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Climate change as a matter of public health

For a long time people perceived climate change as an environmental issue–the concern of environmentalists, the concern of a few. It was reframed as a justice issue at the turn of the 21st century, when ...

Apr 08, 2014
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The Isthmus of Panama: Out of the Deep Earth

As dates in geologic history go, the formation of the slender land bridge that joins South America and North America is a red-letter one. More than once over the past 100 million years, the two great landmasses ...

Apr 01, 2014
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The dinosaurs' demise up close

Tourists flock to Italy to see Michelangelo's David and other iconic hunks of Renaissance stone, but in a trip over spring break, a group of Columbia students got to visit rocks that have shaped the world ...

Feb 07, 2014
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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."

Dec 18, 2013
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Professor probes mental disorders in the ancient world

The examination of mental disorders would seem to be the almost exclusive domain of psychiatrists and psychologists, not humanities scholars. Yet William V. Harris, the William R. Shepherd Professor of History, ...

Dec 18, 2013
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