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An Algorithm to Investigate Unwelcome Plankton

Computer scientists at Columbia University will work with oceanographers to understand what has caused an unusual plankton-like species to rapidly invade the Arabian Sea food chain, threatening fisheries that sustain more than 100 million people living at the sea’s edge.

Hunting the Unseen Energy Pushing the Universe Apart Ever Faster  

Dark matter distorts the view of more distant galaxies, creating a burred-halo effect as seen from Earth. Astronomers study dark energy by tracking distortions over time.

Study Reveals Microbes' Hidden Role in Fertilizing Oceans

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for every living organism, well known for its role in fueling everything from the human body to farm fields

Nanotechnology at the Core of Columbia's New Materials Research Center

Columbia University has a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), thanks to a National Science Foundation $15 million six-year grant.

Lamont-Doherty To Manage U.S. Ocean Drilling Program

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has signed a $35 million, five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Ecologist Tracks Tick-Borne Diseases Beyond Their Usual Borders

As spring blooms, people in the Northeast and Midwest look forward to spending more time outdoors, which also means plotting ways to avoid the disease carrying black-legged deer tick.

Lenfest 2015

Physics Professor Brian Cole is renowned for Accelerated Physics, his two semester course for first-year students that covers the usual introductory physics sequence, plus relativity, waves, and introductory quantum mechanic.

Did Climate Change Help Spark the Syrian War?

A new study says a record drought that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 was likely stoked by ongoing manmade climate change, and that the drought may have helped propel the 2011 Syrian uprising.

In a Melting Iceland, Drilling Deep to Stem Climate Change

Tiny Iceland is a prime exemplar of the complexities wrought by warming climate. It is 11 percent covered by ice, but it is basically also one very large, very active volcanic system.

Collaborations for Developing the Science Base for Improved Air Quality in India

Improved air quality in Indian cities is a primary need for healthy living environments amidst rapid economic development.





Putting Blended Learning to the Test

Electronic media offer valuable tools for learning, but what is the best way to integrate these technologies within the traditional university setting. Brent Stockwell, a faculty member in the Columbia University Department of Systems Biology, recently asked himself this question about blended learning, an educational approach he has begun incorporationg into his undergraduate biochemistry class 

Lenfest 2015 Winner: Brian Cole

By Jessica Guenzel
March 9, 2015

Did Climate Change Help Spark the Syrian War?

By Kevin Krajick 
March 2, 2015

Couple Illustrates the Marvels of Science

By Gary Shapiro
February 20, 2015

Fountain of Youth Underlies Antarctic Mountains 

By Kim Martineau
November 18, 2014

Columbia Science In The News Archive

The 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

The 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?

The Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2016, Stuart Firestein (BIOS): Why Failure to Replicate Findings Can Actually be Good for Science

WNYC, February 12, 2016, Brian Greene (PHYS & MATH): When Black Holes Collide

The New York Times, February 11, 2016, Szabolcs Marka (PHYS): Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory

Times Higher Education, February 11, 2016, David Helfand (ASTR): A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age

Nature News, February 1, 2016, Peter deMenocal (DEES): University Seeks Private Donations to Offset Climate Funding Crunch

60 Minutes, January 31, 2016, Peter deMenocal (DEES): Greenland

Scientific American, January 31, 2016, Raphael Yuste (BIOS): Deciphering the Language of the Brain

Vancouver Sun, January 29, 2016, Carl Hart (PSYC): Carl Hart’s Drug-Use Studies Convinced Him to Look Behind the Next Hit

NBC News, January 27, 2016, Peter Kelemen (DEES): Where Can You Find Most Volcanoes?

The New York Times, December 30, 2015, Maria Diuk-Wasser (EEEB): Alarm Spreads in Brazil Over a Virus and a Surge in Malformed Infants

Nature – Methods, December 30, 2015, Joachim Frank (BIOS): The Field that Came in From the Cold

CNN, December 30, 2015, Adam Sobel (DEES): Why the Freakishly Warm December?

The New York Times, December 29, 2015, Stuart Firestein (BIOS): Why Science is so Successful

The Guardian, December 27, 2015, Ozgur Sahin (BIOS & PHYS): The Innovators: US Scientists Harness the Power of Evaporating Water

Scientific American, December 17, 2015, Valerie Purdy-Vaughs (PSYC): What Science Has to Say about Affirmative Action

Science, December 7, 2015, Paul Olsen (DEES): Dinosaurs Evolved Much Faster Than Previously Thought

The New Republic, November 29, 2015, Peter Eisenberger (DEES): How to Invent Our Way Out of Climate Change

The New York Times, November 24, 2015, Brian Greene (PHYS): A Century Ago, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Changed Everything

The Huffington Post, November 23, 2015, Mark Cane (DEES): How Tackling Climate Change Could Help the World Fight Terrorism

The Economist, November 14, 2015, Rafael Yuste (BIOS): What is the Best Way to Study the Brain? Big Labs or Small?

The New York Times, November 6, 2015, Andrew Gelman (STAT): More Details on Rising Mortality Among Middle-Aged Whites

New Scientist, November 4, 2015, Peter deMenocal (DEES): Did Climate Change Jump-Start Human Evolution in Africa?

Science News, November 3, 2015, Stuart Firestein (BIOS): “Failure” Explores Errors’ Upsides, November 2, 2015, David Kipping (ATSR): In a Rare Pairing, a Venus-Like Planet Has Been Found Around a “Failed Star”

The Independent (UK), October 30, 2015, Janet Metcalfe (PSYC): General Knowledge Quiz: Older Generation Beats Younger at Correcting Mistakes

Time, October 14, 2015, Daphna Shohamy (PSYC): Anorexics Process Food Choices in a Very Different Way

Nature, October 12, 2015, Peter deMenocal (DEES): Ocean Sediments Suggest Dry Future for Horn of Africa

The Wall Street Journal, Sept 28, 2015, Andrew Gelman (STAT): The “Hot Hand” Debate Gets Flipped on Its Head

The Washington Post, Sept 28, 2015, Adam Sobel (DEES): Study: Sea Level Rise Increasing Major Storms off New Jersey

Popular Science, Sept 23, 2015, David Kipping (ATSR): Brilliant 10: David Kipping Hunts for Moons Around Exoplanets

The Guardian, Sept 21, 2015, Adam Sobel (DEES): Erosion in PEI Will Increase with Climate Change, Says Expert

The New York Post, Sept 19, 2015, David Helfand (ASTR): Why Smart People Actually Believe Mercury Retrograde Ruins Their Lives

The New York Times, Sept 16, 2015, Zoltan Haiman & David Schiminovich (ASTR): More Evidence for Coming Black Hole Collision, Sept 15, 2015, Joel Cohen (DEES): One Simple Question, Many Unexpected Applications

Al Jazeera America, Sept 7, 2015, Carl Hart (PSYC): Parents Face Child Abuse Investigations over Pot Use

The Washington Post, Sept 1, 2015, Meredith Nettles (DEES): Obama Just Explained What a “Gigaton is. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal

Forbes, August 31, 2015, Carl Hart (PSYC): MTV is Looking for a Few Good Flakka Addicts

Inside Higher Ed, August 28, 2015, Andrew Gelman (STAT): Why Replication Matters

The New York Times, August 24, 2015, Stuart Firestein (BIOS): The Case for Teaching Ignorance, August 20, 2015, Elena Aprile (PHYS): A Detector Shines in Search of Dark Matter, August 20, 2015, Michael Tuts (PHYS): How Much Power Would the Death Star Need to Blow Up the Earth?

New York Daily News, August 13, 2015, Carl Hart (PSYC): Pot Isn’t All That Bad, August 11, 2015, John Mutter (DEES): The Disaster Profiteers

Science, August 7, 2015, Raphael Yuste (BIOS): The Brain’s Identity Crisis

New York Times, August 6, 2015, Andrew Gelman (STAT): Fox Failed Statistics in Explaining Its GOP Debate Decision

Scientific Computing, August 4, 2015, John Cunningham (STAT): Brain-Controlled Keypad Nearly as Good as One-Finger Typing

Business Insider, July 31, 2015, James Applegate (ASTR): What is a Blue Moon?

Washington Post, July 31, 2015, Arnold Gordon (DEES): Tracing Back Debris to Find Flight 370 May Prove Impossible

The Telegraph - India, July 18, 2015, Ruth DeFries (EEEB): Tourism Takes Toll on Corbett Fabric

The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2015, Brian Greene (PHYS & MATH): Pluto is Just a Baby Step for Humankind

The Guardian, July 14, 2015, Peter Eisenberger (DEES): Startups Have Figured Out How to Remove Carbon from the Air

PBS Newshour, July 1, 2015, Daphna Shohamy (PSYC): Teachers Tap into Brain Science to Boost Learning

L.A. Times, June 26, 2015, Meredith Nettles (DEES): Glacial Earthquakes Help Researchers Track Massive Ice Loss, June 24, 2015, Valerie Purdy-Vaughs (PSYC): Challenging Negative Stereotypes to Narrow the Achievement Gap

Vulture, June 23, 2015, Daphna Shohamy (PSYC): Inside Out Nails the Science of How Our Memories Function

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 23, 2015, Frits Paerels (ASTR): UW Researcher’s X-Ray Project Helps Map Skeleton of the Galaxy

National Science Foundation, June 19, 2015, Michael Weinstein (MATH): Hidden from View 

Forbes, June 18, 2015, Don Melnick (EEEB): How Poop-Sniffing Dogs Could Help Save Endangered Species

Washington Post, June 16, 2015, Ozgur Sahin (BIO & PHYS): This Engine Uses Nothing but Water and Bacteria to Per Small Devices

Mashable, June 12, 2015, Paul Olsen (DEES): Dinosaur Expert Critiques Dinosaur Toys

Chemistry World, June 12, 2015, Jonathan Owen (CHEM): New Synthesis Heralds Low-Cost Quantum Dots

BBC News, June 12, 2015, Sean Solomon (DEES): The True Face of Mercury, the Smallest Planet

Daily Voice, June 11, 2015, Peter Kelemen (DEES): Hastings HS Students Show Off Research at Science Symposium

Gruber Foundation, June 9, 2015, Jeremiah Ostriker (ASTRO): Ostriker Awarded the 2015 Gruber Cosmology Prize

Nature News, June 8, 2015, Rafael Yuste (BIOS): Injectable Brain Implant Spies on Individual Neurons, June 4, 2015, Rafael Yuste (BIOS) & Liam Paninski (STAT): Neuron Probes Are Exposing the Brain As Never Before

The Irish Times, June 3, 2015, Andreas Küpper (ASTR): Astronomers Produce Better Milky Way Mass Estimate 

Wired, May 31, 2015, Michael Harris (MATH): Will Computers Redefine the Roots of Math? 

New York Times, May 30, 2015, Brian Greene (PHYS): World Science Festival Finds Success In Physics, and More, as Spectacle

Time, May 28, 2015, Andrew Gelman (STAT): The Republican Presidential Contest Has a Polling Problem

Boston Globe, May 28, 2015, Wallace Broecker (DEES): Deval Patrick Urges Harvard Graduates to Open Hearts, Minds  

Space Daily, May 28, 2015, Greg Bryan (ASTR): Supernovas Help Clean Galaxies

Al Jazeera America, May 27, 2015, Mark Crane (DEES): El Niño, Climate Change Likely Signposted in Deadly Southwest Storms

NBC News, May 20, 2015, Peter Kelemen (DEES): Where Does Oil Come From? 

Washington Post, May 20, 2015, Carl Hart (PSYC): This Video by a Columbia University Neuroscientist​ Might Be the Best Case Against the Drug War Ever Made, May 14, 2015, Sonya Dyhrman (DEES): Ocean's Hidden Fertilizer: Marine Plants Play Major Role in Phosphorus Cyclling

Chronicle of Higher Ed, May 11, 2015, Ruth DeFries (EEEB): Ecomodernists Spark Rhetorical Heat

The Guardian, May 5, 2015, Elke Weber (PSYC): 15 Ways to Powerfully Communicate Climate Change Solutions, April 29, 2015, Chuck Hailey (PHYS): NASA's Nustar Caputres Possible Screams From Zombie Stars 

Fortune, April 22, 2015, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns (PSYC): Why So Few Black Women Are Senior Managers in 2015 

Washington Post, April 22, 2015, Elke Weber (PSYC): The Problem With Earth Day? Human Psychology

Forbes Magazine, April 16, 2015, Carl Hart (PSYC): Fear of Flakka: Anti-Drug Hysteria Validates Itself 

Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2015, Sean Solomon (DEES)Messenger Spacecraft Will Soon Crash On Mercury’s Surface, NASA Says, April 13, 2015, Sonya Dyhrman (DEES): Coexisting in a Sea of Competition 

The New York Times, April 7, 2015, Benjamin Cook (LDEO): In Parched California, Innovation, Like Water, Has Limits, March 10, 2015, Maria Chudnovsk (MATH): PBS's NOVA to Premiere 'The Great Math Mystery', 4/15