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The Geophysical Laboratory was established in 1905 to investigate the processes that control the composition and structure of the Earth as it was known at the time, including developing the underlying physics and chemistry and creating the experimental tools required for the task. Over a century later, this core mission has expanded to include the physics, chemistry, and biology of the Earth over the entire range of conditions our planet has experienced since its formation, as well as parallel studies of other planets of this and other solar systems from their surfaces to their cores.

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Panorama: A New View of the World

Washington, DC, 28 April 2015—The high-resolution mass spectrometer “Panorama” built by Nu Instruments, Ltd.

Matter at Extreme States
A “GPS” To Guide The Discovery Of New Materials

New materials can contribute potential solutions to many societal issues—from increasing access to clean drinking water to improving solar panel efficiency.