Engineering team images tiny quasicrystals as they form

When Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman first saw a quasicrystal through his microscope in 1982, he reportedly thought to himself, “Eyn chaya kazo” – Hebrew for, “There can be no such creature.” But there is, and the quasicrystal has become a subject of much research in the 35 years since Shechtman’s Nobel Prize-winning discovery. What makes […]

Injured bobcat back home in the wild after treatment at Cornel

Media note: A video of the bobcat being released back into the wild is available on YouTube. Additional photographs and videos of the bobcat can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Bobcat2017. ITHACA, N.Y. – In April, Cornell University’s Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center (WHC) admitted a young male bobcat after he was hit by a car in Lansing, New York. After receiving […]

Chemists use electrochemistry to amp up drug manufacturing

ITHACA, N.Y. – Give your medicine a jolt. By using electrochemistry, future pharmaceuticals – including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States – soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way. Currently, making pharmaceuticals involves creating complex organic molecules that require several chemical steps and intense […]

Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change

An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change. “When making predictions about climate change, it’s […]

Parasites, snails may factor in Adirondack moose decline

The apparent declining moose population in New York ’s Adirondack Mountains may be caused partly by tiny parasite-transmitting snails eaten by moose as they forage vegetation, according to new research presented by two Cornell undergraduate students at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting, in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 8. “Our results show that moose foraging […]

Invasive gobies may change Oneida Lake’s complexion – again

Ithaca, NY – Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters. Invasive round gobies, bottom-feeder fish from Eurasia, appear to diminish zebra and quagga mussel populations and […]

Mechanisms found to explain atypical femoral fractures

ITHACA, N.Y. – There is no disputing that the use of bisphosphonates – with brand names such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast – is proven to combat bone loss and fragility fractures in millions of osteoporosis patients for whom a fracture could be debilitating, even life-threatening. But there is a caveat: Prolonged use of these […]

Climate Change Gardens brings plants back to the future

Media note: Images of the Climate Change Garden can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ClimateChangeGarden. For history and updates on the garden visit: http://www.cornellbotanicgardens.org/our-gardens/botanical/climate-change-garden/blog. ITHACA, N.Y. – Plots of foliage thicken in Cornell University’s Climate Change Demonstration Garden. Located at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, these raised beds provide a living illustration of how future temperature conditions may affect […]

‘Cornell Fruit Resources’ is one-stop shop for NY farmers

Media Note: The Cornell Fruit Resource website can be viewed here: http://fruit.cornell.edu/ ITHACA, N.Y. – With the launch of the revamped Cornell Fruit Resources website, New York growers have a new resource this season to help keep them productive and profitable. “The site is a one-stop shop for commercial fruit growers to access the wealth of information available […]

Immune cells may be key to better allergy, infection therapies

ITHACA, N.Y. – By learning how a recently discovered immune cell works in the body, researchers hope to one day harness the cells to better treat allergies and infections, according to new Cornell University research. Type 1 regulatory (Tr1) cells are a type of regulatory immune cell that help suppress immune responses, including inflammation and […]