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The first rule about science is science rules.

When they’re not rocking out or helping the community, Columbia faculty enjoy pushing the frontiers of science. Bwog takes a moment to look back on this week in science. Headlines were compiled by our Northside Correspondent Ricky Raudales.

  • Columbia’s medical superstar, Dr. Oz, known by many for his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, encourages Americans to take healthcare reform into their own hands. On a related note, watching Oprah in bed won’t help you get over that cold sooner.
  • A team of Columbia physicists used quantum mechanics to melt glass in an entirely new way— by cooling it to near-absolute zero. Depending on your wave-mechanical interpretation of reality this may destroy  Thursday’s Glass House Rocks party.
  • An assistant professor is developing a groundbreaking medical search engine named PERSEUS. Bwog hopes it comes with an autocomplete feature.
  • Russian scientists may soon drill into a precious underground lake in Antarctica. Don’t tell B-school, or we could see Vostock join ranks with Fiji.
  • Our very own architect professor, Kate Orff, appeared on TED where she proposed dumping millions of pollution-chomping oysters into New York’s rivers. Students have are reminded to never ever swim in the Hudson.
  • Columbia geologists helped locating New Zealand’s Pink Terraces, a rare geothermal formation considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. All Harmony Hunter jokes end here!

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  1. There happens

    already to exist a database called "Perseus." It's a search engine and database for texts from antiquity. I'm going to imagine that this new development will cause chaos—some poor soul using Pramnian wine with barley and cheese to treat a gaping wound, for example.

  2. Anonymous

    I think you mean underground lake not underground like.... seriously Bwog can't you copy edit your posts

  3. Anonymous

    NJ got rid of some oyster beds cause they ran out of money to ensure that nobody steals them.

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    i thought that online "health communities" were generally frowned upon by mainstream medicine as they tend to be fertile breeding grounds for hypochondriacs, where they can both find one another and food for their diseases allowing them to combine and transform into "voltrons of group hypochondria" where they invent their own diseases (like "morgellons") and then start petitioning congress to try and force the cdc to recognize their homebrewed collective neuroses as legitimate diseases.

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