Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Carnegie Science, Carnegie Institution, Carnegie Institution for Science,
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

If you enjoyed this summer’s spectacular total solar eclipse, you have the Moon to thank for it! But Earth’s only natural satellite and closest cosmic neighbor does a lot more than occasionally...

Special Events
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:30am to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

A two-day symposium of discussions, learning, and inspiration bringing together some of the world’s leading conservation photographers, filmmakers, scientists, newsmakers, and conservation...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Carnegie Science, Carnegie Institution, Carnegie Institution for Science,
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

We all live on a planet, and planets represent the best places to look for life elsewhere in the universe. This makes planets uniquely interesting objects, both for astronomers, and for everyone...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Volcanic eruptions pose an increasing threat to human lives and...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The main focus behind Steele’s research has been the development of scientific and measurement criteria for the unambiguous detection of life in early Earth and Mars samples, and future robotic...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Naturally occurring gene drive systems rig the inheritance game and cause some genes to be preferentially inherited, “driving” them out into the population. CRISPR gene-editing tools can be used...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

How do we find planets orbiting stars other than our Sun? How do we know what they’re made of, or if they’re Earth-like?  Dr. Teske will discuss how exoplanets’ composition is “inherited” from...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

‘Rocks’ from space have had a profound influence on the evolution of Earth – from the giant impact that created the Moon, to the asteroids that killed off the dinosaurs and, more locally, created...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

The formation of galaxies like our Milky Way involves gravity, dark matter, gases, star formation, and stellar explosions. Theoretical astrophysics is now revealing this complex process by using...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Dr. Ostrander’s team has taken advantage of naturally occurring variations in dog populations in order to reveal the genetic mechanisms underlying both simple and complex traits. She will show how...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Supernovae are cosmic explosions where a single star can become as bright as a billion stars combined. Even though supernovae are crucial to the Universe, including producing the elements...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The DNA of one human cell—two copies of our “genome”—would stretch almost two meters if fully extended. However, normally it’s tightly packaged in 46 chromosomes. About 20,000 genes are...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Since releasing its first images of space 5 years ago, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has produced many exciting and fundamental results, enabling...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

For several decades, Dr. Elizabeth Loftus has been manufacturing memories in unsuspecting minds. Sometimes this involves changing details of events that someone actually experienced.  Other times...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Please note that tickets are not required and seating is first come, first serve. Tickets from Eventbrite enable you to skip the sign-in process at the  door,...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

NOTICE: DR. PIERS SELLERS LECTURE "CREATING THE SCIENCE OF GLOBAL ECOLOGY" HAS BEEN CANCELED AND REPLACED BY DR. GREG ASNER'S LECTURE "EXPLORING AND MANAGING EARTH FROM...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Please note that tickets are not required and seating is first come, first serve. Tickets from Eventbrite enable you to skip the sign-in process at the door, but do not...

Special Events
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Dialogues with Nature - A Presentation by Photographer Frans Lanting

Hailed as one of the great photographers of our time, Frans...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

KAVLI PRIZE LAUREATE LECTURE

Everyone learns in school that DNA is the genetic coding material  found in all organisms. However, the information storage capacity that...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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Special Events
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Twenty-five years ago, a small team of Philippine and US scientists worked feverishly to forecast what newly-awakened Mount Pinatubo might do, and to...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

What do fish fossils tell us about the human body? Ancient fossils, like the Tiktaalik roseae that Dr. Shubin discovered, illustrate the transitional form between fish and land animals....

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Kuiper Belt, which has Pluto as the largest member, is a region of comet-like objects just beyond Neptune. This belt of objects has an outer edge, which we are only now able to explore in...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 6:45pm

The Hubble sequence of galaxies resembles a simple...

Special Events
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Three experts judge ten young scientists as they spin tall-but-true tales of climate change, a cure for cancer, the search for life elsewhere, and much more - in 3 powerpoint-free minutes each! ...

Special Events
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The genome editing system called CRISPR earned Science magazine’s “2015 Breakthrough of the Year.” The advent of facile genome engineering using the bacterial RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 6:45pm

This is an extraordinary time in human history. While it has been only twenty years since astronomers first...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

 

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Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 6:45pm

Our solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago in an extremely chaotic environment and has evolved significantly...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The MESSENGER spacecraft, the first to orbit...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 6:45pm

For 45 years, the Las Campanas Observatory of the Carnegie Institution for Science has provided a superlative...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Standing strong and silent, plants are all around us, both shaping our world and responding to it.  Plants can live for hundreds, if not thousands of years, continuously renewing themselves...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for more than three years, measuring the past and present habitability potential of our nearest planetary neighbor. We’ve also been busy on Earth,...

Special Events
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Carnegie Institution for Science and the producers of the PBS science series NOVA present
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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

 

Kavli Prize Laureate Lecture - The Restless Brain 

Traditionally studies of brain function have focused on task-evoked responses.  By their very nature such experiments tacitly...

Special Events
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Earth's 4.5 billion year history is a complex tale of deterministic physical and chemical processes, as well as "frozen accidents". Most models of life's origins also invoke chance and necessity....

Seminars / Conferences
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:00am to Friday, November 13, 2015 - 3:00pm

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Physics and chemistry have arrived at a deep understanding of the non-living world. Can we expect to reach similar insights, integrating concepts and quantitative explanation, in...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The financial collapse of 2009 brought with it major changes in the economic, political, as well as media landscape. This talk will explore how these ongoing changes have affected the public...

Special Events
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first discovery of exoplanets - planets around other sun-like stars - the Carnegie Institution for Science and the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program are...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Minerals record information that is vital to our understanding of Earth’s formation and evolution. Join me as I take you on a journey to explore a group of minerals that form from magmas. Hidden...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

How did a leafy tract on the rural fringe of Washington a century ago become home to a world-class think tank for scientific research? Join us for an evening of history and science as Carnegie...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Modern tomatoes lack the intense flavor of heirloom, grown-in-your-back-yard varieties. What exactly is “tomato flavor”? Where did it go and what can we do about it? We believe that better flavor...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Modern science began with Copernicus speculating that the Earth is a planet and that all the planets orbit the Sun. Bruno followed up by speculating that the Sun is a star, that other stars have...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:45pm to 7:30pm

The expanding universe was discovered at Mount Wilson almost 100 years ago. But there is something new! In the past 20 years, astronomers have found that cosmic expansion is speeding up, driven by...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Humans have a longer childhood than any other animal—our children are more vulnerable and dependent than other species’ infants. Why is this so? In the last thirty years there has been a...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 6:45pm to 7:30pm

Black holes remain among the most enigmatic objects in the universe. Using both computer simulations and traditional analytic theory, Dr. Kollmeier is making major discoveries showing how tiny...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Superconductivity is a rare physical state in which matter is able to conduct electricity without any resistance. It can only be found in certain materials, and even then it can only be achieved...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 6:45pm to 7:30pm

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Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:45pm to 7:30pm

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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Dr. Douglas Koshland,
University of California Berkeley,...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Why do we look like our parents? We inherit particular versions of genes that shape our growth. For a long time these genes were unknown and it was suspected that each class of animals would have...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 8:00pm

A documentary film...