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Former Director Linda Elkins-Tanton elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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In April 2021, Linda Elkins-Tanton, former director of the Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Being elected to the Academy is among the highest honors a scientist can achieve. 

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FAQ: Your diamond questions answered!

What can diamonds tell us about the Earth?

On April 29, 2021, Dr. Graham Pearson let us in on the secrets of diamond science. As always, our Neighborhood Lecture guests asked great questions, and we tried to answer as many as we could—but we couldn’t get to everything! Below, we've selected and answered some of our favorite questions from that evening.

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Shaunna Morrison uses data science to unravel mineralogical mysteries

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Shaunna Morrison is a restaurant owner turned mineralogist who works at the Earth and Planets Laboratory as a Carnegie Research Scientist and the Co-Director of the 4D (Deep-time Data Driven Discovery) Initiative

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Earth and Planets Laboratory’s Top Questions in Petrology, Mineralogy, and Mineral Physics

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In this article, our petrologists, mineralogists, and mineral physicists have highlighted six questions that we’re working on so that we can better tell the story of our planet. 

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Postdoc Spotlight: Rajkrishna Dutta studies silicates under pressure

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It’s impossible to study minerals in the deep Earth directly (unless they happen to get shuttled to the surface trapped inside of a diamond, but that’s another story). So, mineral physicists like Postdoctoral Fellow Rajkrishna Dutta put minerals through their paces in the lab. 

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Nearly 300 people delve into diamond science at latest Neighborhood Lecture

What can diamonds tell us about the Earth?

This month's Neighborhood Lecture, "Exploring for diamonds and what they can tell us about how the Earth works, " was presented by diamond expert and former postdoc Dr. Graham Pearson. In this hour-long talk, Pearson explained in detail how scientists find and evaluate diamond mines. He also looked at why scientists at EPL may prefer their diamonds to be a bit rough around the edges!

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