Research and Discovery

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With Vaccine Supply Limited, Older New Yorkers Should Get Priority

New York City residents age 65 and older should be prioritized within phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out so as to minimize the overall number of severe infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in the city, according to new data modeling projections by researchers at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.

Health, Medicine and Wellness

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Evolving Virus May Escape Current Vaccines, Treatments
A new Columbia study suggests current vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapies provide less neutralizing activity against the UK and South Africa variants of SARS-CoV-2.
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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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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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Study Addresses Ways to Limit Arsenic Contamination from Mines

The results are critical for understanding future environmental and social impacts of treatment procedures, particularly areas vulnerable to increased climate variability.

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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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Could We Harness Energy From Black Holes?

A new Columbia study indicates energy can be extracted from black holes through reconnection of magnetic field lines.

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Harnessing Quantum Properties to Create Single-Molecule Device

A new chemical design principle for exploiting quantum interference could enable faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient devices.

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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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