Grab your shades – NASA’S Solar Probe Plus to show incredible detail

NASA is expected to make an announcement about the agency’s first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere on May 31. The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018. Jonathan Lunine is the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University and has served on […]

Journalists get sneak peek of new ARK equine and aviary facilities at JFK

Get behind-the-scenes tour of the newly completed Equine Import Quarantine and Aviary and meet the veterinarian who ensures animal safety for The ARK at JFK WHO:            Journalists get a first look at The ARK’s Equine Import Quarantine and Aviary, opening June 2017, and meet the Cornell University veterinarian, Linda Mittel, who helped develop the biosecurity […]

Rebuilding NYC: Sustainable fixes for crumbling city infrastructure

WHAT:          Engineers, NYC government leaders, infrastructure investors and Cornell University sustainability experts to address ways to rebuild crumbling urban infrastructure systems at day-long collaborative event WHEN:          Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE:        26 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York MEDIA:         Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s […]

Adoptapalooza: Three things to know before finding your four-legged family member

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s animals will host its annual pet adoption event, Adoptapalooza, at Union Square Park this Sunday. Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, the director of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as a consultant and lead veterinarian for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s Field Services […]

WannaCry attack reveals two troubling ethical lapses

The WannaCry ransomware attack continued to spread this weekend. Authorities in Europe say it’s impacting more than 10,000 organizations and 200,000 people in 150 countries. The malware behind WannaCry was reported to have been stolen from the National Security Agency in April. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government on cyber […]

In brain evolution, size matters – most of the time

ITHACA, N.Y. – Which came first, overall bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specialized behaviors? Neuroscientists have debated this question for decades, but a new Cornell University study settles the score. The study reports that though vertebrate brains differ in size, composition and abilities, evolution of overall brain size accounts for most of […]

VIDEO: New fabric coating protects your clothes, and the environment

Media Note: See a demonstration video and hear from professors Emmanual Giannelis and Jintu Fan, at https://cornell.box.com/v/treatedfabric or on the Media Relations YouTube page. ITHACA, N.Y. – When you spill pasta sauce on your favorite shirt but there is no trace of it after being washed, you can thank oleophobicity, a resistance to oil commonly […]

Ann Druyan to introduce famed UK astronomer at lecture exploring Earth’s future

WHAT:          The first Carl Sagan Distinguished Lecture will feature the United Kingdom’s Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, to talk about Earth’s vulnerabilities, possibilities and future. Ann Druyan, an Emmy and Peabody-award winning science communicator and Carl Sagan Institute board member, will speak ahead of Rees at the event. WHEN:          Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. […]

Raising NYC cigarette prices will ignite illegal street sales

The New York City Council’s Health Committee is scheduled to review a series of bills designed to curb smoking on April 27. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several proposals this month, including a plan to raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes to $13, the highest in the nation. Don Kenkel, professor of […]

Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs. Several roadblocks stand in the way of realizing that vision, however. They include poor rechargeability, reduced efficiency due to high overpotentials (more charge energy than discharge energy) and […]