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Washington, D.C., 1 September 2015— As astronomers continue finding new rocky planets around distant stars, high-pressure physicists are considering what the interiors of those planets might be like and how their chemistry could differ from that found on Earth. New work from the Geophysical Laboratory's Sergey Lobanov, Nicholas Holtgrewe, and Alexander Goncharov demonstrates that different magnesium compounds could be abundant inside other planets as compared to Earth.

Washington, D.C., 26 August 2015—New research from a team led by the Geophysical Laboratory's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere in the cosmos.

Washington, D.C., 12 August 2015—Colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) is a property with practical applications in a wide array of electronic tools including magnetic sensors and magnetic RAM. New research from the Geophysical Laboratory's Maria Baldini, Dave Mao, Takaki Muramatsu, and Viktor Struzhkin successfully used high-pressure conditions to induce CMR for the first time in a pure sample of a compound called lanthanum manganite, LaMnO3.

Washington, D.C., 15 June 2015— New work from the Geophysical Laboratory's Stewart McWilliams and Alexander Goncharov used laboratory techniques to mimic stellar and planetary conditions, and observe how noble gases behave under these conditions, in order to better understand the atmospheric and internal chemistry of these celestial objects.

June 26, 2015 marks the inaugural Geophysical Laboratory (GL) and DTM poster gathering at the Broad Branch Road campus.  The Geophsyical Laboratory's own Charles Le Losq, Ileana Perez-Rodriguez and Zachary Geballe were the masterminds behind the poster gathering, organizing the event and encouraging everyone on campus to participate. 

Washington, D.C., 22 June 2015—New research from a team including the Geophysical Laboratory’s Alexander Goncharov focuses on the physics underlying the formation of the types of ice that are stable under the paradoxical-seeming conditions likely to be found in planetary interiors. Their work could challenge current ideas about the physical properties found inside icy planetary bodies.

Washington, D.C.— The Geophysical Laboratory’s Christopher Glein has revealed the pH of water spewing from a geyser-like plume on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. His findings are an important step toward determining whether life could exist, or could have previously existed, on the sixth planet’s sixth-largest moon.

Washington, D.C., 28 April 2015—The high-resolution mass spectrometer “Panorama” built by Nu Instruments, Ltd. was installed in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA in March. Panorama was paid for with funds from the Deep Carbon Observatory, University of California Los Angeles, US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Shell Projects and Technologies, Emerging Technologies Group, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The Geophysical Laboratory's Doug Rumble is a co-investigator of the project.

Washington, D.C., 22 April 2015— New work from the Geophysical Laboratory's Russell Hemley and Ivan Naumov hones in on the physics underlying the recently discovered fact that some metals stop being metallic under pressure.

Washington, D.C., 14 April 2015— The cores of terrestrial planets and satellite bodies, including the Moon, all contain large quantities of iron.  New work from the Geophysical Laboratory's Yingwei Fei provides new measurements of iron at lunar core conditions that will help build a direct compositional and velocity model of the Moon’s core in conjunction with limited lunar seismic data.

Washington, D.C., 20 March 2015— A team led by Geophysical Laboratory scientists was able to discover five new forms of silica under extreme pressures at room temperature.

Washington, D.C.—A team of scientists, including the Geophysical Laboratory's Zhenxian Liu, report experimental evidence for tetrahedrally coordinated carbon in high pressure carbonates. This bonding behavior could have significant implications for carbon reservoirs and fluxes, as well as for understanding the global geodynamic carbon cycle.

Washington. D.C.—The Geophysical Laboratory's Guoyin Shen and Zhisheng Zhao, have found that the hybrid Type II glass-like carbon possesses many advantageous properties, such as high strength, high volume compression, superelastic recovery from large volume deformation, and more. 

Washington, D.C., 2 March 2015—The Geophysical Laboratory's Robert Hazen has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a three-year data-driven research project on the co-evolution of the planet’s biology and geology.

Washington, D.C., 5 February 2015— A team of Geophysical Laboratory scientists have found “beautifully preserved” 15 million-year-old thin protein sheets in fossil shells from southern Maryland.