Serious headwinds as Dow Jones passes 22,000 mark

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 22,000-point mark for the first time in its history. Andrew Karolyi, professor of asset management and finance at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, recently authored a paper about the shrinking number of exchange-listed firms in the U.S. He says that today’s milestone should prompt […]

Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life

  Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life   A new paper published today on “Science Advances” provides the first indisputable evidence of the presence of a molecule – acrylonitrile –  on Titan which Cornell University researchers theorized could be key to life on the methane-based, oxygen-free moon of Saturn. Chemical and biological […]

Of birds and babies: Social cues are key to vocal learning

ITHACA, N.Y. –  When a baby bird learns a song, is it simply mimicking and practicing its father’s tune? Or do chicks learn by first putting out nonsensical sounds – akin to a human infant’s babble – which they then build upon based on their parent’s response? A Cornell University study suggests that social feedback […]

“Root Map” transcends Mohawk, US, Canada borders to connect cultures

ITHACA, N.Y. –  A new play about borders has found an unusual way to transcend them: by integrating local experiences in each new place it is performed. When it travels Aug. 26 to Akwesasne, the Mohawk Nation territory divided by the U.S. – Canada border, the script will incorporate stories of local Mohawk people, some […]

New food policies could take the bite out of India’s malnutrition

ITHACA, N.Y. – India has spent the last 50 years combating hunger by boosting its production of staple crops like wheat, rice and maize. The strategy has worked – up to a point. Now India struggles with chronic malnutrition and child stunting, even though it produces enough calories to keep hunger at bay. But new […]

India’s tax overhaul to transform agricultural industry

On Saturday, India will start implementing a new, streamlined tax system – the Goods & Service Tax (GST) – which unifies the country’s tax code, making it easier to do business across state lines and internationally. The law also aims at increasing transparency in a system long-plagued by inefficiency. Cornell University economist Prabhu Pingali directs the Tata-Cornell Institute […]

New US visa definition of family strict, but soft on sensibility

The State Department issued new immigration guidelines aimed at clarifying the Trump administration’s travel ban, which limits visas for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. The guidelines outline the meaning of “bona fide” relationship, one of the visa requirements for foreign visitors from those countries attempting to come to the U.S. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor […]

18th-century map offers new insight into colonial life in New York

  ITHACA, N.Y. – A newly acquired 18th-century map of what is now New York state, showing Seneca and Cayuga villages and native footpaths in addition to natural features, offers insights into colonial life. The manuscript, drawn by prominent Albany-based mapmaker and surveyor John Rutse Bleecker, is now part of the American history and culture […]

Creative tactics earn union $18 minimum wage

Airport workers in New York City’s main airports are mobilizing to support a bill that will increase employees’ pay to nearly $18 an hour. New York lawmakers are expected to vote on the legislation before the end of the current legislative session. Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and […]

Kurdish independence is substance of Trump-Erdogan meet

The armament of Kurdish rebels in Syria – which Turkey views as terrorist – is likely to be high on the agenda when Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with President Trump today. Dr. Azat Zana Gündoğan, a visiting scholar with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University studies the socio-spatial inequalities […]