March 13, 2018

Siyuan Chen PhD’18: Earth-Shaking Insights

Mechanical engineer Siyuan Chen PhD’18 is on a quest for “the holy grail of geology”—the ability to reliably predict earthquakes and empower communities around the world to prepare for the onset of seismic activity.
March 12, 2018

Climate Change May Be Hazardous to Your Health

The World Health Organization projects that from 2030 to 2050, climate change impacts will cause 250,000 more deaths globally each year, mainly from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress.
March 8, 2018

Wonder Woman: Lamont Polar Pioneer Robin Bell

Robin Bell, a Columbia polar scientist, is proof of the importance of encouraging young women to study STEM disciplines. Her breakthrough research, fueled by passionate intellectual curiosity, has been critical to understanding our planet.
March 6, 2018

For Blind Gamers, Equal Access to Racing Video Games

The RAD, an audio-based interface that can easily be integrated into existing video games, enables people who are visually impaired to play video games with the same speed and control as sighted players, with full 3D graphics and complex, challenging racetracks.
March 2, 2018

Crowdsourced Family Tree Yields New Insights about Humanity

From millions of interconnected online genealogy profiles, researchers have amassed the largest, scientifically-vetted family tree to date, which at 13 million people, is slightly bigger than a nation the size of Cuba or Belgium.
March 2, 2018

Dual Frequency Comb Generated on a Single Chip Using a Single Laser

Columbia engineers are the first to miniaturize dual-frequency combs by putting two frequency comb generators on a single millimeter-sized silicon-based chip — work that could lead to low-cost, real-time portable sensing and spectroscopy in the field.
March 2, 2018

5 Questions: Richard Plunz on Crowdsourcing Urban Design with Twitter

A new project led by Richard Plunz and his colleagues at the Earth Institute’s Urban Design Lab combines mapping techniques with Twitter-usage data to gain a real-time understanding of how people occupy public space.