for her contributions
Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:07pm
Carnegie Trustee Emeritus Richard Heckert Dies
Richard Heckert, former chairman of the Carnegie board of trustees and former chairman of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company died after a long illness on Sunday, January 3, at his home in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 1:27pm
New Stars from Old Gas Surprise Astronomers
Evidence of star birth within a cloud of primordial gas has given astronomers a glimpse of a previously unknown mode of galaxy formation. The cloud, known as the Leo Ring, appears to lack the dark matter and heavy elements normally found in galaxies today. The unexpected discovery comes thanks to instruments aboard NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft which are sensitive to the ultraviolet radiation emitted by newly formed stars.
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:14pm
George Preston Chosen for 2009 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship
Dr. George W. Preston of the Carnegie Observatories has been selected by the American Astronomical Society to be the 2009 recipient of its highest distinction: the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship. The Russell Lectureship is awarded each year in recognition of a lifetime of excellence in astronomical research. Preston will deliver the lecture at the 2009 winter meeting of the AAS in Washington, D.C.
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 4:27pm
Global Ecology’s Field and Caldeira Major Contributors to Nobel-winning Climate Panel
Carnegie scientists Chris Field and Ken Caldeira of the Department of Global Ecology are key contributors in the UN panel awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on October 12 for work on global climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shares the prize with former vice president Al Gore for his role in communicating the issue to the public.
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:22am
Carnegie’s Larry Nittler New Deputy for MESSENGER Mission
Carnegie’s Larry Nittler of Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism has been appointed deputy principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Principal investigator Sean Solomon, also of Carnegie, made the announcement at the first plenary of the 26th science team meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 8:15am
Wendy Freedman Co-recipient of Gruber Cosmology Prize
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation awarded the 2009 Cosmology Prize to Carnegie’s Wendy Freedman; Robert Kennicutt of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge; and Jeremy Mould at the University of Melbourne School of Physics. The prize is for their work defining the Hubble constant—the rate at which the universe is expanding.
Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am
Rain forest protection works in Peru
Stanford, CA—A new regional study shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze seven years of high-resolution satellite data covering most (79%) of the Peruvian Amazon for their findings. The work is published in the Science Express.
Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 5:48pm
NASA Selects Carnegie for Astrobiology Institute
NASA announced today that the Carnegie Institution is one of ten teams selected for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to conduct multidisciplinary research to study the origin and distribution of life in the universe. Carnegie’s George Cody of the Geophysical Laboratory (GL) is the principal investigator.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 9:24am
Carnegie Ranked Top Charity 12 Years Running
The Carnegie Institution for Science received the highest rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency—four stars—from Charity Navigator for the twelfth consecutive year. Charity Navigator is America's largest charity evaluator. Only five organizations out of the 5,500 evaluated have received this highest rating for this long.