Research

The long war leading to South Sudan's recent independence began during the powerful El Niño drought of 1983. In continuing hostilities, southern fighters display a grenade launcher captured from northern Sudanese, July 2011.
(Trevor Snapp/Global Post)

In the first study of its kind, researchers have linked a natural global climate cycle to periodic increases in warfare.

Crew members prepare the remotely operated vehicle Jason to dive to Axial Seamount. 
(Bill Chadwick, Oregon State University)

Researchers returning from a cruise some 250 miles off the coast of Oregon have reported seeing a volcanic eruption on the seafloor that they accurately forecast five years ago—

A new study co-authored by Columbia Engineering professor Kartik Chandran and recently published in the journal, Environmental Science & Technology, shows that reducing nitrogen pollution generated by wastewater treatment plants can come with "sizable" economic benefits, as well as the expected benefits for the environment.

Some 35 million people visit Central Park each year, but only a few of them realize how much history lies beneath their feet.

The rise of Internet search engines like Google has changed the way our brain remembers information, according to research by Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow published July 14

After the recent great quakes that have swept away entire coastlines and cities in Japan, Haiti and Sumatra, 

Cell Polarity and Chirality: Human endothelial cells on a micropatterned ring (inner diameter: 250 mm, width: 200 mm) stained for actin (red), tubulin (green), and nuclei (blue). Cells form a ‘rightward’ chiral alignment, while polarized by positioning their centrosomes (bright green) rather than cell nuclei closer to each boundary.

A team of researchers led by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic has developed a new technique to evaluate human stem cells using cell micropatte

Rafael Yuste likens scientific research to mountain climbing. Assemble a skilled team, get the best equipment, map the route and proceed with slow, deliberate steps.

When neurobiologist Tom Jessell joined Columbia University Medical Center 25 years ago it was, he said, to interact with cutting edge scientists and “join the f

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