Playing in the Augmented Reality Sandbox

sandbox at Carnegie HQ

The AR sandbox is a nifty science communication tool we use to demonstrate some of the fundamental aspects of Earth science that happen here at the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL). The sandbox allows anyone to build and visualize complex landscapes and how they interact with natural phenomena—like rain—in real-time. 


Meet the New Postdoctoral Fellows

2020 New Postdocs

Let's extend a warm welcome to the ten new postdocs who will be joining us over the next few months. These scientists are some of the brightest minds in their fields and come from all over the world. We are excited to have them on board and can't wait to see their contributions to the EPL team. 


Postdoc Spotlight: Peng Ni - Geochemical Detective

Peng Ni holds a piece of iron meteorite. Thin for news tile

In this Postdoc Spotlight, Ni discusses how he got interested in experimental geochemistry, his most recent publication, and his love of photography.


Iron rich meteorites retain record of core crystallization in Solar System’s oldest planetary objects

A back-scattered electron image showing one of the products of Chabot’s lab at APL mimicry of the core crystallization process. Liquid metal is on the right and solid metal is on the left. Image is courtesy of Nancy Chabot and Peng Ni.

 New work led by Carnegie’s Peng Ni and Anat Shahar uncovers new details about our Solar System’s oldest planetary objects, which broke apart in long-ago collisions to form iron-rich meteorites.


Working Across Many Scales - Letter from the Directors - July 2020

Working Across Many Scales

An atom has a diameter of a fraction of a billionth of a meter. Earth’s diameter at the equator is about 12.7 million meters. The most distant object seen in Scott Sheppard’s continuing search for planet X orbits as far as 345 billion meters from the Sun. The research reported in this month’s newsletter covers these 21 orders of magnitude range in spatial scale.


NSF Awards More Than $1.6M to Six Studies at Earth and Planets Laboratory

 Glowing coiled filament used as a source of energetic electron

In early 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded more than $1.6M to six projects from the Carnegie Institution for Science Earth and Planets Laboratory. Many of the projects are collaborative and together they span a broad range of topics, from deep Earth dynamics to how microbes survive in extreme conditions.