October 18, 2018

Columbia Astrophysicist Receives 2019 New Horizons in Physics Prize

Brian Metzger, an associate professor of astrophysics, has won the Breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize for pioneering predictions of the electromagnetic signal from a neutron star merger, and for leadership in the emerging field of multi-messenger astronomy. 
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October 4, 2018

Rainforest-Friendly Livelihoods Can Be More Lucrative Than Gold Mining

A new study found that more sustainable activities—including Brazil nut harvesting and fish farming—can outpace the financial gains of gold mining and serve as a solution to long-term forest conservation in the Amazon.
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October 3, 2018

Columbia Astronomers Find First Compelling Evidence for a Moon Outside Our Solar System

A pair of Columbia astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Kepler Space Telescope have assembled evidence for the existence of a moon orbiting a gas-giant planet 8,000 light-years away.
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October 3, 2018

Arthur Ashkin, CC’47, Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Ashkin, 96, is the oldest person ever named a Nobel laureate in any category. His achievement allowed scientists to use pressure from light to manipulate tiny organisms without damaging them, “an old dream of science fiction.”
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September 24, 2018

Undergraduate Columbia Astronomy Students Intern at Chile’s Universidad Católica

Yasmeen Asali and John Staunton, two Columbia undergraduates from the astronomy department, spent two months in Chile in a practicum at Universidad Católica’s Astrophysics Institute as part of an ongoing exchange program between both institutions.
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