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'Over the Rainbow': The Story Behind the Song of the Century

The song 'Over the Rainbow' almost didn't make it into the final film version of 'The Wizard of Oz'. The music professor Walter Frisch traces the history of the classic song in his latest book 'Arlen and Harburgs Over the Rainbow'.

Interactive map of Aleppo helps share information amid the chaos of civil war

New data released by the United Nations Institute for Education and Research - Operational Satellite Application Program (UNITAR-UNOSAT) show a strong pattern of destruction when overlaying the zones of territorial control in Aleppo: the damaged locations identified by UNOSAT are mainly inside or outside The outline of the besieged areas in eastern Aleppo confirms that this part of the city was systematically bombed and shelled during the war. View full interactive map

Pulitzer Prize Winner 2021

Columbia University has announced the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, which are awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

UFOs reappear

Aside from the talk and fantastic conspiracy theories, there could actually be a silver lining to solving the mystery of the unidentified flying objects.

Trump's Twitter channel is a public forum

In a win for free speech, a federal appeals court upheld the ruling that the president must share his critics on Twitter.

New exhibition and book details Columbias Italian Connection

On the ground floor of the 1927 neo-renaissance building on Amsterdam Avenue, which could be mistaken for a palazzo in Florence or Rome, an exhibition tells the story of Casa Italiana, which became the Italian academy for advanced studies in America in the early 1990s.

Frankenstein comes to life at Columbia

Fearless and powerful, Frankenstein has exerted an overwhelming influence on literature, the stage, the screen, comics and literary discourse.

5 questions: Professor Ramin Bahrani debuts film adaptation of 'Fahrenheit 451'

Ramin Bahrani's film, a modern retelling of Ray Bradbury's dystopian classic, was produced for HBO and will also be shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Portrait of a marriage in Mussolini's Italy

What does a relationship between an American woman and her Italian military man tell us about the penetration of fascism under Mussolini?

A story of the lesbian crush at Barnard College

George Chauncey, De Witt Clinton Professor of American History, tells the story of relationships between women at Barnard College and how society came to know it.

Paris, Mon Amour - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in der Reid Hall

The former first lady of the United States spent a year in Paris, now in Columbia’s Reid Hall, studying French language and literature as a college student of Vassar.

Columbia is building upgrades for the Large Hadron Collider, the largest atomic smasher in the world

The National Science Foundation is awarding $ 75 million to a Columbia-led team to support key improvements needed to advance high energy physics.

Could new UV technology fight the spread of the coronavirus?

Columbia researcher David Brenner believes that distant UVC light - safe for humans but deadly to viruses - could be a 'game changer'.

Economists Joseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty address converging crises of inequality

The pandemic, the presidential election, globalization, climate change and other topics will be dealt with in a transatlantic forum.

How spies and code breakers conquered the Middle East in World War II

Historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg uncovers how intelligence agencies helped win the war for the Allies in the Middle East.

Training in musical improvisation can train your brain to think differently

Researchers show that experienced improvisers are better able than musicians with limited improvisational experience to distinguish between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and chords that cannot.

Lessons from the hadith of the plague

The words of the Prophet Mohammed can help Muslim societies answer urgent questions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Columbia physicist honored with US commemorative postage honor

Chien-Shiung Wu's groundbreaking work changed the way scientists look at the structure of the universe.

University announcement on fossil fuel investments

The university does not hold direct investments in publicly traded oil and gas companies and is formalizing this non-investment policy for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Laura Duvall was named a 2021 Pew Fellow in Biomedicine

Duvall's research focuses on the neural and molecular pathways that regulate biting and mating in mosquitoes.