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Seven Earth-Size Planets Identified: What Does it Mean?

7 Planets

Orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1 not too far away, lie at least seven Earth-size planets that may have temperatures similar to Earth's. This discovery was announced today, February 22, 2017, at a news conference at NASA Headquarters. The study is published in the journal Nature. Here's a quick breakdown from some of our astronomers of why this discovery is important and just how Earth-like these planets really are. The study is published in the journal Nature

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Remembering Vera

Vera Rubin

Renowned astronomer and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton, NJ, the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. In this tribute, we remember Vera for everything she did both in her field of research, and in her life. 

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Carnegie Wins Grant to Preserve Notable Geophysicist's Archives

Oliver Gish

The American Institute of Physics’ Center for History of Physics has awarded the Carnegie Institution for Science a $10,000 grant to organize and preserve the archives of scientist Oliver H. Gish and open them for research.

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Prediction: More Gas-giants will be Found Orbiting Sun-like Stars

Alan Boss

New planetary formation models from DTM's Alan Boss indicate that there may be an undiscovered population of gas giant planets orbiting around Sun-like stars at distances similar to those of Jupiter and Saturn. His work is published by The Astrophysical Journal.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Geochemist Jesse Reimink

Jesse Reimink

Jesse Reimink has been around science and the outdoors his entire life. His father, a high school biology teacher, would keep him and his sister busy searching for rocks and insects outside for their collections. Today, as a postdoctoral associate at DTM, his rock collection has grown exponentially. This summer, he collected over 1200-pounds worth of samples from the Slave craton, a block of rocks in north-western Canada that has preserved a lot of old rocks ranging in age from 4 billion to 2.5 billion years old.

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Hélène Le Mével Joins DTM's Geophysics Staff

Helene Le Mevel

DTM is pleased to announce the addition of Hélène Le Mével to our geophysics staff, starting February 1, 2017.

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