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

Columbia neuroscientist David Sulzer recently helped get the band back together—the Thai Elephant Orchestra, that is. Just like their human counterparts, the percussion-heavy elephants composing the troupe must endure make-or-break auditions and the occasional scuffle between members. You can ease away those midterm woes by tuning into their chill vibes, here.

Professor Steve Feiner, often accredited with coining the term “augmented reality,” forecasts a day when advanced eyewear will stream Internet feeds directly into our eyes. We just hope the spills of oblivious freshmen on the steps of Low continue to remain entertaining.

Recent findings by a team of Columbia scientists hope to bolster the survival of endangered species by paying more attention to local populations. For New Yorkers, this translates to “save the whales, stop feeding the squirrels.” We think they would approve of the whales’ recent reported comeback.

A project led by Professor Keren Bergman aims to redirect fiber optic traffic in the hope of making the Internet substantially faster. Hopefully, more reliable Wi-Fi in Butler?

Neuroscience graduate student Carl Schoonover was recently featured in Smithsonian magazinefor his published book Portraits of the Mind. The New York Times and others have lauded the book for its illustrious tribute to humanity’s continued fascination with the brain.



  1. Professor Steve Feiner

    Yes, theoretically a contact lens could be developed into a computer. But please don't, I don't want to be turned into a robot.

  2. correction:  

    "A project led by Professor Karen Bergman"

    *Keren, not Karen

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