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CHESS imaging reveals how copper affects plant fertility

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:07:00 EDT

Technological advances making it possible to image micronutrients in plant tissues are giving Cornell scientists additional tools to develop crops that thrive in marginal soils.

Study: Many kinds of happiness promote better health

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:07:00 EDT

Experiencing a range of positive emotions, from enthusiasm to amusement, is linked to lower levels of inflammation, says a new study by Anthony Ong. He and his team drew on approaches used to measure the biodiversity of ecosystems.

ComSciCon-Cornell aims to reach all communities

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:07:27 EDT

For the third year, Cornell is holding ComSciCon-Cornell, a science communication workshop organized by graduate students, for graduate students and postdocs July 14 and 22.

New food policies could take the bite out of India's malnutrition

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:07:38 EDT

Agricultural economist Prabhu Pingali says India should fight its population's malnutrition by subsidizing more nutritious foods, like legumes, millets, fruits and vegetables, rather than only staple grains like rice and wheat.

Two groups both win $7.5M to study AI, autonomous systems

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:07:19 EDT

Research teams led by professors Robert Bruce van Dover and Hadas Kress-Gazit have both been granted up to $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for autonomous systems and AI research.

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:07:12 EDT

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, while they say the region's 2013-16 drought may hint at climate change.

Pomologist Chester Forshey dies at 92

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:07:18 EDT

Chester Forshey, professor emeritus of pomology, died May 7 at the age of 92.

Gripping geckos' aerial escapes test their limits

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:07:53 EDT

A new study examines for the first time the limits of geckos' gripping ability in natural contexts.

Heritage and ancient grain project feeds a growing demand

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:07:00 EDT

A Cornell-led project is helping build a new local grain culture by providing research-backed, farm-to-table information on modern, ancient and heritage wheat varieties.

Protein prevents excess fluid from entering lung tissue

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:07:16 EDT

A protein found in the cells lining blood vessels plays a central role in preventing fluid and inflammatory cells from leaking into lung tissue, Weill Cornell Medicine researchers discovered.

Nitric oxide plays key role in forming potent greenhouse gas

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:07:00 EDT

Cornell chemists have uncovered a fresh role for nitric oxide that could send biochemical textbooks back for revision. They have identified a key step in the nitrification process, which contributes to global warming.

Research offers new hope for gender equity in STEM fields

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:07:00 EDT

Men continue to be much more likely to earn a degree in STEM fields than women. Research from Cornell's Center for the Study of Inequality offers unexpected hope in closing this gender gap.

Refined DNA tool tracks native and invasive fish

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:07:12 EDT

Rather than conduct an aquatic roll call with nets to know which fish reside in a water body, scientists are using DNA fragments suspended in water to catalog invasive or native species.

Cuomo signs bill, invests in industrial hemp at Cornell event

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:07:14 EDT

New legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 12 removes legal obstacles impeding access to hemp seed in a bid to streamline research and farming opportunities in New York.

McNair scholars advocate on Capitol Hill for TRIO programs

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:07:28 EDT

McNair scholars from Cornell and Upward Bound students visited the Capitol Hill offices of lawmakers from eight states to advocate for the educational access programs.

China scholarship honors John Hopcroft

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:07:07 EDT

John Hopcroft, the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, has been honored by the establishment of a scholarship in his name at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

Graduate student’s claymation videos dig up soil ecology

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:07:12 EDT

A graduate student's short science videos explain the miniature world of soil ecology through the magic of claymation.

Jumping spiders mimic ants to defy predators

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:07:54 EDT

To avoid being eaten, the ant-mimicking jumping spider pretends to be an ant, according to Cornell research published July 12 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Crowdfunding campaign supports biology field study

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:07:10 EDT

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is raising $200,000 to endow the Root-Marks Fund for Field Teaching to fund 2-week formative field study for graduate students in Florida.

‘Fusion genes’ drive formation and growth of colorectal cancer

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:07:43 EDT

Genetic mutations caused by rearranged chromosomes drive the development and growth of certain colorectal cancers, according to new research conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Researchers survey strategies to improve end of life quality

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:07:49 EDT

A new study draws on experiences of members of care teams working with end-of-life patients to identify strategies to improve quality of life through policies, palliative care practices and design.

Missing link identified between immune cells and Alzheimer’s

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:07:38 EDT

By studying the effects of immune cells that surround blood vessels in the brain, Weill Cornell Medicine researchers have discovered a new pathway that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

Parasitizing wasps offer hope against devastating lily beetle

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:07:33 EDT

Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle, which has devastated the plants in many areas statewide.

Cornell's vegan Jack'd Jerky wins national food contest

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:31 EDT

Cornell’s Jack'd Jerky – a nutritious vegan snack that offers a refreshing respite from salt-laden meat jerky – won the 2017 IFT food product development competition June 27 in Las Vegas.

Soil microbiologist Martin Alexander dies at 87

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:07:40 EDT

Martin Alexander, emeritus professor in Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences Section, died June 25 in Ithaca at age 87.