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

North Korea’s 2017 Bomb Test Set Off Later Earthquakes, New Analysis Finds

Scientists have discovered that a North Korean nuclear bomb test last fall set off aftershocks over a period of eight months on a previously unmapped earthquake fault nearby.
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August 22, 2018

A Milestone for Forecasting Earthquake Hazards

In a new study, researchers report that their physics-based model of California earthquake hazards replicated estimates from the state’s leading statistical model.
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