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 […]

Dairy farmers, keep flies guessing by alternating pesticides

ITHACA, N.Y. – Old-fashioned fly swatters may be the most foolproof housefly killer, but for dairy farms, insecticides are the practical choice. Flies spread disease and a host of pathogens that cost farms hundreds of millions of dollars in annual losses. Unfortunately, with the repeated use of the same insecticides, flies develop resistance through genetic […]

Media statement on Cornell University’s role in Facebook ‘emotional contagion’ research

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University Professor of Communication and Information Science Jeffrey Hancock and Jamie Guillory, a Cornell doctoral student at the time (now at University of California San Francisco) analyzed results from previously conducted research by Facebook into emotional contagion among its users. Professor Hancock and Dr. Guillory did not participate in data collection […]