Getting rid of Social Security numbers is the best move, and here’s why

This week, the Trump administration announced that it is exploring ways to replace the use of Social Security numbers as the main method of assuring people’s identities, with a safer system based on modern technology. This comes in the wake of consumer credit agency Equifax Inc.’s massive data breach. Emin Gun Sirer is an associate professor of […]

Study illuminates dramatic impact of night lights on bird migration

Media Resources: Download images, video, and radar animation. Note: The video file from The Messenger may only be used in connection with this story and only as-is, with no changes to the clip itself. Credit: SongbirdSOS Productions, Inc. ITHACA, N.Y. – Billions of birds undertake migratory journeys each spring and fall. Most of these spectacular movements go […]

Puerto Ricans fleeing Maria devastation could face uphill economic battle in US

It’s anticipated that roughly half of all people out-migrating from Puerto Rico as a result of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, will come to New York state – and their economic future is uncertain, according to a Cornell University expert. Warren Brown is a senior research associate at Cornell University, where he directs the […]

Cornell physicists honored to play vital role in validating detection of gravitational waves

This morning, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 to physicists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne, for “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” In this video, Kip Thorne talks about the detection of gravitational waves as a guest speaker […]

300 Brooklyn students to experiment with ‘Incredible Wearables’ at technology event

WHAT:          4-H National Youth Science Day to engage 100,000 students nationwide, including 300-plus at a Brooklyn elementary school through hands-on engineering challenge involving wearable technology WHEN:          Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE:        Public School 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY VISUALS:     300­ – 400 elementary students (grades 4-8) designing and […]

Runway show to auction 100-year old, historic fashion collection

WHAT:          Exclusive, historic fashion collection featuring designers like Donna Karen and Yves St. Laurent to be featured at runway show and silent auction WHEN:          Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. WHERE:        The Prince George Ballroom, 15 E. 27th Street, Flatiron District MEDIA RESOURCES:       Images of the collection can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/fashioncollection. […]

Center for Materials Research’s NSF funding extended, increased

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Center for Materials Research – which through research and education is enhancing national capabilities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and materials research at all levels – has been has been granted $23.2 million for the next six years from the National Science Foundation. The funding represents a 26 percent increase over the […]

Cornell to launch new maker-themed website at 2017 World Maker Faire in Queens

WHAT:          Official launch of new maker-themed, STEM website designed by Cornell University engineers for middle and high school students at the 2017 World Maker Faire WHEN:          Sept. 23 and 24 WHERE:        New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens MEDIA:         Media members requesting interviews or more information should contact Daryl Lovell in […]

Mexico earthquake severity tied to depth, unstable soils

More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Geoffrey Abers is a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake seismology to understand the forces, material cycles, and deep structure of the Earth. He says the proximity of the Cocos plate to large population centers made […]

Devastating tree fungus found in Brooklyn and four Long Island towns

Media Note: Images of leaves infected with oak wilt can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Oakwiltdisease ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua. The […]