support us

We are very excited to announce that it is now possible to directly support the Cool Worlds Lab through Columbia's Giving platform. This means that your money not only goes directly to our lab, but we will receive 95% of your donation and you will even be eligible for certain tax benefits.

We believe our approach here is unique and exciting. Our research leads to public communication. That public communication leads to your support. That support enables more research. A cycle where research and public communication are intertwined, in terms of inspiration, dissemination and now even enabling fundamental research. Join us.


The best way to support us is through regular donations, because put simply, research takes time. Your money will fund the Cool Worlds Lab directly, enabling us to buy equipment, support researchers, grow the team, and of course disseminate our discoveries. We currently fund our work through a mixture of private and public grants, but these place limits on the scope of the work we can investigate. Through your support we can be bolder, take on riskier projects and truly dive into the unknown!

We know many of our YouTube audience will be familiar with Patreon, but that's better for individual creators rather than research labs. By funding through Columbia directly, much more of your money actually reaches us, in fact 95%. Your dollars will go directly to a research fund held at Columbia University and is exclusively for the Cool Worlds Lab, so you can be sure your money is going directly to fund our research. We are looking to build a core group of regular supporters/patrons who are passionate about supporting science and scientific communication. You can also make a one-time donation, but regular donors gain access to various rewards at the following different levels. During the donation process, just enter your email address so we can contact you with your reward!

* Important: The Columbia platform cannot process donations smaller than $10. So the $2/month tier is actually billed as $24/year. Similarly, the $5/month tier is billed as $15/quarter.

How? Just click the links for the level you want. Then click "Add Gift" and then "Next" on the following page. After that you just enter your information so you can redeem your reward.

Gifting on behalf of friends/family: As a gift for the holidays/birthday or in honor of a loved one, we can process donations made on behalf of someone else. Just click the level you want to support at, then click "Yes" for the gift option, and then on the "Step 3" page fill in the details of the recipient under "Special Instructions".


Thanks for your support! Access to the Cool Worlder’s Activity Feed where you’ll hear announcements and updates on upcoming research papers and videos.

This means a lot to us, thank-you. In fact we’ll thank you by name in the description of one of our YouTube videos, so everyone knows how awesome you are. Plus all previous rewards.

This is a major contribution that will support our team. Join us for a bi-monthly private live stream where you can ask us questions and hear about what’s in the works. Plus all previous rewards.

We're blown away by your support! So enjoy exclusive early access to our videos and research papers. You'll see new discoveries, ideas and concepts before anybody else. Your name will also appears in the description of *every* video. Plus all previous rewards.

Truly epic! Verbal shout-out in one of our videos upon commitment and credited on-screen as an “Executive Producer”. Also, we’ll thank-you by name in the acknowledgements of one of our research papers so that history records how you helped support our research. Plus all previous rewards.

We are incredibly grateful to those of you can support us at this level. As a thank-your, we'll schedule a one-on-one Google Hangout with David when you pledge and we’ll acknowledge your support in academic presentations and *all* of our papers. Plus all previous rewards.


Welcome to The Illuminati. At this level, you are in our highest tier and will be invited to an exclusive small-council meeting once per year where the Cool Worlds team will present the latest research, ask for input/advise and discuss ideas with you. You will also be honored by being listed as a named donor on a plaque at Columbia University. Plus all previous rewards.