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Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence, seven of which belong to the Ivy League. It has been ranked by numerous major education publications as among the top ten universities in the world. Columbia was established as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain in reaction to the founding of Princeton University in New Jersey. It was renamed Columbia College in 1784 following the American Revolution, and in 1787 was placed under a private board of trustees headed by former students Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. In 1896, the campus was moved to its current location in Morningside Heights and renamed Columbia University.

Quantum Phase Transition Detected on a Global Scale Deep Inside the Earth

“Spin transition discovered in the Earth’s mantle; finding will improve understanding the Earth’s interior, and enable better understanding of tectonic events including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The interior of the Earth is a mystery, especially at greater depths …

Making Our Computers More Secure

“Columbia Engineering researchers design new techniques to bolster memory safety; ideas are now being used by Air Force Research Lab Because corporations and governments rely on computers and the internet to run everything from the electric grid, healthcare, and water …

The Robot Smiled Back

“Columbia Engineering researchers use AI to teach robots to make appropriate reactive human facial expressions, an ability that could build trust between humans and their robotic co-workers and care-givers While our facial expressions play a huge role in building trust …

Switching Nanolight On and Off

“Columbia researchers discover a new way to program light on an ultra-small scale. A team of researchers led by Columbia University has developed a unique platform to program a layered crystal, producing imaging capabilities beyond common limits on demand. The …

Columbia Engineers First to Observe Avalanches in Nanoparticles

“Researchers develop the first nanomaterial that demonstrates “photon avalanching;” finding could lead to new applications in sensing, imaging, and light detection Researchers at Columbia Engineering report today that they have developed the first nanomaterial that demonstrates “photon avalanching,” a process …

Could We Harness Energy from Black Holes?

“A new Columbia study indicates energy can be extracted from black holes through reconnection of magnetic field lines. A remarkable prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity—the theory that connects space, time, and gravity—is that rotating black …

Robot Displays a Glimmer of Empathy to a Partner Robot

“Columbia engineers create a robot that learns to visually predict how its partner robot will behave, displaying a glimmer of empathy. This “Robot Theory of Mind” could help robots get along with other robots—and humans—more intuitively Like a …

Harnessing Quantum Properties to Create Single-Molecule Devices

“Columbia team discovers 6nm-long single-molecule circuit with enormous on/off ratio due to quantum interference; finding could enable faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient devices Researchers, led by Columbia Engineering Professor Latha Venkataraman, report today that they have discovered a new …

New Platform Generates Hybrid Light-Matter Excitations in Highly Charged Graphene

“Columbia researchers are the first to use static charge between 2D atomic layers to provide a new route for generating graphene plasmon polaritons without an external power source or chemical dopants; discovery has broad application in nanotechnology Graphene, an atomically …

Stacking and Twisting Graphene Unlocks a Rare Form of Magnetism

“Twisting a monolayer and a bilayer sheet of graphene into a three-layer structure leads to new quantum mechanical states. Since the discovery of graphene more than 15 years ago, researchers have been in a global race to unlock its unique …