ALMA's "greatest hits" album

It isn’t often that our Capital Science Evening speaker hints at soon-to-be-breaking news right from the stage.

Tuesday night, Pierre Cox, Director of the Atacama Large Milimiter/submillimeter Array, a collection of 66 radio telescopes commonly known as ALMA, let the audience know that his organization would be releasing hot news about ancient galaxies the following day.

Or, rather, cold news.

Beyond Pluto: The Hunt for a Massive Planet X

Over the past few years, Dr. Sheppard and his team have been performing the largest and deepest survey ever attempted of our Solar System’s fringes. In December 2018, he announced the most-distant object ever observed in our Solar System. His team’s work has shown that the farthest-out-there objects—beyond the Kuiper Belt and the influence of the known major planets—are strangely grouped together in space.

The Big Ones: The Natural Disasters That Have Shaped Our Science and Our Culture

Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, and volcanoes—they all stem from the very same forces that give our planet life. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them that they become disasters. Science and engineering can be used to understand extreme events and to design our cities to be resilient, but we must overcome the psychological drive to normalization that keeps humanity from believing that we could experience anything worse than what we have already survived.

Ernest Moniz receives inaugural Carnegie Science award for public service

Washington, DC—Former-Energy Secretary and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz received Carnegie’s inaugural Richard A. Meserve Public Service award Thursday in recognition of his “exemplary leadership and accomplishment in furthering public understanding of science.”

Film premiere event urges better ocean stewardship

For more than four decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s beloved research vessel, Calypso, explored the world’s oceans. And on Monday night, we explored his journey from inventor and diving enthusiast to dedicated conservationist as we screened the U.S. premiere of the film L’Odysseé at our DC headquarters.

Looking for the Next Computing Leap

“I’m an engineer by training, but a scientist at heart,” Stanford University’s Kwabena Boahen told the crowd at our DC headquarters last week during the final public program of our spring season.

Throughout his talk, “Neuromorphic Computing,” Boahen emphasized how critical it is to use engineering to solve scientific problems.  

And the obstacle he is trying to overcome is a doozy—something that will affect us all.

For the past 50 years, computers have been getting smaller and more-compact, Boahen explained.

Carnegie Marches

On Saturday, Carnegie scientists, families, and friends took to the streets and marched to support science in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and the nation’s capital.

STEM Education: Tips from STEM Experts

Read this new flipbook of Carnegie Science to find out how experts in STEM education believe STEM professionals can advance STEM. Sign up for communications.