Cornell discovery holds potential for treating tuberculosis

ITHACA, N.Y. – A recent discovery by Cornell University researchers could lead to a new, effective treatment for persistent tuberculosis infections. Brian VanderVen, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, along with colleagues at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered a key metabolic mechanism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, which could lead to new drugs […]

‘Eelevator’ project helps eels survive journey through New York waters

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/eelproject. ITHACA, N.Y. – An “eelevator” designed and built by a team that includes Cornell University researchers is helping American eels survive their harrowing journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Hudson River and into rivers in or near New York City. In the past, eel […]

Bringing bacteria’s defense into focus

ITHACA, N.Y. – By taking a series of near-atomic resolution snapshots, Cornell University and Harvard Medical School scientists have observed step-by-step how bacteria defend against foreign invaders such as bacteriophage, a virus that infects bacteria. The process they observed uses CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) sites, where the cell’s DNA can be snipped […]

Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The researchers created electro-spun carbon nanofiber electrodes and coated them with a conductive polymer, called PEDOT, to compete with carbon cloth electrodes available on the market. When the PEDOT coating is applied, […]

Tiny mite takes a major bite out of NYS honeybee population, threatens fruit and vegetable crops

ITHACA, N.Y. – A tiny mite is causing major problems for New York’s honeybee population and is threatening the fruit and vegetable crops that are a major part of the state’s agriculture industry. The varroa mite is a common parasite that weakens honeybee colonies by feeding on bee blood and fat stores, and transmitting deadly […]

Ultrashort-pulse fiber laser reaches unprecedented performance at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have engineered a new kind of environmentally-stable fiber laser that generates high-power ultrashort light pulses, opening new possibilities and applications for the fiber source. The fiber laser produced approximately 50-nJ and 40-fs pulses, which yield a peak power of one megawatt, an order of magnitude higher than that of […]

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the year 2100, 2 billion people – about one-fifth of the world’s population – could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University research. “We’re going to have […]

Climate change label leads to climate science acceptance

ITHACA, N.Y. – On the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a new Cornell University study finds that labels matter when it comes to acceptance of climate science. The U.S. public doubts the existence of “global warming” more than it doubts “climate change” – […]

Name that tasty table grape, new from Cornell

Media note: Photographs and short videos of the grape can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/grapesCALS. ITHACA, N.Y. – Big on flavor, aroma and size, Cornell University’s newest grape lacks one defining feature: a name. Grape breeder Bruce Reisch spent years developing the grape, and now he’s offering the public the chance to name it. Currently dubbed NY98.0228.02, […]

Cornell University and the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards program

Statement from Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina: “We applaud Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for making access to higher education a leading issue this legislative session, and Cornell is pleased to partner with the state in making even more financial aid available to income-eligible New York state resident students. “In-state students attending one […]