Research and Discovery

Health, Medicine, and Wellness

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1-10 scale for measuring pain
A More Precise Measure of Pain

Ever struggle to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10? Columbia Psychiatry's Caroline Arout is using a less subjective measure to study cannabis's potential for managing pain.

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Are We Underestimating the Prevalence of Iron Deficiency?

New proposed test values for iron deficiency could double the number of women and triple the number of children considered deficient and at risk for fatigue and other effects of low iron.

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A new study finds that 31 percent of the U.S. population had been infected with SARS-CoV-2 by the end of 2020.
One in Three Americans Had COVID-19 by End of 2020

Undocumented infections accounted for an estimated three-quarters of infections last year, according to a new study led by Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.


The Brain and Psychology

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In this image of fruit fly embryos, emerging wing cells and gene expression are revealed. (Credit: Ryan Loker/Mann Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)
Flies with Four Wings? Investigating Genes that Pattern Animal Bodies

In this Q&A, Zuckerman Institute researchers discuss what their latest research could mean for our understanding of the architecture of bodies in animals and how it might one day help treat neurodegenerative disorders impacting mobility.

Cells from two different parts of the hippocampus of a titmouse color-coded by their response as the bird explores its environment (Credit: Hannah Payne, PhD / Aronov Lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute
Brain Region Draws Map for Food-Caching Birds

A brain region that allows birds to remember thousands of food hiding spots during the winter offers a new way to study memory, with implications for disease and AI.

Earth, Climate, and Environmental Science

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Arctic Sea Ice May Make a Last Stand in This Remote Region. It May Lose the Battle.

A new study led by Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory sees a daunting outlook for year-round ice and its ecosystems.

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Why the U.S. Northeast Coast Is a Global Warming Hot Spot

Rising Atlantic Ocean temperatures and altered wind patterns that blow the warmth toward land are helping heat the U.S. Northeast coast at a fast pace, according to a new study.

Columbia researchers Pierre Gentine (left) and Galen McKinley
Columbia researchers Pierre Gentine (left) and Galen McKinley will lead the new climate modeling center. (Image: Marley Bauce)
Columbia to Launch $25 Million AI-based Climate Modeling Center

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the center will leverage big data and machine learning to improve climate projections and motivate societies to invest in policies and infrastructure to confront rising seas and warmer temperatures.

Science, Technology, and Engineering

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laser cooked chicken
Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Imagine having your own digital personal chef, ready to cook up whatever meal you want, tailoring its shape, texture, and flavor to your taste. Hod Lipson's lab at Columbia Engineering is working on it, using lasers for cooking and 3D printers for assembling the food.

Columbia climate scientist Galen McKinley and computer scientist Carl Vondrick
Columbia climate scientist Galen McKinley (left) and computer scientist Carl Vondrick
How Next-Generation Models Will Leverage Big Data and AI for More Accurate Estimates of Future Climate

In this Q&A, climate scientist Galen McKinley and computer scientist Carl Vondrick explain how Columbia’s new climate modeling center will improve on the latest projections.

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Toward a Better Hate Speech Detector

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and the Data Science Institute are enlisting women journalists in their quest to build a better AI model for detecting abusive language online.