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New discovery holds potential as tuberculosis drug

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:06:30 EDT

College of Veterinary Medicine researchers have discovered a key metabolic mechanism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which presents a novel drug target for potentially treating tuberculosis.

Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes digest pollutants

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:06:14 EDT

Cornell materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater.

Symposium explores possibilities of origami nanomachines

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:06:54 EDT

The Cornell Center for Materials Research held a symposium to explore using origami to create machines at the micron scale using atomically thin materials June 16-17.

Christopher Dunn honored by national gardens association

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:06:00 EDT

Christopher Dunn, executive director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, received the Award of Merit from the American Public Gardens Association for his service to public horticulture.

Enzyme key to triggering anti-cancer immune response

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:06:00 EDT

An enzyme implicated in autoimmune diseases and viral infections also regulates radiation therapy's ability to trigger an immune response against cancer, Weill Cornell Medicine scientists found in a new study.

Roundtable chews on opportunities, trends in the food business

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:06:56 EDT

A recent food industry conference hosted by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship covered topics including the effect of technology on restaurants, trends in food retailing and the movement to end tipping.

Geomorphologist Arthur Bloom dies at 88

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:06:07 EDT

Professor Emeritus Arthur Bloom, who taught at Cornell for 36 years and wrote what is considered the final comprehensive textbook on geomorphology, died May 31 in Ithaca at the age of 88.

N.Y. honeybees stung hard by varroa mite, researchers find

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:00 EDT

A small mite is causing big trouble for New York state's honeybee population and putting in peril the fruit and vegetable crops that depend on these pollinators.

CIS researchers receive $2.5M NSF grant for cybersecurity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:06:14 EDT

Researchers Andrew Myers, Elaine Shi, Greg Morrisett and Rafael Pass will explore a new approach that will make it easier to use cryptography to build more-secure systems.

Cornell to team with IBM to protect global milk supply

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:06:00 EDT

Cornell and IBM announced a joint research project June 23 that will use genetic sequencing and big-data analyses to help keep the global milk supply safe.

Bronfenbrenner talk highlights inequalities in children's health

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:06:00 EDT

University of Pittsburgh professor Karen Matthews explored biological links to persistent social inequalities in childhood health during the 2017 Bronfenbrenner Lecture, held June 15 in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.

Changing the identity of cellular enzyme spawns new pathway

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:06:00 EDT

Using a technique it devised, a research group led by professor Matt DeLisa has shown the ability to take membrane proteins out of the membrane and turn them into water-soluble biocatalysts.

The social media economy benefits few, new book suggests

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:06:00 EDT

A class of enterprising women aspire to make it in the social media economy but often find only unpaid work, says Brooke Erin Duffy, assistant professor of communication, in her book, (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love.

Hayes, Kinzler recognized by World Economic Forum

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:00 EDT

Alexander Hayes, assistant professor of astronomy, and Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development, were named Young Scientists 2017 by the World Economic Forum.

Republicans doubt 'global warming' more than 'climate change'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:00 EDT

The U.S. public doubts the existence of global warming more than it doubts climate change – and Republicans are driving the effect, according to new research. But there's more agreement on climate science than meets the eye.

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:06:34 EDT

In the year 2100, more than 2 billion people - those who live on islands or along coasts - could become climate change refugees due to rising sea levels, according to Cornell researchers.

Berry for your thoughts: Contest seeks name for grape

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:06:00 EDT

Big on flavor, aroma and size, Cornell's newest grape lacks one defining feature: a name. Grape breeder Bruce Reisch ’76 is offering the public the chance to name it.

Cohen wins Gates grant for her new take on male contraception

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:06:00 EDT

Geneticist Paula Cohen has won $100,000 Gates Foundation grant to develop a radical approach to contraception: preventing the sperm cell from developing, before it ever reaches the egg. She was chosen from 1,600 applicants.

Human tissue model developed to test colon cancer drugs

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:06:00 EDT

The first-ever 'disease in a Petri dish' platform that models human colon cancer derived from stem cells has been developed by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators, allowing them to identify a targeted drug treatment for a common, inherited form of the disease.

Molecular mechanism underlies anxiety, autism

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:06:10 EDT

A calcium-dependent molecular mechanism discovered in the brain cells of mice by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators may underlie the impaired social interactions and anxiety found in neuropsychiatric disorders – including schizophrenia and autism.

WCM hackathon focuses on 3-D printing innovation

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:06:59 EDT

The Clinical and Translational Science Center, in collaboration with the medical student group Tech-in-Medicine, hosted its first hackathon, the 3-D Printing Innovation Challenge, over the course of several days in May.

Carpenter advising awards honor four on faculty

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:06:00 EDT

Vice Provost Rebecca Stoltzfus presented Cornell faculty members Austin Bunn, Ella Maria Diaz, Michael Goldstein and Irby Lovette with 2017 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards May 27.

Cornell CubeSat wins ride into space with NASA in 2019

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:06:51 EDT

Cornell's Cislunar Explorers team has won the final phase of NASA's CubeSat competition and thus has earned a spot on a 2019 flight, in hope of completing its mission of a lunar orbit.

Course explores our future with robots and AI

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:06:52 EDT

A new computer science course offered last semester explored the ethical and social issues raised by the emergence of robots and artificial intelligence.

Student inventors to view their tech through business lens

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:06:00 EDT

Six engineering doctoral students are stepping out from behind the lab bench to closely examine the market potential for their research technologies.