Single genes control color, stripes in butterfly wings

Media note: Photographs of the researched butterfly wings can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ReedSingleGene ITHACA, N.Y. – Two papers prove for the first time how single master genes – one for colors and iridescence and the other for stripe patterns – control these complex traits in butterfly wings, according to research by a team that includes […]

Cornell digital ag program integrates with John Deere Operations Center

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ag-Analytics, a cloud-based application that provides digital agriculture analytics, has integrated its technology with the John Deere Operations Center, the manufacturer’s online platform. Cornell is the first university to integrate with the John Deere Operations Center; Deere is the largest farm machinery manufacturer in the world. When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they […]

Local control new beginning for Newark Public Schools

After years of battles between state and local leaders, the New Jersey Board of Education voted to allow Newark to resume control of the city’s school district, recognizing an improvement in the schools’ performance, management and budget. Noliwe Rooks, associate professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University, is author of “Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and […]

Irma’s salt water surge may damage crops, native plants

The storm surge that followed the high winds of Hurricane Irma pushed salty sea water over gardens, crops and fields, depositing sodium and other minerals. Two Cornell University experts – Nina Bassuk and Harold van Es – explain that the potential sea water damage depends on soil composition, rainfall and other factors. Both experts are […]

New initiative bridges plant breeding digital divide

ITHACA, N.Y. – Crop breeders in developing countries are facing challenges in their efforts to improve yields to feed growing populations, battle crop diseases, and counter the effects of drought, salinity and poor soils. Modern genomic tools that make breeding new varieties cheaper, faster and more efficient would help meet those challenges, but developing such […]

Trump-Democrat debt-ceiling deal compounds GOP woes

David A. Bateman, an expert in American political development, political parties and ideology and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, says that President Trump has compounded problems for congressional Republicans by agreeing to a bipartisan deal on the debt ceiling with Democratic leaders. Bio: https://research.cornell.edu/researchers/david-bateman Bateman says: “Trump put Republicans in a difficult position […]

In Harvey’s wake, individual preparedness more essential as Irma looms

Keith Tidball, assistant director for disaster education at Cornell Cooperative Extension and faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, says that individual preparedness is vital to the safety of millions of Americans who are in the path of Hurricane Irma. Tidball’s experience includes work in post-Katrina New Orleans, in […]

Trump decision to ditch DACA is direct blow to Latino community

Sergio Garcia-Rios, an expert on immigration and Latino politics, and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, says that the Trump Administration decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a purely political decision that carries negative economic, sociological and political consequences. Note to media: Garcia-Rios is willing to be interviewed […]

Caffeine tempers taste, triggering temptation for sweets

ITHACA, N.Y. – Caffeine, the widely consumed stimulant and igniter of sluggish mornings, has been found to temper taste buds temporarily, making food and drink seem less sweet, according to new Cornell University research. Caffeine is a powerful antagonist of adenosine receptors, which promote relaxation and sleepiness. Suppressing the receptors awakens people but decreases their […]

Despite a great grip, geckos sometimes slip

ITHACA, N.Y. – Geckos climb vertically up trees, walls and even windows, thanks to pads on the digits of their feet that employ a huge number of tiny bristles and hooks. Scientists have long marveled at the gecko’s adhesive capabilities, which have been described as 100 times more than what is needed to support their […]