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: https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/people/karl-niklas 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 […]

Warbler genomes look to be 99.97 percent alike

For decades, conservationists have considered blue-winged warblers to be a threat to golden-winged warblers, a species being considered for federal Endangered Species protection. Blue-winged warbler populations have declined 66 percent since 1968, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The two species are known to frequently interbreed where they co-occur, and scientists have been […]

Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork

ITHACA, N.Y. – From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer experience and behavior. But what impact does it have on employees? Cornell University researchers explored this question in a pair of lab experiments and found that music can have important […]

Dietary compound linked to heart disease may be influenced by gut microbiome

In the last five years, some scientists have cautioned against eating eggs and meat because these foods generate a common dietary compound, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that research has suggested plays a role in heart disease. A Cornell study recently published online in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports new results that raise questions […]

Cornell scientists convert carbon dioxide, create electricity

ITHACA, N.Y. – While the human race will always leave its carbon footprint on the Earth, it must continue to find ways to lessen the impact of its fossil fuel consumption. “Carbon capture” technologies – chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it is released into the atmosphere – is one approach. In a recent study, Cornell […]

Male frogs have sex on land to keep competitors away

ITHACA, N.Y. – When it comes to the birds and the bees, frogs are remarkably diverse: They do it in water, on land and on leaves. Researchers have assumed that natural selection drove frogs to take the evolutionary step to reproduce on land as a way for parents to avoid aquatic predators who feed on […]

Biological wizardry ferments carbon monoxide into biofuel

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas. “Instead of having the waste go to waste, you make it into something you want,” said Ludmilla Aristilde, assistant professor in biological and environmental […]