January 15, 2018

Seized Ivory Probed for Clues That Could Help Save Elephants

Kevin Uno, a Columbia University geochemist, is using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa.
January 11, 2018

Could Giant “Solar Rigs” Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel?

A team of researchers at Columbia University say it’s possible to use solar panels on the ocean surface to power devices that can produce hydrogen fuel from seawater.
January 10, 2018

This ‘Mind-Reading’ Algorithm Can Decode the Pictures in Your Head

Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, a computational neuroscientist at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, discusses a new algorithm that uses brain-imaging data to conjure up that picture in your mind's eye.
January 10, 2018

Boston plans for climate change’s promise of more storms. Will it be enough?

Radley Horton, a climate scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discusses the influence of climate change on severe winter storms and sea level rise.
January 9, 2018

Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves

David Blei, a professor of statistics and computer science at Columbia, says combining deep learning and probabilistic programming is a promising idea that needs more work. “In principle, it’s very powerful,” he says. “But there are many, many technical challenges.”
January 8, 2018

Exoplanet Science 2.0

The study of life on and off Earth needs unified funding and a coherent plan, say Caleb Scharf, Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University, and his colleagues in a Nature Comment article.
January 8, 2018

2017 Was Costliest Year Ever in U.S. for Weather, Climate Disasters

“If we’re just hoping for fewer disasters, we can forget about it. There’s going to be more disaster and it’s going to be worse,” said Irwin Redlener, director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.