NASA’s long-lived Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record

ITHACA, N.Y. – NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after surpassing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving on the Red Planet since 2004. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover. A drive of 157 feet (48 meters) on July 27, 2014, put Opportunity’s total odometry […]

Cornell Tech VP Cathy Dove named president of Paul Smith’s College

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell Tech in New York City, has been named the 10th president of Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. The first female president of Paul Smith’s, she will begin her new position Sept. 1. As vice president of Cornell Tech since 2012, Dove has been responsible for […]

When you clean your plate, you just add weight

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re a member of the Clean Plate Club – you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate – you’re not alone.  A new Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever is on his/her plate. “If you put it on your plate, it’s going […]

African American homeownership increasingly unstable

African American homebuyers more likely to transition from owning a home to renting than whites ITHACA, N.Y. – New forms of racial inequality make homeownership a risky investment for African-Americans, according to a new study by Cornell and Rice University sociologists. “Despite important movement toward racial equality in access to homeownership, there is growing racial […]

Oklahoma quakes induced by wastewater injection, study finds

Contact: Syl Kacapyr vpk6@cornell.edu 607-255-7701 ITHACA, N.Y. – The dramatic increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma since 2009 is likely attributable to subsurface wastewater injection at just a handful of disposal wells, finds a new study to be published in the journal Science on July 3, 2014. The research team was led by Katie Keranen, […]

Study cracks how the brain processes emotions

Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell University neuroscientist Adam Anderson. “We discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with […]

Study cracks how the brain processes emotions

Looking to lose weight? Think of your next workout as a fun activity or as a well-deserved break – not exercise – and you’ll eat less and lose more weight, according to a new study from Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. Published in Marketing Letters, the new study analyzed the eating habits of people […]

Cornell website helps predict dog joint health before breeding

ITHACA, N.Y. – Selective breeding may have produced a beautiful variety of dog breeds, but it has also left many varieties with a legacy of genetic disease. To combat this trend, Cornell University researchers have launched the Cornell Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) website, the country’s first breeding value database, where the public can find the propensity for […]

Cornell University statement on the PNAS expression of concern

We applaud the review the editors of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have conducted regarding the recent paper co-authored by Cornell University researchers, Professor Jeffrey Hancock and postdoctoral associate Jamie Guillory, along with lead author Adam Kramer of Facebook, and we agree with their conclusion that this paper represents an important and […]

For cancer patients, sugar-coated cells are deadly

ITHACA, N.Y. – Every living cell’s surface has a protein-embedded membrane that’s covered in polysaccharide chains – a literal sugar coating. A new study by a Cornell University researcher found this coating is especially thick and pronounced on cancer cells and is a crucial determinant of the cell’s survival. Consisting of long, sugar-decorated molecules called […]