Research and Discovery

A Small Step for Man, a Giant Leap for a 6-Year-Old

Fifty years ago, I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon from my family’s living room. It made me want to become an astronaut.

Health, Medicine and Wellness

School of Public Health dean Linda Fried
The Science of Healthy Aging

Linda Fried, dean of Columbia Mailman School of Public Health discusses the secrets to living a longer, healthier and happier life—and why the graying of America may be a good thing.

oxtricha organism
These Creatures Are Helping Us Understand Our Genome

A new study of a single-celled eukaryote with 16,000 tiny chromosomes found in multicellular organisms may shed light on human disease and development.

drinking water
Arsenic in Drinking Water May Change Heart Structure

The toxic metal found in contaminated groundwater could affect the heart’s main pumping chamber in young adults, according to a new study

Neuroscience and Psychology

Using Light, Scientists Control Behavior In a Mouse’s Brain

The research may have significant applications in medicine, allowing researchers to reorganize activity between neurons and reprogram faulty neural circuits.

New Technologies Could Spur Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries and Disease

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded Columbia scientists $1.5 million to build an atlas of genetic activity of all cells in the spine.

Where Do Learning and Memory Reside?

A mouse study reveals that a brain region known for processing basic sensory information also guides complex mental feats, like forming memories and learning.

Earth, Climate and Environmental Science

map showing aquifer found by scientists below Atlantic
Scientists Map Huge Fresh-Water Aquifer Beneath the Atlantic Ocean
The discovery by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory researchers could signal other resources worldwide, providing water to arid areas in danger of running out.
migratory African herder
Helping Herders in Africa Adapt to Climate Change

Research from Columbia creates seasonal forecasts that can assist migratory workers predict locations where grasslands will be greener.

Maria Uriarte and Tian Zheng
Combating Climate Change With Artificial Intelligence

Columbia University ecologist and data scientist team up with the help from Microsoft to apply modern technology to save the forests.

Science, Technology and Engineering

bacteria growing within necrotic regions of lymphoma tumors (LEFT). Bacteria are programmed to undergo waves of growth and self-destruction leading to immunotherapeutic release (RIGHT).
Bacteria to Fight Cancer

Scientists design a therapy that in mice models that turn the immune system against cancer cells from inside the tumor.

A new type of quasiparticle is discovered in graphene double-layer structure. This so-called composite fermion consists of one electron and two different types of magnetic flux, illustrated as blue and gold colored arrows in the figure.
A Potential Platform for Future Quantum Computers

The discovery of exotic quantum states in graphene could drive new electronic devices.

man with cellphone
Columbia Engineers Develop Multi-Mobile Computing System

The "M2" platform allows for the integration of different devices across disparate systems.