Research and Discovery

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How Cannabis Vaporizer Brands Market to Young People

Several popular brands have used Instagram to market their products, promoting young women, video games, and musicians to appeal to young people, according to a Columbia Mailman School of Public Health study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Health, Medicine and Wellness

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Who is Diagnosed With Autism May Be Changing

A long-term study in California found socially disadvantaged children and those from diverse ethnic groups diagnosed at increasing rates, suggesting improved access to services for families with fewer resources.

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It Takes a Special Microscope to Fight Alzheimer’s

A supersensitive new instrument is helping Columbia scientists study the intricacies of neurodegenerative disease.

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Delirium May Cause Long-Term Cognitive Decline

This rapid change in brain function is also linked to longer, more expensive hospital stays and increased mortality.

Neuroscience and Psychology

How do Proteins Turn Toxic in the Brain?

Imaging technology can reveal the molecular that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Alzheimer's: New Gene May Drive Earliest Brain Changes

The finding could lead to new therapies that prevent Alzheimer’s and better ways of identifying people with the greatest risk.


3D Videos Reveal How the Nose Detects Odor Combinations

A study in mice provides a glimpse of how special cells in the nose help the brain to distinguish a near-infinite combinations of scents.

Earth, Climate and Environmental Science

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Children Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Suffered Physical and Mental Health Effects

The study found that one-third of parents reported that children exposed to the Gulf Coast spill had mental health issues.

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Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Megadisasters

Jeffrey Schlegelmilch explores the menaces that could change not just lives or communities, but entire societies in an upcoming book.

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Unusually Clear Skies to Blame for Record Loss of Greenland Ice

The ice sheet shrunk by hundreds of billions of tons last year, not just because of warm temperatures. Atmospheric circulation patterns also contributed to the rapid loss of mass.

Science, Technology and Engineering

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Molecules that Shut Down SARS-Cov-2 Polymerase Reaction

A library of molecules with unique features inhibit the novel coronavirus polymerase, a drug target for COVID-19.

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Study Estimates the Odds of Life Beyond Our Planet

Astronomer David Kipping uses Bayesian statistics to shed light on the probability of life and intelligence in alien worlds.

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Columbia to Build Upgrades for Large Hadron Collider

The five-year project is supported by a $75 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Columbia in the News

Quarantine May Negatively Affect Kids' Immune Systems

The New York Times
November 25, 2020


Is Your Brain Goofing Off?

The Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2020