Monday, June 15, 2009 - 9:25am
D. C. Math for America Awarded $1. 5-Million NSF Grant
In 2008, The Carnegie Institution’s Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) launched a partnership with Math for America (MfA) and American University. The program is to improve the mathematics education of Washington, D.C., public and public charter secondary school students by selecting and educating fellows to become skilled teachers. Using stimulus funds, the National Science Foundation has just awarded MfA DC a $ 1.498-million grant to cover costs for the first 14 fellows.
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.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 1:17pm
New Way to Monitor Faults May Help Predict Earthquakes
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution have found a way to monitor the strength of geologic faults deep in the Earth. This finding could prove to be a boon for earthquake prediction by pinpointing those faults that are likely to fail and produce earthquakes. Until now, scientists had no method for detecting changes in fault strength, which is not measureable at the Earth’s surface.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:00am
Carnegie’s Doug Koshland Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Douglas E. Koshland, staff scientist at Carnegie’s Department of Embryology, has been elected as one of 72 new members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.
Monday, July 23, 2012 - 1:46pm
Lighting up the plant hormone “command system”
Light is not only the source of a plant’s energy, but also an environmental signal that instructs the growth behavior of plants. As a result, a plant’s sensitivity to light is of great interest to scientists and their research on this issue could help improve crop yields down the road. Similarly understanding a plant’s temperature sensitivity could also help improve agriculture and feed more people. Two new papers identify key aspects of the hormonal responses of plants to changes in light and heat in their environments.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:49pm
Most-distant galaxy candidate found
A team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Daniel Kelson have set a new distance record for finding the farthest galaxy yet seen in the universe. By combining the power of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, they found a galaxy whose light traveled 13.3 billion years to reach Earth.
Monday, May 21, 2007 - 12:00am
Prehistoric remains reveal a drastic shift in northern fur seal ecology
Using techniques from archaeology, biochemistry, and ecology, a team of researchers has reconstructed the prehistoric geographical range of Northern fur seals, noting major changes in their behavior, ecology, and geographic range of over the past 1,000 years...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:00am
Chromosome “Glue” Surprises Scientists
Proteins called cohesins ensure that newly copied chromosomes bind together, separate correctly during cell division, and are repaired efficiently after DNA damage. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution have found that cohesins are needed in different concentrations for their different functions. This discovery helps to explain how certain developmental disorders, arise without affecting cell division essential to development. The research was made possible by a new technique developed by the scientists.
Monday, November 26, 2012 - 8:52pm
Magnesium oxide: From Earth to super-Earth
The mantles of Earth and other rocky planets are rich in magnesium and oxygen. Due to its simplicity, the mineral magnesium oxide is a good model for studying the nature of planetary interiors. New work from a team led by Carnegie’s Stewart McWilliams studied how magnesium oxide behaves under the extreme conditions deep within planets and found evidence that alters our understanding of planetary evolution.
Monday, October 16, 2006 - 12:01pm
Learning to live with oxygen on early Earth
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution and Penn State University have discovered evidence showing that microbes adapted to living with oxygen 2.72 billion years ago...
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 12:01pm
Ideas on gas-giant planet formation take shape
Rocky planets such as Earth and Mars are born when small particles smash together to form larger, planet-sized clusters in a planet-forming disk, but researchers are less sure about how gas-giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn form. Is core accretion—the process that creates their smaller, terrestrial cousins—responsible? Or could an alternate model known as disk instability—in which the planet-forming disk itself actually fragments into a number of planet-sized clumps—be at work? Recent work from the Carnegie Institution explores both possibilities...
Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - 12:01pm
Global changes alter plant growth schedule
Researchers from the Department of Global Ecology have found that global climate change may be altering the developmental schedule of plants in a California grassland ecosystem...
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 8:59am
Carnegie’s Russell Hemley to Receive 2009 Bridgman Award
The International Association for the Advancement of High Pressure Science and Technology has awarded Carnegie’s Russell Hemley, director of the Geophysical Laboratory, the 2009 Bridgman Award. Hemley will receive the honor in Tokyo, Japan, next July.
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.
Monday, October 2, 2006 - 12:00am
Carnegie’s Endowment Achieves 16.2% Return
Washington, D.C. - The Carnegie Institution of Washington announced today that its endowment earned a 16.2 % return in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006. This latest return, coupled with a disciplined spending approach over the last several years, has increased the value of the endowment to $719 million. The Endowment's value at the end of the preceding fiscal year was $648 million. During the last decade, the Endowment has more than doubled, growing from $338 million to $719 million.
Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 12:00am
Ecological alarm: Oceans turning to acid from rise in CO2
A report co-authored by newly appointed staff member Dr. Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology sounds the alarm about the world’s oceans. “If CO2 from human activities continues to rise, the oceans will become so acidic by 2100 it could threaten marine life in ways we can’t anticipate...