Research and Discovery

Through a Doctor's Eyes

Helen Ouyang’s articles bring to light difficult societal issues that people often don’t like to think about. This week in The New York Times Magazine she writes about hospice homes that support terminally ill children and their families. 

Health and Medicine

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

Brian Fallon
When Lyme Disease Doesn’t Go Away

Most patients do well if the infection is recognized and treated early. In about 10 to 20 percent of cases, patients develop a more severe form of the disease

Retail tobacco shop window
School of Public Health Study Finds Storefront Tobacco Advertising by Differs Product Type

The researchers analyzed 1,000 photos of storefront tobacco ads taken from a sample of 796 tobacco retailers in New York City

Neuroscience and Psychology

Identifying that Voice in a Crowd

Columbia neuroengineers develop new AI technology that amplifies the correct speaker from a group, a breakthrough that could lead to better hearing aids.

Room for Thought: Brain Region That Watches for Walls Identified
Imaging technologies observe the brain area’s ability to rapidly sense our surroundings, laying hte groundwork for improvements to machine learning and robotics.
How Our Brains Seek Out Information

A neuroscientist and an economist explore what motivates us to pay attention to certain pieces of information and invest in acquiring them

Earth, Climate and Environmental Science

student dig at archeologic site
Switch From Hunting to Herding Recorded in Ancient Pee
Urine salts reveal timing and scale of Neolithic Revolution at Turkish site
Maureen Raymo
Maureen Raymo on Lamont's Living Library of Earth History

Paleoclimatologist and marine geologist directs the Core Repository at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

war
Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf
Researchers see unusual three-year spike in late-season surface melt

Science, Technology and Engineering

petrie dish
Bacterial Therapy in a Dish

Columbia engineers develop new platform that recreates cancer in a dish to quickly determine the best bacterial treatment.

Graphic of Mercury's internal structure
MESSENGER Data Reveal That Mercury’s Inner Core Is Solid

The study offers clues about how the solar system formed and planets change over time

Bubbles of sand
Defying the Laws of Physics?
Columbia engineers demonstrate bubbles of sand can shed light on geological processes from mudslides to volcanos

Books