Where can I buy a chair like that? This app will tell you

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you think you have a knack for interior design, or just want to spruce up your own home, new technology developed by Cornell researchers may help you choose furnishings the way professionals do. And professionals may find it helpful, too. Given a photo of a chair, lamp or some other item, […]

Warbler genomes look to be 99.97 percent alike

For decades, conservationists have considered blue-winged warblers to be a threat to golden-winged warblers, a species being considered for federal Endangered Species protection. Blue-winged warbler populations have declined 66 percent since 1968, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The two species are known to frequently interbreed where they co-occur, and scientists have been […]

Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork

ITHACA, N.Y. – From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer experience and behavior. But what impact does it have on employees? Cornell University researchers explored this question in a pair of lab experiments and found that music can have important […]

In long-distance collaboration, smaller groups accomplish more

ITHACA, N.Y. – When it comes to teamwork, familiarity breeds productivity rather than contempt, according to a new study from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Establishing such affinity is increasingly important, the researchers say, given the rising number of virtual project teams comprising far-flung members. The research examining collaboration among geographically dispersed academics from […]

At work, hierarchies draw narcissist job hunters

ITHACA, N.Y. – People who have narcissistic tendencies are more likely to support hierarchies, according to research by Emily M. Zitek, assistant professor at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Two hundred to 400 people answered questions in five separate studies, which collected information through online surveys. People with narcissistic traits tended to support […]

Dietary compound linked to heart disease may be influenced by gut microbiome

In the last five years, some scientists have cautioned against eating eggs and meat because these foods generate a common dietary compound, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that research has suggested plays a role in heart disease. A Cornell study recently published online in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports new results that raise questions […]

Cornell scientists convert carbon dioxide, create electricity

ITHACA, N.Y. – While the human race will always leave its carbon footprint on the Earth, it must continue to find ways to lessen the impact of its fossil fuel consumption. “Carbon capture” technologies – chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it is released into the atmosphere – is one approach. In a recent study, Cornell […]

New dementia app helps memory loss patients find memories

ITHACA, N.Y. – People suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of age-related dementia sometimes have trouble recognizing friends and family or knowing what to talk about when they visit. A new app created by a group of Cornell University students offers to help patients stay connected to their memories – and thus to their friends […]

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 […]