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Friday, November 17, 2017
What knowledge is most important now? How can we best pursue it? Is the university’s intellectual structure properly aligned with this endeavor? Bringing fresh thinking to these fundamental questions is the central purpose of the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, a new University-wide initiative...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
North Korea has accelerated its weapons-testing program, which includes intercontinental ballistic missiles that have the potential to reach U.S. territory. President Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country if it moves against the U.S. or its allies. As Trump began a trip to...
Monday, November 6, 2017
Redrawing the global map of crop distribution on existing farmland could help meet growing demand for food and biofuels in coming decades, while significantly reducing water stress in agricultural areas, according to a new study. Published today in Nature Geoscience, the study is the first to...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The worldwide pattern of religious affiliation at the time of death is expected to change over the next 50 years, with distinct regional trends, according to researchers from the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. The findings are...
Monday, October 30, 2017
Anu Bradford discusses the state of the EU on European Council on Foreign Relations podcast. As the world’s largest single market, the European Union has both a stake in the future of the liberal international order and the capacity to influence it, contends Anu Bradford, the Henry L. Moses...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
In 2011, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution inspired the Arab Spring, a wave of protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa that held the promise of a new political future for the region. For all of its challenges, Tunisia today stands alone in its peaceful transition to a functioning...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Ancient humans migrated out of Africa to escape a drying climate, says a new study—a finding that contradicts previous suggestions that ancient people were able to leave because a then-wet climate allowed them to cross the generally arid Horn of Africa and Middle East. The study appears in the...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Dandan Li, a journalist with Beijing News, raised the question of post-partum depression, an issue she said is of great interest to people in China who have seen many new mothers commit suicide. As Li spoke, her words were simultaneously translated into multiple languages, reflecting global...
Monday, September 25, 2017
Nearly a week after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the island’s 3.4 million residents face a growing humanitarian crisis. Most are still without power, food is scarce, and more than half have no access to drinkable water. Category Four winds and a storm surge knocked out the island'...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
At an event keynoted by Professor Michael Gerrard of the Sabin Center, experts discussed how the U.S. could catch up with Europe’s offshore wind industry. There is no shortage of mind-numbing projections for what’s to come should the world fail to adequately reduce greenhouses gas emissions. By...