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Down to Earth: A Conversation with Janna Levin

Renowned theoretical astrophysicist Janna Levin has mastered the art of simplifying the overwhelmingly complicated into something tangible. She wakes up every morning looking to explain the mysteries of the universe, which, she tells us, has a great soundtrack. While holding the position of Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard, Levin’s research interests include the […]

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BunsenBwog: Different Day, Same Channel

BunsenBwog had been stowed away in the metaphorical chemistry stock room over winter break, but science doesn’t take a holiday. Instead, Columbia’s tireless teams of professors and (let’s be honest) mostly graduate students have been toiling away during the winter months, presumably synthesizing the most chemically pure hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted. In reality though they were up to some cool stuff, and […]

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BunsenBwog: Whatever Edition

When they aren’t whispering stories in our ear, Professors enjoy cooking up knowledge in the lab. In this weekly feature, Propugnator Scientiae Zach Kagan gives the low-down on what scientists at Columbia have been up to. In a new experiment neutrinos are detected to be still traveling faster than the speed of light. That’s right, the not-sure-if-trolling […]

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Bwoglines: Animal Planet Edition

Ivy League schools are under fire for animal abuse in their laboratories. Try to treat the subject of your next dissection with a little more kindness, k? (SFGate) Working Muppets of All Countries, Unite! (Slate) Thanks to some mice, we’re one step closer to developing a vaccine against the Ebola virus. NYPD officers are in hot […]

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Bwoglines: Time for Midterms Edition

Soon the world’s population will hit 7 billion! (New Yorker) The new iPhone already ended at least one marriage. (HuffPo) Unexpectedly large numbers of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal. (NYMag) Dark matter is even more puzzling than we thought. (Wired) Young eyes needed washing after porn was posted on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. […]

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BunsenBwog: Yesteryear’s Science of Tomorrow Today!

When they’re not headbanging or falling for our anecdote baiting, Columbia faculty enjoy getting dirty in the lab. Bwog takes a moment to look back on this week in science. Headlines were compiled by test-tube enthusiast Zach Kagan. CSI is real—Columbia’s nanoscience brainboxes have created a device that can sequence DNA at the speed of a primetime crime drama. By dragging […]

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The Life of a Genius, in Pictures

Yesterday, Jim Ottaviani, author of the recently released graphic novel “Feynman“, stopped by Butler as part of his book tour. He discussed Richard Feynman— his book about a sardonic Nobel Prize-winning physicist with a knack for bongos, and the appeal of graphic novels. Bwog Daily Editor and Feynman Fan Brian Wagner was in attendance. To […]

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On Amphibian Reproduction

Overheard from Dr. Evelyn Hughes during a Frontiers of Science lecture today: “Just because physicists don’t show videos of frogs doing it, that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about it.” We’ll follow suit and spare you, but while we’re on the subject, we may as well introduce you fresh batch of College folk to what […]

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Bwoglines: Science Rules! Edition

The Vagelos family is giving University of Pennsylvania a $13 million present to help the school create a new undergraduate program in energy research. As if helping students learn how to build solar powered cars isn’t enough, the program’s acronym is VIPER. Now we’re really jealous. (UPenn) Barnard President D-Spar was inducted into the American Academy […]

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Faster Than The Speed of BunsenBwog

The physics community’s collective world was recently rocked by the latest results from CERN, with some now claiming that they have measured neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. While the discrepancy is small (only 60 nanoseconds), it could force physicists to reconsider Einstein’s theory of relativity. Columbia’s go-to physics rock star, Brain Greene, […]

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BunsenBwog: Summer of Science II

Columbia scientists take no vacations! Defying conventional medical technology, one Columbia engineer has decided to build his way out of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. The mChip, now passing its fourth year of testing, aims to deliver the diagnostic capabilities of a full-fledged lab to patients on a hundred-dollar chip. In case that’s not impressive, […]

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BunsenBwog

When they’re not jamming or answering our inane questions, 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 Resident Scary-Number-Things Expert Ricky Raudales. Using cutting-edge computer models, scientists at the Earth Observatory determined that the depletion of ozone over Antarctica has directly […]

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BunsenBwog

When they’re not headbanging or answering our inane questions, 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 Strong-Willed but Gentle- Handed Correspondent Ricky Raudales. A team of scientists recreated functioning enzymes that date back between one and four billion years […]

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Bwoglines: Perspective Edition

Prospies currently attempting to get a perspective into life at Columbia may be flustered as their peers rattle the names of their other college acceptances. But remember—it’s all about perspective. The salutatorian of Bronx Science got into six Ivies and is “just trying to refrain from any hubris,” but an acceptance to Columbia is still an […]

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LectureHop: When Bad Things Happen to Good Galaxies

Bwog’s resident Star Gazer Zach Kagan writes in with tidbits of information from Hugh Crowl‘s lecture, “When Bad Things Happen to Good Galaxies,” on doom and gloom for major galaxies. Behold the cosmic drama! The Audience at the most recent Public Lecture and Stargazing, held in the bowels of Pupin (correctly pronounced “pew-PEEN”) Hall, spanned […]

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