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New Working Group Takes On Massive Computing Needs of Big Data

In the big data era, the modern computer is showing signs of age. The sheer number of observations now streaming from land, sea, air and space has outpaced the ability of most computers to process it. As the United States races to develop an “exascale” machine up to the task, a group of engineers and scientists at Columbia have teamed up to pursue solutions of their own.. 
In a First, Iceland Power Plant Turns Carbon Emissions to Stone

Scientists and engineers working at a major power plant in Iceland have shown for the first time that carbon dioxide emissions can be pumped into the earth and changed chemically to a solid within months—radically faster than .... 

World Surf League Teams up with Columbia to Support Ocean Science

Surfers have a saying: Never turn your back on the ocean. The World Surf League (WSL) is giving that phrase new meaning – it is teaming up with marine scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory .... 

Attributing Extreme Weather to Causes - Including Climate Change

If you asked scientists a few years ago if a specific hurricane has been caused by climate change, most would have told you that, while it raises the risks, no single weather event could yet be attributed to climate change.  

Exploring Ocean Turbulence: 2016 Sloan Research Fellow Ryan Abernathey

When you examine the behavior of the global oceans closely – really closely, at scales smaller than 100 kilometers – eddies and jets and fronts start to appear. It’s called mesoscale turbulence... 

New Center for Climate and Life to Bring Latest Science to Business and Finance Worlds

The Center for Climate and Life, a new research initiative based at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will focus on how climate change affects our access to such basic resources as food, water, shelter and energy.

Local Students and Teachers See the Stars through the Eyes of Columbia Experts

Over the last seven years, Columbia graduate students have worked alongside more than a dozen high school and middle school teachers in the five boroughs and Westchester in a program called Rooftop Variables, a reference to the celestial bodies visible from local













Wind-Blown Antarctic Sea Ice Helps Drive Ocean Circulation, Study Shows

Antarctic sea ice is constantly on the move as powerful winds blow it away from the coast and out toward the open ocean. A new study shows how that ice migration may be more important for the global ocean circulation than  ....  

Faculty Q&A: John Cunningham Mixes Neuroscience and Statistics

The quest to unravel the mysteries of the brain has made neuroscience one of today’s most exciting research fields. Researchers use electrophysiology to measure brain activity, light sheet microscopy to make high-resolution ....  

Scientists Say Many Plants Don't Respond to Warming as Thought

Plants, like people, breathe, and when it gets hotter, they breathe harder. One product of respiration is the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Thus, researchers predict that as the planet is warmed by human-produced CO2 ....  

Two Columbia Faculty Win Presidential Early Career Award

Marcel Agüeros, assistant professor of Astronomy, and Antonius “Ton” Dieker, associate professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and a member of the Data Science Institute, were among 105...  

Columbia Astrophysicists on the Unprecedented Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Three Columbia astrophysicists are celebrating a major scientific discovery – the detection of gravitational waves. The finding, made by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in which the Columbia team plays an integral role...

Amid Storms of Debate, Columbia Climate Change Experts Stay Focused on the Science

Some 40 years ago a Columbia professor coined the phrase “global warming.” Wallace Broecker (CC’53, GSAS’58), the Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, published an article titled "Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?” ...

Glacial Earthquakes May Help Forecast Sea-Level Rise 

It is only recently that scientists learned of the existence of glacial earthquakes–measurable seismic rumblings produced as massive chunks fall off the fronts of advancing glaciers ..

H. James Simpson; Tracked Pollutants in Hudson and Far Beyond 

H. James Simpson, a geochemist who pioneered important studies of water pollutants in the Hudson River and abroad, died May 10. He had been affiliated with Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for 50 years 

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       Washington Post, June 23, 2016        Andrew Gelman (STAT): New Algorithm Could Predict ISIS Attacks

The Huffington Post, June 17, 2016   David Kipping (ASTR): ETs Could Reach Out to Us with Interstellar Lasers

New York Times, June 15, 2016   Szabolcs Marka (PHYS): A Crucial Second Note Heard in Soundtrack of Chaotic Cosmos

Scientific American, June 14, 2016    Adam Sobel (DEES): Disasters Debated

Christian Science Monitor, June 9, 2016 Martin Stute (DEES): Scientists Turn CO2 to Stone in Just Two Years

        University Press, June 9, 2016          Marina Cords (EEEB): Researchers Discover Bat-Eating Monkeys

            Boston Globe, June 7, 2016                 Maria Diuk-Wasser (EEEB): As Tick Season Arrives, Add Babesiosis to Lyme Disease Concerns

Astronomy Magazine, June 2, 2016 Jaqueline van Gorkom (ASTR): New Observational Distance Record Promises Important Tool for Studying Galaxies

Christian Science Monitor, May 25, 2016 Zoltan Haiman (ASTR): Faint, Distant Galaxy Offers Clues of a Universe “Dark Age”

         Washington Post, May 18, 2016         Oliver Hobert (BIOS): If Male and Female Brains are Wired Differently, Could these Worms Show How it Happens?

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