Carnegie Institution for Science

Ancient minerals: Which gave rise to life?

Life originated as a result of natural processes that exploited early Earth's raw materials. Scientific models of life's origins almost always look to minerals for such essential tasks as the synthesis of life's molecular ...

dateNov 25, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Carnegie hosts crater-naming contest

The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team is launching a competition this week to name five impact craters on Mercury. The contest is open to all Earthlings, except for members of the mission's EPO team. The ...

dateDec 16, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Found: Planets skimming a star's surface

A new planet-hunting survey has revealed planetary candidates with orbital periods as short as four hours and so close to their host stars that they are nearly skimming the stellar surface. If confirmed, these candidates ...

dateOct 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Gold mining ravages Peru

For the first time, researchers have been able to map the true extent of gold mining in the biologically diverse region of Madre De Dios in the Peruvian Amazon. The team combined field surveys with airborne mapping and high-resolution ...

dateOct 28, 2013 in Environment
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New survey tools unveil two celestial explosions

Developed to help scientists learn more about the complex nature of celestial objects in the universe, astronomical surveys have been cataloguing the night sky since the beginning of the 20th century. The intermediate Palomar ...

dateOct 16, 2013 in Astronomy
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Solar system ice: Source of Earth's water

Scientists have long believed that comets and, or a type of very primitive meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites were the sources of early Earth's volatile elements—which include hydrogen, nitrogen, and carbon—and ...

dateJul 12, 2012 in Space Exploration
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