Carnegie Institution for Science

Airborne technology helps manage elephants

For years, scientists have debated how big a role elephants play in toppling trees in South African savannas. Tree loss is a natural process, but it is increasing in some regions, with cascading effects on the habitat for ...

Aug 06, 2012 not rated yet 0

Supernova progenitor found?

(Phys.org) -- Type Ia supernovae are violent stellar explosions. Observations of their brightness are used to determine distances in the universe and have shown scientists that the universe is expanding at ...

Aug 03, 2012 4.9 / 5 (9) 4 | with audio podcast

Forest carbon monitoring breakthrough in Colombia

Using new, highly efficient techniques, Carnegie and Colombian scientists have developed accurate high-resolution maps of the carbon stocks locked in tropical vegetation for 40% of the Colombian Amazon (165,000 square kilometers/64,000 ...

Jul 25, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0

Studying fish to learn about fat

In mammals, most lipids (such as fatty acids and cholesterol) are absorbed into the body via the small intestine. The complexity of the cells and fluids that inhabit this organ make it very difficult to study in a laboratory ...

Jun 28, 2012 not rated yet 0

Mercury mineral evolution

Mineral evolution posits that Earth's near-surface mineral diversity gradually increased through an array of chemical and biological processes. A dozen different species in interstellar dust particles that formed the solar ...

Jun 25, 2012 4.8 / 5 (5) 3 | with audio podcast

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 ...

Jun 01, 2012 not rated yet 0

Geoengineering: A whiter sky

One idea for fighting global warming is to increase the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere, scattering incoming solar energy away from the Earth's surface. But scientists theorize that this solar geoengineering could have ...

May 31, 2012 4.4 / 5 (5) 16 | with audio podcast