Pro-pot arguments fly higher with likely voters

Four states legalized recreational marijuana in November, nearly doubling the number of states where recreational pot is legal. As more states consider joining them, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. But which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? It’s the arguments that support legalization, according […]

App helps assess disease severity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new iPad app, called Estimate, connects plant professionals with a portable database of photographs of diseased leaves to help determine plant disease severity.   Media note: Photographs of the app can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/PlantApp.   Estimate relies on Standard Area Diagrams (SADs), a series of photographs of diseased leaves, with each […]

App aids apple farmers in fight against spring freezes

February’s warm weather was nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price when winter roars back. To help growers assess precarious temperatures in turbulent springs, the Cornell University Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new Apple Freeze Risk decision tool. Apple trees need dormancy and cold weather so that springtime buds develop […]

New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 million tons of plastic used for packaging – for example, a 2-liter bottle or a take-out food container – actually gets recycled and re-used […]

Sagan Institute director explains what life could be like near Trappist-1

Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, and director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, explains why NASA’s discovery is exciting and what life might look like on the seven Earth-like planets discovered near Trappist-1 – planets likely to have very high ultraviolet radiation flux on […]

Sagan Institute director available to offer insight into new NASA exoplanet research

On Wednesday, NASA will hold a news conference that is expected to present new findings related to planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets. Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, will be available to offer independent insight into the research findings. Kaltenegger is […]

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater

Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16.   Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the study as well as […]

Perdue must be voice of reason in Trump cabinet

David Wolfe, professor of horticulture, climate change expert and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says while Sonny Perdue has the pedigree appropriate with the position of Secretary of Agriculture, the confirmation hearings must provide clarity on how influential he will be in providing a well-balanced, science-based viewpoint to the Trump […]

Vietnam capitalizes on climate change with shrimp

Michael Hoffmann, professor of entomology and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s decision to boost shrimp exports is a smart way to help Vietnam capitalize on climate change. In January, Hoffman led a team of students to Vietnam to study climate change and its implications, not […]

New high-pressure processor destroys foodborne pathogens

Media note: An animated graphic as well as additional photographs can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/HPP. A video of the researcher explaining the Hiperbaric 55 high-pressure food processor is available on YouTube. Cornell University food scientists are putting the squeeze on the microorganisms that spoil food and make people sick. With the installation of a new, commercial-scale high-pressure […]