Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life

ITHACA, N.Y. – Hunting for habitable exoplanets now may be easier: Cornell University astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos. Planets located great distances from stars freeze over. “On frozen planets, any potential life would be buried under layers […]

El hidrógeno volcánico estimula las posibilidades de hallar vida exoplanetaria

ITHACA, N.Y. – Quizás sea más fácil ahora encontrar exoplanetas habitables. Astrónomos de la Universidad de Cornell publican un nuevo estudio indicando que los volcanes podrían estimular las posibilidades de encontrar la vida extraterrestre en muchos planetas por todo el cosmos. Planetas ubicados lejos de su estrella tienden a congelarse. “En planetas congelados, cualquier vida […]

Consequences of destroying NAFTA

Gustavo Flores-Macias, professor of government at Cornell University and former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, is available to comment on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s trip to Mexico City to meet government officials including President Enrique Peña Nieto. This week, Flores-Macias penned this op-ed about […]

Recalculations of trade deficits will increase distortions

Andrew Karolyi, professor of asset management and finance at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, comments on recent reports suggesting Trump’s administration is considering recalculating trade deficit numbers. He says that while there is room for improvements on such statistics, any change would need a much more refined and nuanced approach to avoid further […]

This is what Trump must do to truly stop anti-Semitism

Jonathan Boyarin, director of Jewish Studies and professor in the departments of Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, says that if President Trump was serious about fighting anti-Semitism, he would fire Stephen Bannon and stop targeting Muslims and Arabs. Bio: http://neareasternstudies.cornell.edu/jonathan-aaron-boyarin   Boyarin says: “President Trump’s acknowledgment Tuesday that anti-Semitism is ‘horrible’ rings […]

National Endowment for the Humanities: minute investment with massive impact

Timothy Murray is director of Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities and sits on the board of the National Humanities Alliance, as well as other national institutes for the advancement of humanities education. Murray says that cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities – currently under consideration by the Trump administration – will have a massive […]

Puzder’s withdrawal shows power of progressive advocates

Dania Rajendra, extension faculty at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, says Puzder’s poor record as an employer and lobbyist alienated the vast majority of people in the U.S., including Trump voters. Rajendra says: “Puzder’s withdrawal shows the power of progressive advocates working together across issues – women’s rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, among others – in […]

Flynn proof Trump must choose merit over loyalty

Thomas Pepinsky, associate professor of government at Cornell University and an expert on authoritarianism, says Flynn’s resignation highlights the need to staff Trump’s team based on merit, not loyalty. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/pepinsky/   Pepinsky says: “Michael Flynn’s sudden resignation throws into question the Trump administration’s ability to staff its national security bureaucracy with competent and effective […]

Trump, Netanyahu: Two leaders on shaky domestic ground

Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, says that Trump and Netanyahu – scheduled to meet at the White House on Wednesday – are both facing serious international challenges while on shaky domestic ground and the interplay between them is likely to be as […]

Regressive leadership makes Puzder unfit to head Labor

Labor experts at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR say the prospects of Andrew Puzder’s confirmation as labor secretary raises serious concerns about the Trump administration’s ability to enforce existing legal protections for workers as well as promote fairer policy and better labor standards.   Jeffrey Grabelsky, associate director of the Worker Institute at Cornell […]