Cornell University launches Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A $20 million gift from the Milstein family will launch the new Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Tech that will pioneer a new approach to developing 21st century leaders and innovators. The program bridges two campuses to deliver a unique […]

New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer

ITHACA, N.Y. – Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fraction of those melanomas come from pre-existing moles, but the majority of them come from sources unknown – until now. Cornell researchers […]

3-D scanning project of 20,000 animals makes details available worldwide

ITHACA, N.Y. – What began as a Twitter joke between two researchers has turned into a four-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to take 3-D digital scans of 20,000 museum vertebrate specimens and make them available to everyone online. Cornell’s Museum of Vertebrates, with 1.3 million fish specimens, 27,000 reptiles and amphibians (called herps), […]

To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united

ITHACA, N.Y. – For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring – the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A […]

Shape-shifting octopus inspires 3-D morphing material

Media Note: Videos of the morphing materials can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/3dtexture. An interview and demonstration of engineering professor Rob Shepherd explaining the new work can also be viewed on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University engineering and physics team is using the octopus as inspiration for a method to morph flat […]

A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick

ITHACA, N.Y. – A seasonal flu shot is a bit like a local weather forecast: Based on the conditions elsewhere and the direction of the prevailing wind, a meteorologist can give the public a pretty good idea of what to expect in the near future. Experts who track influenza’s intercontinental travels basically do the same […]

Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests

Media note: Photographs can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/DeerNativePlants. ITHACA, N.Y. – When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasing the proportion of plant communities made up of non-native […]

New Salmonella test boosts food safety for humans and animals

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new test allows accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella bacteria, one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. Salmonella can infect animals as well as people, with commonly reported cases of people falling sick after handling pets and livestock. Tests that used to take days now […]

Discrimination more likely when resources are scarce

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the height of the Great Recession, psychologist Amy Krosch noticed a troubling trend: people of color seemed to be getting much harder hit than the white population on a number of socioeconomic indicators. She wondered whether something about the psychological effects of economic scarcity might be making pre-recession racial disparities even worse. […]

Study illuminates dramatic impact of night lights on bird migration

Media Resources: Download images, video, and radar animation. Note: The video file from The Messenger may only be used in connection with this story and only as-is, with no changes to the clip itself. Credit: SongbirdSOS Productions, Inc. ITHACA, N.Y. – Billions of birds undertake migratory journeys each spring and fall. Most of these spectacular movements go […]