Astronomer scores ‘Oscar of Science’ for mapping of early cosmos

ITHACA, N.Y. – Rachel Bean, professor of astronomy and senior associate dean of undergraduate education for the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, is among a team of 27 scientists who won a share of the $3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics this week. “The Breakthrough Prize was created to celebrate the achievements […]

New quick, portable test for iron, Vitamin A deficiency could help save lives around the world

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers and nutritionists have created a swift solution for a challenging global health problem: a low-cost, rapid test to detect iron and vitamin A deficiencies at the point of care. “Vitamin A and iron deficiency affect more than one-third of the world’s population. Problems resulting from these deficiencies – such […]

Five steps to protect your privacy ahead of Supreme Court cell phone tracking case

Should police have to get a search warrant to access cell site location information that is routinely collected and stored by wireless companies? Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the issue. The case, Carpenter v. United States, is likely to have major consequences for law enforcement and personal privacy. Eliza Bettinger, the […]

Top-flight rheometer allows for outside-the-box research

ITHACA, N.Y. – Until earlier this month, if students in Itai Cohen’s research group wanted to perform advanced measurements on a fluid – such as applying both rotation and sinusoidal oscillations to gauge whether the flow disruption was hydrodynamically or contact-mediated – they’d have to drive 330 miles east. Now, thanks to a loan from […]

Oil development at Arctic Refuge would forever alter sensitive ecosystems

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 13-10 this month to approve a bill that would allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The measure will be added to the Senate’s tax-reform package that is expected to be put to a vote before the end of […]

FCC’s net neutrality proposal amounts to ‘forced consumption’ for consumers

Today, federal regulators revealed a plan to roll back stricter net neutrality rules, giving Internet providers the ability to determine the websites and online services their customers can access. It will be put to a vote at the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14 meeting. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government […]

Hyperloop in NYC – Is it the future of transportation, and when will it arrive?

Transportation policy and infrastructure experts will meet with journalists to discuss the latest development timelines, challenges and breakthroughs surrounding Elon Musk’s Hyperloop ambitions  WHAT:          Journalists are invited to get on the inside track of the development of Hyperloop technology. Three experts from the national Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) will answer technology, policy and infrastructure […]

Proposed New York climate change mitigation bill doesn’t hit the mark, says Cornell expert

ITHACA, N.Y. – Toby Ault, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, suggested strong carbon-tracking improvements be included in a proposed New York State Senate bill intended to mitigate the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed Senate Bill S6617-A – the Climate and Community Protection Act –  is sponsored by Sen. Tony […]

Cornell mathematician’s study of ‘swarmalators’ could direct future science

ITHACA, N.Y. – How does the Japanese tree frog figure into the latest work of noted mathematician Steven Strogatz? As it turns out, quite prominently. “We had read about these funny frogs that hop around and croak,” said Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics. “They form patterns in space and time. Usually […]