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New ultrahard diamond glass synthesized

Application of low heat and high pressure in the lab can turn this fullerene C60 into ultrahard diamond glass. Image purchased from Shutterstock.

Carnegie’s Yingwei Fei and Lin Wang were part of an international research team that synthesized a new ultrahard form of carbon glass with a wealth of potential practical applications for devices and electronics. It is the hardest known glass with the highest thermal conductivity among all glass materials. Their findings are published in Nature. 

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$1.2 Million Grant Will Help Fund Instrument To Reveal Exoplanet Formation And Atmospheric Makeup In Unprecedented Detail

$1.2 Million Grant Will Help Fund Instrument To Reveal Exoplanet Formation And Atmospheric Makeup In Unprecedented Detail

Carnegie’s Alycia Weinberger and collaborators from the University of Texas at Austin and the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute received last month a $1.2 million grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to develop an instrument for the Magellan telescopes at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile that will enable breakthroughs in our understanding of the planet formation process.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Michael L. Wong explores strange new worlds

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In this spotlight, postdoc Michael L. Wong shares his recent research about Nitrogen on an ancient Mars; gives advice to future astrobiologists, and sets his sights on next year’s Mud Cup. He also shares how his love of science fiction inspired him to get into this field of study.

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Looking for life in all the wrong places: How one project is flipping the script on the search for habitable worlds

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In the 1990s, scientists discovered the first planet orbiting another star. Just thirty years later, we know of a staggering 4000+ worlds outside of our own Solar System. With a solid spread of planets to choose from, some scientists have shifted focus from the discovery of planets to something even rarer than the planets themselves—they’re looking for life.

But it turns out that to find life from light-years away, we first have to know what isn’t life.

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