Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology

Just like workers in a factory, enzymes can create a final product more efficiently if they are stuck together in one place and pass the raw material from enzyme to enzyme, assembly line-style. That’s according to scientists at Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health, the first team to recreate a 10-step biological pathway with all […]

Marine disease likely to follow Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching

Drew Harvell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is widely recognized for her work on marine diseases – specifically, the ecology and evolution of coral resistance to disease as well as evaluating the impacts of a warming climate on coral reef ecosystems. Harvell says the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies report showing […]

Prepare for bird flu as never before

Jarra Jagne, a veterinarian with over 21-years of experience in poultry disease management and control, says the current spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 in Europe and the Middle East should serve as a reminder for poultry producers in the United States to prepare as never before. Biography: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/popmed/bios/jagne.cfm Jagne says: “Highly Pathogenic Avian […]

Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source

ITHACA, N.Y. – Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity according to a study published in the journal Oceanography (December 2016). “We may have stumbled onto the next green revolution,” said Charles H. Greene, professor of earth […]

New and improved kale varieties coming to a store near you

Media note: Photos of some of the new varieties of kale along with the researchers’ favorite kale recipe can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Kale ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its color, shape and even flavor – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction. Traits of […]

Moral values influence level of climate change action

ITHACA, N.Y. – Two moral values highly rated by liberals — compassion and fairness — influence willingness to make personal choices to mitigate climate change’s impact in the future, according to a new multidisciplinary study by Cornell University researchers. The findings also suggest that a moral value rated more highly by conservatives – purity – […]

Soda tax fizzles out without education

This week, Cook County, Illinois passed a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages just days after voters in four cities – San Francisco, Oakland, Albany California and Boulder Colorado – approved such taxes at the polls. Cornell University economist John Cawley has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes in Berkeley, California and says that while cities […]

Geologist available to comment on Chilean earthquake

Rick Allmendinger is a structural geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis at Cornell University – and he is also a visiting professor in the doctoral program at the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile. Allmendinger has been doing work in Argentina and Chile since 1981.   Media Note: A detailed analysis and history of major […]

Soda tax falls flat

ITHACA, N.Y. – Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half […]

In communicating wildlife conservation, focus on the right message

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you want people to care about endangered species, focus on how many animals are left, not on the chances of a species becoming extinct, according to a new study by Cornell University communication scholars. Since the 1960s, conservation experts have used specific labels to indicate how precariously a species is teetering […]