Postdoc Spotlight: Asmaa Boujibar explores planetary cores to distant stars

Asmaa in the lab

As Boujibar plans the next phase of her life as an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University, we sat down with her for a postdoc spotlight.


Five key questions in cosmochemistry and geochemistry

Starry night above the Earth

The chemical signatures of rock and space dust hold clues to the deep histories of our planet, Solar System, and life itself—if you know where to look.


Carnegie-led team wins $1.5 million grant to study atmospheres of the galaxy’s most common exoplanets

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Carnegie’s Anat Shahar is the lead investigator on an interdisciplinary, multi-institution research team that this spring was awarded nearly $1.5 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to understand the chemical makeup of our galaxy’s most common planets with a goal of developing a framework for detecting chemical signatures of life on distant worlds.  


Where did Earth's water come from?

A blue ocean of water

As a part of this month's geochemistry/cosmochemistry, Staff Scientist Conel Alexander explains where Earth's water comes from. 


New form of silicon could enable next-gen electronic and energy devices

Visualization of the structure of 4H-Si viewed perpendicular to the hexagonal axis. A transmission electron micrograph showing the stacking sequence is displayed in the background.

A team led by Carnegie’s Thomas Shiell and Timothy Strobel developed a new method for synthesizing a novel crystalline form of silicon with a hexagonal structure that could potentially be used to create next-generation electronic and energy devices with enhanced properties that exceed those of the “normal” cubic form of silicon used today.


Collaboration cracked the case on deep focus quakes

Blue Diamond Inclusion

When it comes to earthquakes, seismologists know best. But deep-focus earthquakes—those that occur between 300 and 700 km below the surface—have been a mystery to science for a century. Over the years, many scientists have suggested different answers to this problem. Still, the deep Earth is impossible to study directly, so the earthquakes kept their secrets until a group of scientists at the Earth and Planets Laboratory teamed up to crack the case.