Tompkins County area students to build simulated drones at science day event

WHAT: 4-H National Youth Science Day to engage 100,000 students nationwide, including 40 students from Tompkins Co. and the surrounding area, through STEM and Drone Discovery Day activities WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21, 4 – 6 p.m. WHERE: Room 102, Mann Library, Cornell University, MEDIA: The event is open to the media. Media members are asked […]

Pepsi plans to cut sugar a positive move for profits, obesity rates

Two Cornell University experts comment on Pepsi’s plan for reducing sugar in its soft drinks around the world. John Cawley: Move by Pepsi a win for everybody Cawley is a professor of policy analysis and management and of economics and has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes on the obesity epidemic. Bio: Cawley says: […]

Teens light up cigarettes to slim down

ITHACA, N.Y. – Many doctors and public health experts assume that people smoke cigarettes simply because they’re addicted to the nicotine. But a Cornell University researcher and his colleagues have found that overweight and obese teens light up for a different reason: to lose weight. Among U.S. teens who are frequent smokers, 46 percent of […]

Fight against devastating potato pest gets funding boost

WHAT:          Senator O’Mara to announce $1.2 million for the nation’s only quarantine research facility for potato pest Golden Nematode WHEN:          Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE:        170 Kenneth Post Laboratory, Cornell University MEDIA:         Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 or […]

Tricks for perfect pumpkin picking

Steve Reiners, professor of horticulture at Cornell University and pumpkin expert shares some tips on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. Bio: Reiners says: “The drought of 2016 certainly made growing any crop a challenge in New York state this summer. Luckily for us, pumpkins tend to be very deep […]

Megadrought risks in Southwest soar as atmosphere warms

ITHACA, N.Y. – As a consequence of a warming Earth, the risk of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 35 years – in the American Southwest likely will rise from a low chance over the past thousand years to a 20- to 50-percent chance in this century. However, by slashing greenhouse gas emissions, […]

NSF grant to fund entrepreneurial growth, innovation

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Upstate New York Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation – a partnership of Cornell University, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester – has been awarded $4.2 million from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program to lead entrepreneurship and commercialization support programs targeted at the scientific community through […]

Drought conditions dry up hope for bright colors

Karl Niklas, Cornell University professor of plant biology whose research focuses on the relationship between plants and the physical environment, predicts the beauty of the 2016 fall foliage season will all depend on where you are in New York state. Bio: Niklas says: “Our record drought will have a significant and negative affect on Autumn […]

Peach-sized strawberry delivers huge dose of intense flavor

ITHACA, N.Y. – Strawberry fans, rejoice. The newest Cornell University strawberry variety concentrates intense flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand. Topping out at over 50 grams, Archer, the latest creation from Cornell University berry breeder Courtney Weber, is comparable in size to a plum or small peach. But […]

Early-onset spring models may indicate ‘nightmare’ for ag

ITHACA, N.Y. – Warm springs in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions – which create havoc for agriculture – may start earlier by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, according to a new Cornell University study published in Climate Dynamics. Very warm springs have been anomalies, but this new analysis of climate model […]