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April 1, 1914 marked the opening day of the Broad Branch Road campus for the Carnegie Institution of Science. Throughout these 100 years, the Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism have brought great meaning to the words: create, explore, invent, and discover. 

The Geophysical Laboratory joined fellow experts in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, & astronomy at the 2014 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in Texas from March 17-21.  Many staff members and postdoctoral associates attended this year.  Check here daily for photos and live updates on each day's science presentations.

Please join in on the LPSC conversation by following our live Twitter feed, and including @carnegiescience and #LPSC2014 on any relevant tweets! 

Led by Carnegie’s highly respected librarian, Shaun Hardy, the Broad Branch Road (BBR) campus opened the Abelson Collaboration Center (ACC), a new digital collaboration room, this year.  

Pasadena, C.A., 19 February 2014–The international consortium of the Giant Magellan Telescope project has passed two major reviews and is positioned to enter the construction phase. Scientists will explore distant and potentially habitable planets around other stars, the universe after the Big Bang, and the mysteries of dark matter, dark energy and massive black holes.

Washington, D.C., 4 February 2014—An article by the Geophysical Laboratory's Reinhard Boehler and Malcolm Guthrie has been named one of Taylor & Francis' Top 10 Materials Science articles for 2013.  

Washington, D.C., 4 February 2014—New research conducted by the Geophysical Laboratory's Viktor Struzhkin and team shows that a remarkable defect in synthetic diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition allows researchers to measure, witness, and potentially manipulate electrons in a manner that could lead to new “quantum technology” for information processing. 

Research made by the Curiosity science team made Discover Magazine's number one science story of 2013. Geophysical Laboratory's Andrew Steele is part of the Science team, specifically with the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) team, hunting for signs of organic molecules on Mars.

Scientists from the Geophysical Laboratory including Ileana Perez-Rodriguez and Dionysis Foustoukos are currently participating in a ROV Jason/Medea oceanographic expedition at the deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites of East Pacific Rise. The expedition enables a study of the functioning and environmental interactions of chemosynthetic microbial communities at deep-sea vent ecosystems. Check here daily for photo updates about their expedition!

Washington, D.C., 19 December 2013—New research from a team including the Geophysical Laboratory's Alexander Goncharov shows that under certain high-pressure conditions, plain old salt can take on some surprising forms that violate standard chemistry predictions and may hold the key to answering questions about planet formation. 

The AGU Fall Meeting 2013 took place in San Francisco, CA from December 9-13.  Many staff members and postdoctoral associates from the Geophysical Laboratory attended this year.  Check here daily for live updates on each day's science presentations. 

Please join in on the AGU conversation by following our live Twitter feed, and including #AGU13 on any relevant tweets!

Washington, D.C., 12 November 2013— Reconstructing the rise of life during the period of Earth’s history when it first evolved is challenging. Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks are not only rare, but also almost always altered by hydrothermal and tectonic activity. A new study from a team including the Geophysical Laboratory's Robert Hazen, revealed the well-preserved remnants of a complex ecosystem in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old sedimentary rock sequence in Australia.

Washington, D.C., 12 November 2013—Motivated by a strong interest in understanding the effects of pressure on these materials, the Geophysical Laboratory's Muhtar Ahart and  Russell J. Hemley, employed high-pressure x-ray diffraction techniques to investigate the phase behavior of the Fe0.81Ga0.19 alloy at 300 K. 

Washington, D.C., 12 September 2013—New research from a team led by the Geophysical Laboratory's Alexander Goncharov hones in on the hydrocarbon methane (CH4), which is one of the most abundant molecules in the universe. 

Washington, D.C., 10 September 2013 -- A research team from the Geophysical Laboratory has reported the synthesis of an ionic semiconductor, Mg2C, under high-pressure, high-temperature conditions, which is fully recoverable to ambient conditions. In Mg2C, carbon becomes an anion with an extremely negative charge of 4e-.

The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust to Living Planet, written by the Geophysical Laboratory's Bob Hazen, is now in the running for both the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Prize and the Royal Society Science Book Prize.