From its beginnings in a schoolhouse in lower Manhattan, Columbia University has grown to encompass two principal campuses: the historic, neoclassical campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood and the modern Medical Center further uptown, in Washington Heights. Today, Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting pathbreaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education.
Engineers discover graphene's weakness
(PhysOrg.com) -- If you owned a mechanical device made out of the strongest material known to mankind, wouldnt you want to know under what circumstances it might fail?
Maybe Ben Franklin was wrong
(PhysOrg.com) -- The eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland in 1783-84 set off a cascade of catastrophe, spewing sulfuric clouds into Europe and eventually around the world. Poisonous mists and a resulting famine from loss ...
Fast, low-cost device uses the cloud to speed up diagnostic testing for HIV, more
Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has taken his innovative lab-on-a-chip and developed a way to not only check a patient's HIV status anywhere in the world with just a finger ...
Tiny invention may harness big energy from small spores
(Phys.org)—One of Ozgur Sahin's first machines was a mechanical adding device made from Legos. He made it when he was 11 and hasn't stopped making gadgets since. In graduate school Sahin created an atomic force microscope ...
Researchers make major step in improving forecasts of weather extremes such as floods, droughts
(PhysOrg.com) -- Moisture and heat fluctuations from the land surface to the atmosphere form a critical nexus between surface hydrology and atmospheric processes, especially those relevant to rainfall. While current theory ...
Getting a whiff of climate change
Monday was the day when millions of people in New York and New Jersey learned what climate change smells like, or at least what one of its aromas is.
Latest Korea nuke test dwarfed previous ones: Seismic waves show steady progress to bigger bomb, scientists say
A nuclear test explosion set off last night by North Korea was far larger—perhaps by three or four times—than the country's last known blast, say seismologists who have examined seismic waves coming from the site. The ...
New bioengineering approach: Tiny cell patterns reveal progression of development and disease
Scientists have long known that, to form tissue structures and organs, stem cells migrate and differentiate in response to the other cells, matrix, and signals in their environment. But not much is known about these developmental ...
A statistician intent on sharing research to promote better science
For centuries, researchers in fields as disparate as astrophysics and political science have faced the same hurdle before they could win acceptance for their theories—their peers must replicate and verify their results.
Mining the history of science
History professor Pamela Smith started college thinking she would be a chemist. Then she took a course on the history and philosophy of science and "was just bowled over."