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 […]

Madoff rip-off shattered trust, changed investment behavior

ITHACA, N.Y. – Notorious financier Bernie Madoff bilked more than 10,000 investors out of billions of dollars in the 1990s and 2000s in the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. But the effect of Madoff’s elaborate Ponzi scheme rippled far beyond his direct victims. For the first time, a Cornell University researcher and his colleagues […]

Walking like ants gives spiders a chance

Media note: Video of the researcher explaining the study is available for download here. ITHACA, N.Y. – Humans aren’t the only actors on the planet. To avoid being eaten, some jumping spiders pretend to be ants, according to Cornell University research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Ants are aggressive at defending themselves: […]

Tiny mite takes a major bite out of NYS honeybee population, threatens fruit and vegetable crops

ITHACA, N.Y. – A tiny mite is causing major problems for New York’s honeybee population and is threatening the fruit and vegetable crops that are a major part of the state’s agriculture industry. The varroa mite is a common parasite that weakens honeybee colonies by feeding on bee blood and fat stores, and transmitting deadly […]

Senate GOP healthcare bill path to geographic inequality

Details of the Senate version of the GOP healthcare bill are prompting vigorous debate on the Senate floor and beyond. Jamila Michener, an expert on poverty and racial inequality and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, warns that the bill’s proposed cuts to Medicaid will imperil many Americans. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/jamila-michener Michener says: “The senate […]