Palo Alto, CA— Christopher Field , director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology ,* has been awarded a prestigious Heinz award. The awards were established...
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 The Carnegie-founded Mt. Wilson Observatory was home to the most important astronomical discoveries of the 20th century. Carnegie astronomer Edwin Hubble shattered our old concepts of the...
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Palo Alto, CA—The future of the Earth could rest on potentially dangerous and unproven geoengineering technologies unless emissions of carbon dioxide can be greatly reduced, a new study has...
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Washington, D.C.—On August 24, Moody’s Investors Service affirmed its highest rating—Aaa/VMIG1—on the Carnegie Institution’s Series 1993, 2002, and 2006 bonds. Only 37 other higher education...
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Washington, D.C.—Scientist, teacher, and co-director of the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE), Toby Horn, will receive the 2009 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education...
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Seismologist and geophysicist Paul Gordon Silver, at Terrestrial Magnetism, died in an automobile accident in North Carolina on August 7, 2009, as he was driving his daughter Celine back from a...
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Palo Alto, CA—With the information explosion, it’s remarkable that so little is known about the interactions that proteins have with each other and the protective membrane that...
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Pasadena, CA-The Australian government has announced that it will provide $88.4 million AUD ($72.4 million USD) to help fund the revolutionary 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) to be sited at...
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Washington, DC—The oil and gas that fuels our homes and cars started out as living organisms that died, were compressed, and heated under heavy layers of sediments in the Earth’s...
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Washington, D.C.— The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Carnegie Institution a $4 million grant over three years to initiate the Deep Carbon Observatory -- an international, decade-long...
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Palo Alto, CA— When glaciers advanced over much of the Earth’s surface during the last ice age, what kept the planet from freezing over entirely? This has been a puzzle to climate...
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Baltimore, MD—Scientists working at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology, with colleagues, have overturned previous research that identified critical genes for making...
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Palo Alto, CA—A tiny plant with a long name (Arabidopsis thaliana) helps researchers from over 120 countries learn how to design new crops to help meet increasing demands for food, biofuels...
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Emergency plans to counteract global warming by artificially shading the Earth from incoming sunlight might lower the planet’s temperature a few degrees, but such “geoengineering...
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In the future, will wind power tapped by high-flying kites light up New York? A new study by scientists at the Carnegie Institution and California State University identifies New York as a prime...
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Washington, D.C. To combat the trend of declining qualified mathematics teachers in middle and high school, the Carnegie Institution’s Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) launched a...
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Palo Alto, CA—Cellulose is a fibrous molecule that makes up plant cell walls, gives plants shape and form and is a target of renewable, plant-based biofuels research. But how it forms, and...
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Washington, DC—Scientists have made the surprising finding that typhoons trigger slow earthquakes, at least in eastern Taiwan. Slow earthquakes are non-violent fault slippage events that...
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Argonne, IL—Millions of people today carry around pocket-sized music players capable of holding thousands of songs, thanks to the discovery 20 years ago of a phenomenon known as the “...
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Pasadena, CA—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...
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Stanford, CA— The Carnegie Institution’s Department of Plant Biology is a major participant in a newly-funded Department of Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) at Stanford University...
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STANFORD, CA - Biofuels such as ethanol offer an alternative to petroleum for powering our cars, but growing energy crops to produce them can compete with food crops for farmland, and clearing...
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Analyses of data from the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft’s second flyby of Mercury in October 2008 show that the planet’s...
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Washington, DC—The Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory has been selected as one of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) by the U.S. Department of Energy. The announcement came from...
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