January 13, 2020

Rising Temperatures Will Mean More Fatal Injuries in the U.S., Says Study

Thousands more people could die from injuries each year as rising temperatures in the United States affect people’s behavior, according to a new Columbia study.
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January 9, 2020

How Do Fruit Flies See in Color? Columbia Study Uncovers Human-like Brain Circuit at Work

Columbia scientists have identified a brain circuit that drives fruit flies’ ability to see in color — and found that it bears a striking resemblance to the circuitry behind our own capacity for color vision.
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January 6, 2020

Mathematics and Neuroscience Merge to Shed Light on Learning

What can a fish tell us about the brain and our senses? At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, two labs with different expertise have teamed up to find out.
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January 6, 2020

A Quantum Breakthrough Brings a Technique From Astronomy to the Nano-scale

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of California San Diego have introduced a “multi-messenger” approach to quantum physics that signifies a technological leap in how scientists can explore quantum materials.
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December 18, 2019

Curious Minds: How Can We See Living Nerve Cells in Action?

If you could see the brain at work in a living creature, imagine what you could discover about biology’s most fundamental processes. For Zuckerman Institute researchers, this is not a dream, but reality.
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December 17, 2019

In Ancient Scottish Tree Rings, a Cautionary Tale on Climate, Politics and Survival

Using old tree rings and archival documents, historians and climate scientists have detailed an extreme cold period in Scotland in the 1690s that caused immense suffering. It may have lessons for Brexit-era politics.
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This slab of sandstone has been on display since 1896, showing off the scaly footprints of a prosauropod dinosaur. Scientists only recently realized that the deep grooves on the left may be the track of a sailing stone. Credit: Lull, R.S., 1915
December 9, 2019

Sailing Stone Track Discovered ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ in Dinosaur Fossil

Research led by Columbia University's Paul Olsen suggests that a massive volcanic winter may have frozen the tropics during the dawn of the dinosaur age.
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