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Lee Dewyze, The Tragic Thrills, The Friday Pilots

Lee Dewyze, The Tragic Thrills, The Friday Pilots perform in Chicago

February 23, 2015

Brought together by chance, American Idol season 9 winner Lee DeWyze, The Tragic Thrills and one of Columbia’s student bands, Friday Pilots Club, were an outstanding lineup for the Feb. 13 show at the...

“The Distant Architect” is a noir science-fiction film written and directed by Clara Alcott. The short film tells the story of a Chicago architect who starts to question how she views herself and what she knows about her body. 

Columbia alumna ‘Architect’ of new science-fiction noir film

November 10, 2014

Clara Alcott, a 2001 film + video alumna, first started working on the screenplay for “The Distant Architect” 10 years ago. Originally set to be a full-length movie, it was trimmed to fit a smaller bu...

“Planet of the Apes” is the dawn of a great franchise

By Josh R. Weitzel

August 12, 2014

The “Planet of the Apes” franchise has been a staple of the science-fiction genre since 1968. Although no sequel was as critically acclaimed as the original, the series has enjoyed success with a reboot in 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which employed revolutionary visual technology and a thrilling origin story set in modern day. The latest sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” is not only one o...

Cyborg insects may be tomorrow’s heroes

By Brandon Smith

September 17, 2012

The idea of cyborg-like “biobots” has the allure of a science fiction novel, but they are real and may one day save your life.Researchers at North Carolina State University at Raleigh have artfully adorned Madagascar hissing cockroaches with radio transmitting “backpacks,” hoping that one day they will be able to navigate earthquake rubble and explore areas exposed to radiation.Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor o...

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