Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids’ schools

ITHACA, N.Y. – Children whose parents have spent time behind bars have worse social, economic, cognitive, behavior and health outcomes than kids whose parents haven’t. But researchers know less about why that is. A Cornell University sociologist and former elementary school teacher recently identified a mechanism that may explain why these kids have worse educational […]

Imaging technology reveals copper is key to meeting future food and energy needs

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/plants. ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time, Cornell University researchers are using imaging capabilities at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to explore how copper affects plant fertility. The work could provide key insights into how plants can be bred for better performance in […]

Here’s how Hyperloop technology will transform transportation

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk made headlines this week when he tweeted that he’d received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop between New York and Washington D.C., with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Professor Rick Geddes is the founding director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy at Cornell University. Geddes also serves on the […]

Energy-efficient accelerator was 50 years in the making

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the introduction of CBETA, the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator, Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists are following up on the concept of energy-recovering particle accelerators first introduced by physicist Maury Tigner at Cornell more than 50 years ago. CBETA tests two energy-saving technologies for accelerators: energy recovery and permanent magnets. […]

Heritage and ancient grain project feeds a growing demand

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ancientgrains.  ITHACA, N.Y. – After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback. Restaurants and bakeries that promote organic and local agriculture have sprouted up across the country in the last […]

Out of the blue: Cornell X-ray finds unique fingerprint in Medieval manuscript ink

Media Note: Images of the manuscript and testing process can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/CHESSmanuscript. ITHACA, N.Y. – Analyzing pigments in medieval illuminated manuscript pages at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source(CHESS) is opening up some new areas of research bridging the arts and sciences. Louisa Smieska and Ruth Mullett studied manuscript pages from Cornell […]

‘Eelevator’ project helps eels survive journey through New York waters

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/eelproject. ITHACA, N.Y. – An “eelevator” designed and built by a team that includes Cornell University researchers is helping American eels survive their harrowing journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Hudson River and into rivers in or near New York City. In the past, eel […]

Ancient grains making a gourmet comeback in NYC, journalists can get private taste

Untitled at the Whitney Museum to offer sample menu with Cornell researchers and NYC organizers leading the organic grains movement on hand WHAT:          Media-only lunch to feature ancient wheat varieties growing in popularity at New York City artisanal bakeries, restaurants and farmers markets. These grains promote sustainable agriculture, feature robust flavors, and benefit farmers economically. […]

Bringing bacteria’s defense into focus

ITHACA, N.Y. – By taking a series of near-atomic resolution snapshots, Cornell University and Harvard Medical School scientists have observed step-by-step how bacteria defend against foreign invaders such as bacteriophage, a virus that infects bacteria. The process they observed uses CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) sites, where the cell’s DNA can be snipped […]

Ultrashort-pulse fiber laser reaches unprecedented performance at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have engineered a new kind of environmentally-stable fiber laser that generates high-power ultrashort light pulses, opening new possibilities and applications for the fiber source. The fiber laser produced approximately 50-nJ and 40-fs pulses, which yield a peak power of one megawatt, an order of magnitude higher than that of […]