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The Paris Agreement – yay.

The fact that our Earth might suddenly burst into a ball of fire or something close to it has alarmed several nations. On Thursday night, Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a panel discussion about the future of sustainability in a developing world. Bwog Staffer Angelica Lagasca covers the event. 

Six pm on a Thursday found me, starving out of my wits, on a chair strategically placed in the back of a room in Faculty House. I had been saving my appetite, as the location of the event in the Faculty House seemed promising — one of the most well-kept buildings on Columbia’s billion dollar-endowed campus should be offering some sort of free delicacy, like maybe cheese or even a single cracker. This was not the case. Throughout the presentation, I had to satisfy myself with dust mites.

As the event began, my hunger began to subside in the way that chronic sensations eventually do. Jonathan Elkind, a Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy, framed the event in its context: when Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, perspectives had to adjust. Now more than ever, we are urged to define the relationship between development objectives and environmental protection, between poverty alleviation and resource destruction.

How can we address energy demand without being our usual First World jerk self?



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diamonds are made under pressure (as well as the quark-gluon plasma apparently)

What can hydrodynamics tell us about the beginnings of our universe? In our very first installment of Bwog Science, we sent staff writer Angelica Lagasca to yesterday’s physics colloquium, titled “Unlocking the Secrets of the Fastest Fluid in Nature,” hosted by Dr. Jorge Noronha.

As an angsty teenager who has spent many an hour in the saunas of Pupin’s lecture rooms, I consider myself a physically, mentally, and emotionally dehydrated person. Naturally, when I heard about Dr. Jorge Noronha’s talk about extraordinary fluids, I was intrigued — what could possibly be the “exotic counterpart” of water, goddess of self care?

The atmosphere suddenly became very physics to me. Before the lecture began, two men in button-ups and slacks were chatting about Philadelphia and governors — and I mean, these guys had to be professors. My past substitute physics TA with a pretty face came in. My physics professor (God bless his heart) came in (I hoped he didn’t see me). I had to wonder: Why/how did they allow a pleb like me into the room?

Dr. Jorge Noronha was then introduced — he received a PhD in theoretical physics from Goethe University, worked as postdoctoral researcher in Columbia University, and accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the University of São Paulo. I took a quick glance at the wine and cheese for the reception, but then realized I was lactose intolerant.

With a quickly paced voice that made no mistakes, Dr. Noronha revealed an intelligent and passionate mind concerned with hydrodynamics and quantum theory. Although my sloth of a mind had to sort the “macros” from the “micros”, I realized Dr. Noronha hoped to unite the incredibly small and the unnecessarily large through physics, his efforts similar to those that attempt to reconcile classical theory — which explains phenomena of objects larger than an atom — with quantum theory — which explains subatomic phenomena. This unity, he claimed, made the “dry” subject of hydrodynamics (haha, get it) relevant again.

Hydrodynamics becomes involved, he said, because of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Quantum chromodynamics is a theory concerned with the interaction between particles called quarks and gluons; each of those particles are assigned a “color”. Quarks and gluons are extremely unstable particles formed only in extremely high temperature or density levels. These quarks and gluons decay immediately through a process of hadronization, forming hadrons, a group of particles that include the proton, neutron, and pion. In pions, grouped quarks can be isolated from each other, although the newly isolated quarks immediately form back into pions; in Dr. Noronha’s words, “Quarks and gluons are never truly free” (I mean, after all, who in this universe truly is free?).

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Summertime celebration!

Bwogline: After a year and a half, Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency declared over the Zika virus; compared to last year, the number of cases decreased 95% between January and April. (BBC News)

Study Tip: Always fidgeting and wanting to do something else other than studying? Get in with the middle-school times and get a fidget toy. You can play with these spinning babies and do tricks and thingsies while you bulldoze through your readings.

Music: Listen to Harry Styles’s Harry Styles (2017).

Procrastination: Watch skincare and make-up videos, even if you’re not into those things. There’s just something therapeutic about, say, a woman gently telling you how to cleanse your face using thermal water.

Overheard: “Mom, I want to Facetime you so that you can help me pack, and like tell me what to do.”

“Une splendide creature que j’avais aimee la veille…” by Auguste Rodin via The Met



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Not sure what this is, not sure who I am either

Bwogline: Yesterday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed The American Health Care Act, which would allow states to set health insurance rules and charge more for people with preexisting medical conditions. The bill could also mean defunding for Planned Parenthood. The bill has yet to pass in the Senate. (Washington Post)

Study Tip: Sleep. Really. Although an iced Americano in the morning will get you feeling like everything is all right in your life, sleep makes you feel all that and more.

Music: Doubtlessly, finals will get you thinking about sugar daddies. Listen to Lana Del Rey’s latest Lust for Life.

Procrastination: Listen to what NYC probably sounded like 400 years ago.

Overheard: “I think it’s spelled ‘Duncan Donuts.'”

Two Male Figures, Possible Study for “Hell” by John Singer Sargent via the Met



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As my great-great-great-grandmother always used to say, one must not always rely on external validation. The seasons change, and people vary, but there is perhaps only one constant — you. Validation that comes from within rather than from without is as firm a foundation as whatever the hell is holding up Butler after all these years of suffering. It is as constant as the turning of the sun, my LitHum classmates using the word “dichotomy”, and my neighbors smoking weed on weeknights. Yet, someone else is more constant than these constant things, and it is that one person who always likes our posts through the Facebook widget.

I see you, you beautiful anonymous user, liking my shitty Bwoglines content the moment it is posted. Cheetahs travel at 109.4-120.7 km/h, peregrine falcons travel at 389 km/h, and black marlins travel 129 km/h, but 3*10^8 m/s is the speed at which you travel to like our posts and the speed in which I fell in love with you. May your days be merry, and may you keep refreshing our website (or continuing to be a bot).



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He has the key to a bottomless pit, but who has the key to my heart?

Happening in the world: On Wednesday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured the closest-ever pictures of Saturn’s atmosphere. It also found a quote unquote “giant hurricane.” (

Happening in NYC: Cutting bathroom tissue as the inaugural ribbon, the toilet authorities of NYC opened a public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000 to make (it has imported tiles and classical music). (TIME)

Happening on campus: Later today at 3 pm in the Satow Room on the 5th floor of Lerner, the Office of Financial Aid will host a party of sorts concerning reapplying for financial aid. There will be useful information and dim-sum.

Overheard: “Something was put into a bank vault and never put again.”
“Sometimes I quote myself in Bwoglines.”

Health goth tip: “Don’t buy a bag of Doritos at 2 am in the morning because you’ll end up eating half the bag.” – Anonymous

The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit by Albrecht Dürer via the Met



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Happening in the world: This quarter, Barbie sales fell 13%, while Mattel sales overall fell 15.4%. Uh, they still have what I don’t — millions of dollars. (BBC News)

Happening in Nico (long for NYC): A lawyer from Queens was arrested yesterday for stealing around $600,000 from the estate of a client, who was a judge. This is a ton of judicial things criss-crossing at a time. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Community Lunch will be hosting a dinner and discussion panel on hunger tomorrow at 6:30 pm in the Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 West 114th).

Overheard: “Bee-wog”

Health goth tip: Uh, eat veggies?

Barbie gurl via Pixabay



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Happening in the world: Yesterday, the U.S. dropped one of the most powerful bombs in its arsenal on a tunnel complex in Afghanistan. The number of casualties — both militant and civilian — remains unknown. (New York Times)

Happening in the B(ig)ap(ple): It has recently been announced that on Earth Day, April 22, a large chunk of Broadway (from Union to Times Square) and other streets will be blocked off from cars. (Gothamist)

Happening on campus: Beginning 1 pm in Low Plaza, EcoReps will be holding Greenfest to celebrate the environmental groups and initiatives on campus. There will be performances and free shit.

Overseen: See featured picture — a notice sent a week after elevator repairs began.

Impromptu meal of the day: Instant oatmeal with either peanut butter or protein powder mixed in it.

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Me trying to pull a Chris Christie from my flesh prison

Happening in the world: In Lucknow, India, a 10 to 12-year old girl was found living with a band of monkeys. The police are still trying to identify the girl and her parents. (Boston Globe)

Happening in B.A. (Big Apple): Chris Christie, infamous NJ governor, can run, but he can’t hide. Taking a brief excursion after the slight derailment of a New Jersey Transit train on Monday, Chris Christie was called the f*** out by many riders pissed off from missing hours of work and wages. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Check out RACE | VIOLENCE | JUSTICE: THE NEED FOR NARRATIVE, A Basic Narrative Medicine Workshop, which is happening all day in the Hammer Health Sciences Center.

Overheard: “Why do you have a lighter?” “I like incense.”

Health goth tip of the day: Wearing sunscreen on your face decreases the risk of skin cancer, reduces blotchiness, and slows down aging. Try it!

Vase fragments via The Met



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Me arriving at the function to deny scientific research like Scotty

Happening in the world: Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, rejected the recommendation of researchers (from this here university, by the way) to ban a harmful insecticide from farms. (NPR)

Happening in Nick(???): Just north of the Bronx in New Rochelle, every school nurse has the usual fare — EpiPens and Tylenol — but recently, they’ve come to stock up on nalaxone, an antidote for those overdosing on heroin and other opioids. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: The Columbia Space Initiative and CU Blueshift will be hosting two space-related exhibitions. Arts and Astro will be held in the Lerner Broadway Room from 4 to 7 pm and will feature artwork and space research; Spaceposium will be held in Lerner 555 from 3 to 5 pm and will feature technical space projects and hardware.

Overheard: “There’s no essence, it’s just a bunch of turtles below” (referring, of course, to Sartre).

Health goth tip: Need to exercise but short on time? Try high intensity interval training (known as HIIT). In HIIT, you would perform a certain workout at around 80% your maximum heart rate for a short period of time, followed by a resting interval. The ratio of work to rest will vary, as well as the duration of the workout interval; personally, I do 20-second workout intervals followed by 10-second rest intervals. A HIIT workout in all would amount, for me, to about 15-20 minutes.

Cyclone by Jeanne Lanvin via the Met



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Sir Richard Branson on his final Virgin Airlines flight

Happening in the world: Alaska Airlines has recently announced that the Virgin America airlines will be retired by around 2019. (Gizmodo)

Happening in the B’Appz: Yesterday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of challenging a proposal to create Diller Island, a performance arts center on a new “undulating” Pier 55 along the Hudson River, due to the potential threats to fish and wildlife resources. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: At Low Plaza, the Columbia Japan Society will hold Matsuri 2017, their annual Japanese Spring Festival, from 4 to 8 pm. Admission is free, but bring money for food and gifts.

Overheard: “El Ferris. No, la Ferris. Ferris is a woman. John Jay is male. JJ’s is a gay bar.”

Shitty horoscope of the day: It’s Aries szn. I have nothing left to stay about this.

The Birth of the Virgin, from The Life of the Virgin by Albrecht Dürer via the Met



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You define your own truth.

Happening in the world: It has recently been discovered by the All-Knowing that Neanderthals may have used plants to treat pain long before the advent of pills. (CNN)

Happening in the Granny Smith: Declines in federal funding to NYC for programs that assist the city’s poorest are beginning to show. Two city agencies that provide subsidized housing predict a total of $58 million in losses by the end of the year. (The New York Times)

Happening on campus: Well, it’s probably going to snow. Storm Reggie, who seems like a delightful person, is coming to town. Stay warm and donate blankets or money to shelters if you can. (

Overheard: See inset picture. a Bwogger’s LitHum class put up a fake sign reserving space in Hartley.

Health goth tip: Neither macronutrient is more harmful or beneficial than the others; you need a balance of all three — carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. There are several macronutrient calculators around the calculate your needs based on height, weight, and amount of physical activity.

Thanks fellow Bwogger and Daily Timmy Wu for image



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Is this brutalism or am I just being an idiot again

Once upon a time, the Glicker-Milstein Theatre was just a nice old theatre living the rest of its retired life in peace and service. However, that has all come to change — the Glicker-Milstein’s position in the landed gentry is now challenged. Barnard has announced that their new learning center will be named The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center, in honor of alumni/a Trustee/a Trustee emeritus. It is becoming ever clearer that only one Milstein can live. Who will it be?

The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center: Named after Board of Trustees vice chair and alumna Cheryl Glicker Milstein BC ’82 and trustee emeritus and alumna Philip Milstein ’71, this so-called Center has a lot to live up to. Not to mention it’s not just a Center, it’s the Center.
Glicker-Milstein Theatre: I was just about to say that I have no idea where the name Glicker-Milstein came from (and I can’t find it on Google), but now that I think of it, it came from Cheryl. Or both Philip and Cheryl. In other words, the theatre is probably named after the same people the Center is named after. Not sure where I was going with this.

Winner: Glicker-Milstein Theatre because it is more fun to type.

The TLC tries to make a comeback with a jab, cross, jab, uppercut combination after the jump



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When it is neither quite reality nor digital

Happening in the world: After an agreement to share power with the U.K. did not go through in January, Northern Irelanders voted yesterday to elect a new 90-seat assembly. However, this move may not be enough to fend off U.K. direct rule. (Bloomberg)
Happening in the Big Appz: The 23rd Armory Show features a work that uses Microsoft’s HoloLens to “merge the virtual and physical worlds in order to create something real, yet digital” (I mean, no shit!). You can view the work from March 2-5 at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. (Fortune)
Happening on campus: Tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm at Barnard, the Black History Month Committee of CU will be hosting a panel of professional Black women called BlackGirlMagic and will also provide a networking hour and free giveaways.
Overheard: “Now, this is something Joan Miró gave me when I interviewed him.”
Shitty horoscope of the day Today, ingenious Uranus faces off with growth-oriented Jupiter. While new ideas might seem contrary to your well-being, get some goddamn sleep. This also applies whether or not Uranus is facing off Jupiter.

Tenor Trombone in B-Flat via The Met



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Me looking at these new extraterrestrials.

Happening in the world: Scientists (I mean it would be weird if clowns did this. Actually, would it?) have recently discovered a solar system they’ve named TRAPPIST-1. It’s eerily similar to ours, with seven planets close to Earth in size and at least three of those planets in the habitable zone, or the zone where liquid water could form. (

Happening in the Big Appz: The cost for the NYPD to protect Trump and his family in New York since Inauguration Day has turned out to be significantly less than what the NYPD previously anticipated — $24 million as compared to the estimated $35 million. Thank goodness, right? (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Tonight at 7 pm CU Generation will be performing its first ever Showcase in the Black Box Theatre.

Overheard: “Now, the reason they gave for giving him second place was that he wasn’t French. But the winner wasn’t French either. He was Swiss.”

Health goth tip of the week: High glycemic foods such as pretzels, saltine crackers, and instant oatmeal can lead to intense spikes in blood sugar and the release of insulin, which facilitates the storage of blood sugar in fat cells. If you want to lose fat, try looking into low glycemic foods instead. However, do note that just because something has a low glycemic index doesn’t mean it’s healthy; the value of a food depends on a variety of other factors, such as how processed the food is or how many nutrients it contains.

Bust of a Man Facing Right by Anonymous via The Met

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