Research and Discovery

Health, Medicine, and Wellness

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Horse Therapy Helps Veterans Overcome Trauma

New research by Columbia Psychiatry shows that horse therapy can jump-start the emotional healing process for veterans suffering from PTSD.

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Research Leads to Regulation on "Forever Chemicals"

The Biden Administration’s move to limit PFAS exposure is based on a growing body of research on their harms to human health, including studies done at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health


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Are We Underestimating the Prevalence of Iron Deficiency?

New proposed test values for iron deficiency could double the number of women and triple the number of children considered deficient and at risk for fatigue and other effects of low iron.

The Brain and Psychology

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Brain Cells that Create Mental Maps Are More Connected than Previously Thought

Researchers at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute find unexpected connections between brain cells in mice that record memories of places, offering new clues to how mental maps of the world are formed.

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In this image of fruit fly embryos, emerging wing cells and gene expression are revealed. (Credit: Ryan Loker/Mann Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)
Flies with Four Wings? Investigating Genes that Pattern Animal Bodies

In this Q&A, Zuckerman Institute researchers discuss what their latest research could mean for our understanding of the architecture of bodies in animals and how it might one day help treat neurodegenerative disorders impacting mobility.

Earth, Climate, and Environmental Science

Melting Greeland ice sheet. (Photo: Christine Zenino)
How Close Are We to Climate Tipping Points?

Here are the six major factors, or tipping points, that will determine whether climate change causes irreversible damage to the planet.

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Arctic Sea Ice May Make a Last Stand in This Remote Region. It May Lose the Battle.

A new study led by Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory sees a daunting outlook for year-round ice and its ecosystems.

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Why the U.S. Northeast Coast Is a Global Warming Hot Spot

Rising Atlantic Ocean temperatures and altered wind patterns that blow the warmth toward land are helping heat the U.S. Northeast coast at a fast pace, according to a new study.

Science, Technology, and Engineering

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Bringing High-speed Internet to More Americans

Columbia Engineering professor Henning Schulzrinne unpacks President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill and its promise to expand broadband access for people in rural and low-income areas.

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laser cooked chicken
Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Imagine having your own digital personal chef, ready to cook up whatever meal you want, tailoring its shape, texture, and flavor to your taste. Hod Lipson's lab at Columbia Engineering is working on it, using lasers for cooking and 3D printers for assembling the food.

Columbia climate scientist Galen McKinley and computer scientist Carl Vondrick
Columbia climate scientist Galen McKinley (left) and computer scientist Carl Vondrick
How Next-Generation Models Will Leverage Big Data and AI for More Accurate Estimates of Future Climate

In this Q&A, climate scientist Galen McKinley and computer scientist Carl Vondrick explain how Columbia’s new climate modeling center will improve on the latest projections.

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