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 […]

Vineyard cover crops reduce expense, save environment

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell researchers have advice for vineyard managers in cool and humid climates like the Northeast: cover up. Maintaining bare soil beneath vines has long been accepted management practice used to stifle competition and preserve water and nutrients for grapevines. Exposing soil beneath trellises has been achieved by using extensive herbicide treatments, a […]

Clinton overcome first impressions to win voters

Melissa Ferguson, a professor of psychology at Cornell University and expert on how people form and change our first impressions of others, says if Hillary Clinton wants to draw former Bernie Sanders and sway independents and moderate voters, she will need to correct myths and show voters something new about who she is. Bio: http://www.fergusonlab.com/   […]

Cornell ‘cosmic archeologist’ will study Juno mission mysteries starting July 4

Media Note: To access the full NASA Juno mission online press kit, click here. Any press inquiries on July 2, 3 or 4 should be directed to the NASA Juno newsroom at (818) 393-9011. ITHACA, N.Y. – On July 4, the veil over Jupiter’s mysteries will be ripped away with the arrival of NASA’s Juno […]

Fireworks fear? Tips to protect your pets

Many people enjoy the sounds and lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for your pets. Leni Kaplan, a companion animal veterinarian at the Cornell University Hospital for animals and a lecturer on Community Practice Service at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, explains how to look for signs of distress and […]

Key to chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not head

Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Now, for the first time, Cornell University researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut […]

$2.3M grant funds app creation to diagnose diseases

ITHACA, N.Y. – The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell University a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop FeverPhone, which will diagnose six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and Chagas’ disease. Faculty members David Erickson and Saurabh Mehta will […]

In doctors we trust – especially when they admit to bias

ITHACA, N.Y. – A doctor’s guidance may reassure us more than we realize –especially if she says she is likely to recommend treatment in her field of expertise, known as “specialty bias.” Doing research in a real-world health care setting, a Cornell expert and her colleagues have found that when surgeons revealed their bias toward […]

Drone rules a modest step, but lack enforcement

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert on drones, says the regulations presented by the White House today take some modest steps to address routine commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft but fail to clarify enforcement. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/kreps/ Kreps says: “As drones have become cheaper, more accessible, and more sophisticated, the government […]