Samsung S8: Expect bells and whistles, but battery is key

Samsung is expected to reveal the new Galaxy S8 phone on March 29. Hector Abruña, the director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University and an expert on lithium ion batteries, says battery safety needs to be Samsung’s main priority as the company introduces new phones, like the S8. He’s available for comment after […]

NYC homeless shelter expansion plan a Band-Aid, not solution

The city will square off with Crown Heights residents in court Friday morning looking to delay or stop the opening of a homeless shelter on Bergen Street. Mayor de Blasio recently announced plans to open 90 new shelters over five years, in hopes of tackling the decades-long homelessness crisis in New York City. Laura Tach, […]

Big Apple chimp case highlights larger legal rights questions

A state appeals court in New York City must decide if a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights. Cornell University law professor Sherry Colb is an expert on constitutional law and animal rights, and a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Colb supports chimpanzees’ right to be […]

Cornell GPS receiver hitches a ride to space to find scientific ‘gold nuggets’

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers have developed a new piece of technology to study charged particles in the plasma of space, on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere – known as “space weather.” These particles affect the performance of communications and navigation satellites. To study conditions in the ionosphere, a band between 50 and 600 […]

Eight ways to get ready for the next big winter storm

Winter Storm Stella, a nor’easter that blasted across the Northeast and Midwest, claimed several lives. At least some of those deaths were a result of physical exertion from snow removal. Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, recommends eight things to do immediately to prepare families for future storms, disasters and emergencies. […]

450 charging stations not enough to jump start New York’s electric car movement

By April 1, New York state will begin offering a rebate of up to $2,000 for zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. Governor Cuomo has also launched a new electric vehicle campaign that includes plans to install 450 new charging stations around the state. Rick Geddes, associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and […]

Stella snowstorm to slam NYC, may not be last time this winter

  Cities along the Northeast coast, including New York City, are preparing for more than a foot of snow and strong winds as Winter Storm Stella moves in. Mark Wysocki, a meteorologist who specializes in forecasting and weather analysis at the Northeast Regional Climate Center, expects blizzard conditions to arrive Tuesday morning, and says this […]

Two radio signals, one chip, open a new world for wireless communication

Media Note: Photos and a PDF copy of the paper can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/radiochip.   ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers have devised a method for transmitting and receiving radio signals on a single chip, which could ultimately help change the way wireless communication is done. Separating the send and receive bands is difficult […]

Wave of violence against Jewish communities is massive, sudden and new

Threats of violence aimed at Jewish centers continue in cities nationwide, triggering evacuations and widespread safety concerns. Jonathan Boyarin, director of Jewish Studies and professor in the departments of Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, says threats like the one made at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn today are coming in an America […]

Surveillance leak first of many without system overhaul

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents this week, detailing tools the CIA allegedly uses to hack into smartphones, computers and other electronic devices. Fred Schneider is a Cornell University computer science professor who researches trustworthy computing and public policy, and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Working Group at Cornell. Schneider cautions that without the investment in more-secure systems, […]