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Direct images of young exoplanet points to controversial disk instability theory

Researchers directly imaged the newly forming exoplanet AB Aurigae b over a 13-year span using Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and its Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrograph (NICMOS).

A recent study published in Nature Astronomy may have revealed the first visual evidence confirming the formation of a gas giant planet via the controversial disk instability method, which was first proposed by Carnegie’s Alan Boss in 1997. 

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Letter from the Director: March 2022

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In an essay expounding on the role of private science institutions in the modern research landscape, Carnegie President Eric Isaacs writes that “… independent research organizations bear a deep historical responsibility to keep on interrogating the fundamental mysteries of life and the universe.” This month’s newsletter is a shining example of how we continue with this tradition at Carnegie and EPL today while honoring the giants from our past

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Science fiction meets science reality during the 2022 Neighborhood Lecture Series

Spring 2022 Virtual Events

Carnegie Science's Earth and Planets Laboratory is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 Neighborhood Lecture Series which will feature exciting virtual and in-person lectures from some of Carnegie’s resident exoplanet experts and astrobiologists.

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More than 110 scientists attended the 33rd Annual Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectric and Related Materials

From February 7-9, 2022, the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) hosted the 33rd Annual Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectric and Related Materials workshop, also known as Ferro2022.

From February 7-9, 2022, the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) hosted the 33rd Annual Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectric and Related Materials workshop, also known as Ferro2022. For three days, 110 scientists attended the workshop in hybrid mode, bringing together an international group of scientists interested in active materials—especially materials that respond to electric fields

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Happy Pi Day from EPL!

Happy Pi Day from EPL!

On 3/14, EPL scientists share their thoughts on pi to remind us of the importance of this math symbol.

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Revealed: Water Determines Magma Depth. Finding Upends Long-Held Understanding Of Volcanic Storage.

A view over Fisher Caldera in the foreground, looking out to Shishaldin Volcano, at a distance in 2015. The gray and gloomy tone of the photo is characteristic of the weather in the Aleutian Island. Photo is courtesy of Daniel Rasmussen of the National Mu

New work from a Smithsonian-led team, including Carnegie’s Diana Roman, revealed what could be the most-important factor controlling the depth at which magma is stored under a volcano, upending long-held theories about the molten material’s upward journey through the Earth’s crust. Their findings—which could inform the creation of detailed models that more accurately forecast volcanic eruptions—are published in Science.

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