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Science Highlights

Last week, scientists from around the world were all about building a deeper understanding of the nature of biology, including modeling the origins of life on an abstract level starting from prebiotic conditions on Earth and, possibly, on other planets. The Geophysical Laboratory hosted Re-conceptualizing the Origin of Life, a week-long conference at our Washington, D.C. headquarters, exploring experimental, interdisciplinary and computational windows on the core concepts.

Using a variety of advanced techniques including x-ray diffraction, tomography, and molecular dynamics simulations, a team including the Geophysical Laboratory's Qiaoshi “Charles” Zeng, was able to create a model that describes both the observed short-range order in metallic glasses and encompasses long-range structural details.

Geophysical Laboratory alum Yoko Kebukawa was awarded the Geochemical Society of Japan Award for Young Researcher.  This award honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of geochemistry, cosmochemistry and environmental sciences. 

Using diamond-anvil cell technology combined with X-ray absorption spectroscopy, a research team led by the Geophysical Laboratory's Reinhard Boehler was able to demonstrate a melting temperature for iron of 3,090 K (about 5,100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the 100-gigapascal pressure range (about a million times normal atmospheric pressure).