Lee Speigel - AOL News
It's not nice to fool Mother Nature. Or is it? If you're not getting enough air, you might want to spend time sitting under a newly designed artificial tree that converts carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen.
In the modern world of urban pollution, we can't seem to grow enough trees to naturally convert carbon dioxide into life-sustaining air -- the process of photosynthesis -- until now.
Researchers at New York's Columbia University, working with Influx Studio in Paris, have designed a faux or artificial tree. It's basically a machine fashioned to resemble a dragon blood tree, complete...
Dave Thier - AOL News
Forget walk-in closets, indoor pools and multiple dens. In the world of the great recession, it's the little things that are making the biggest splash in the housing market.
Tiny housing is going through a renaissance, and for many architectural experimenters, whether it's a 65-square-foot cabin loaded onto a trailer, an ultra-efficient cube or a repurposed shipping container, small is beautiful.
Many tiny living units are simple, practical attempts at maximizing efficiency in housing, from small cabins in the country to city apartments that do their best not to feel cramped. Other projects...
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CHICAGO -- Close birth spacing may put a second-born child at higher risk for autism, suggests a preliminary study based on more than a half-million California children.
Children born less than two years after their siblings were considerably more likely to have an autism diagnosis compared to those born after at least three years.
The sooner the second child was conceived the greater the likelihood of that child later being diagnosed with autism. The effect was found for parents of all ages, decreasing the chance that it was older parents and not the birth spacing behind the higher...
Alison Fairbrother - Politics Daily
"Operation Ivy League," once code for aspirations of getting into a great school, has new meaning as the name of a five-month investigation by New York City police into illegal drug sales on Columbia University campus.
Five students were arrested Tuesday on charges of selling drugs in their bedrooms at three fraternities: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Psi Upsilon, and two campus residences. All pleaded not guilty.
According to police news releases, undercover officers with the Narcotics Bureau Manhattan North made purchases from students totaling $11,000 for cocaine, marijuana,...
J. Richard - AOL News
(Dec. 8) -- How far would you go to pay your college tuition?
Five students at Columbia University are accused of selling cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other drugs out of fraternity houses and campus dorm rooms in order to pay for school, according to Washington Square News. The students were arrested Tuesday after attempting to sell drugs to undercover officers who had been probing the drug ring dubbed "Operation Ivy League" by police.
"Why do you think I have to do this s***? He [my father] won't pay my tuition," Harrison David, 22, told a detective, according to the Columbia Spectator.
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(Nov. 15) 00 The club of private college and university presidents earning seven figures is getting less exclusive.
Thirty presidents received more than $1 million in pay and benefits in 2008, according to an analysis of federal tax forms by The Chronicle of Higher Education. More than 1 in 5 chief executives at the 448 institutions surveyed topped $600,000.
Most of the pay packages were negotiated before the full force of the recession. But even if the numbers dip slightly in next year's survey, executive pay is expected to keep climbing over the long term as colleges compete for top...
Katie Drummond - AOL News
(Sept. 14) -- A plague on the medical report? In yet another example of the disconcerting relationship between medical experts and the health care industry, a major new study has concluded that the majority of doctors failed to divulge important monetary compensation when writing in medical journals.
Writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine (itself "a bimonthly professional medical journal"), researchers from Columbia University warned of "inadequate transparency produced by current disclosure practices" invoked by numerous other medical publications.
They evaluated 32 medical doctors or...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
(Aug. 17) -- Although administrators won't literally charge an arm and a leg (thankfully), tuition at one of the nation's top universities is going to cost you.
Among the top 10 schools listed in the highly anticipated U.S. News and World Report annual university rankings, released today, not a single institution costs less than $36,000 a year. No real surprise there, as the publication acknowledges in its supplemental and separate "Best Value Colleges" post. But how do the premier schools rank when rearranged by annual cost?
When Surge Desk hit shuffle, it found that among the top 10...
Paul Wachter - AOL News
(July 15) -- Foreclosures hit a record high in the second quarter, reports The Los Angeles Times today.
"U.S. bank repossessions increased 38 percent in the second quarter from the same period a year earlier for a record total of 269,952, according to Irvine research firm RealtyTrac. That was also a jump of 5 percent from the previous quarter. If that pace continues through the year, the number of homes taken by banks is likely to top 1 million by the end of 2010, said Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac senior vice president."
Nearly 200,000 of these foreclosures came in California -- the epicenter of...