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New Solar System Modeling from DTM's John Chambers and Former Postdoc Nathan Kaib Points to a New Possibility

NASA

New Solar System modeling from DTM's John Chambers and former DTM postdoctoral fellow, Nathan Kaib, now assistant professor in the astrophysics group at The University of Oklahoma, points to a new possibility: our early Solar System potentially consisted of five or even six giant worlds, and there may have been a large number of inner, terrestrial planets that were ejected from the Solar System back in its infancy.

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The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization Breaks Ground in Chile

GMT

Leading scientists, senior officials, and supporters from an international consortium of universities and research institutions are gathering on a remote mountaintop high in the Chilean Andes today to celebrate groundbreaking for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The ceremony marks the commencement of on-site construction of the telescope and its support base. The GMT is poised to become the world’s largest telescope when it begins early operations in 2021. It will produce images ten times sharper than those delivered by the Hubble Space Telescope and will address key questions in cosmology, astrophysics and the study of planets outside our solar system.

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Erik Hauri Presents his Neighborhood Lecture on Water in the Moon's Interiors

Erik Hauri

The Moon has been an object of mystery, curiosity, wonder, observation, fascination and speculation since the dawn of mankind. It has inspired fear and worship, medieval and renaissance art, the modern calendar, hundreds of pieces of music, a race to space that consumed nearly 5% of the US budget at its height, conspiracy theories, a rock album that spent more than 14 years on the Billboard Top 100 charts, one good movie (2001: A Space Odyssey) and several bad ones. 

On Thursday, 5 November 2015, Erik Hauri, staff scientist at DTM, revealed those mysteries during his neighborhood lecture titled "Water in the Moon's Interior: Truth and Consequences" to a sold out crowd in the Greenewalt Lecture Hall. 

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The Search for Another Earth

Endeavor

Twenty years ago astronomers discovered the first planet around a sun like star, 51 Pegasis b. Since then, astronomers, including DTM's Alan Boss and Paul Butler, have been on the hunt for other exotic worlds. They've found planets with two suns, rogue planets with no star, even close cousins to planet Earth. 

Learn more about the history of the search for another Earth and subsequently, the search for life elsewhere in the universe, in this video from NASA featuring Boss and Butler, as well as former DTM staff member Sara Seager.

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Science Publishing and Scholarship for the 21st Century

Open Access

Richard CarlsonShaun HardySteve Shirey, and Alycia Weinberger led a panel discussion on the changing landscape of scientific publishing to a full audience of postdoctoral fellows and associates on 26 October 2015. 

The panel dissected the differences between digital and hard print scientific publishing, as well as the emerging "spectrum" of open access publishing. They also discussed intellectual property rights, plagiarism, how to make smart publishing decisions, research metrics, and tools postdocs can use for improved scholarship.

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Cross-Departmental Meeting Promotes Collaboration at Origins 2015

Origins 15

Members of Carnegie's DTM, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Observatories and Plant Biology came together to discuss the genesis of habitable planets at the Origins 2015 Meeting held 20-21 October 2015, at our headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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