Gender hierarchies persist online despite more female entrepreneurs

ITHACA, N.Y. – Self-employed women working in digital creative industries such as blogging or marketing feel compelled to conduct business online in a traditionally feminine way, according to a new Cornell University study. This includes maintaining social media personas that display modesty, sociality and “an aura of decorum” – the same restrictions that often apply […]

Set strawberry alarm clock for post-apple bloom

Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do can reap a better harvest, according to new Cornell University research. When apple trees blossom, the sheer abundance of flowers attracts most of the pollinators, which not only leaves fewer bees for other nearby crops such as strawberries, but also lowers their yields. But […]

Biochar provides high-definition electron pathways in soil

ITHACA, N.Y. – All plants need electrons to aid biological and chemical tasks. Cornell University scientists have discovered a new high-definition system that allows electrons to travel through soil farther and more efficiently than previously thought. “Microorganisms need electrons for everything they do. If they consume nutrients or spew out methane or expel carbon dioxide […]

Capitol Hill’s alumni networks attract influence, PAC money

ITHACA, N.Y. – The old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has long fueled the parental drive for children to attend Ivy League schools. But it turns out where you went to school is less important than who else went to the same school – at least, if you’re in Congress. […]

Researchers unlock genetic clues to help grapes survive winter

Months before northern vineyards burst into their lush summer peak, the delicate grape buds holding the nascent fruit in its tiny core must first withstand the freezing onslaught of winter. Understanding how grape buds respond to subzero temperatures is of paramount concern to vineyard managers in New York and other northerly grape-producing states. Horticulturists have […]

Brain changes make some older adults more vulnerable to scams

ITHACA, N.Y. – Older adults who have been scammed by friends, relatives or strangers seem to behave just like elders who have avoided rip-offs. They are able to balance their checkbooks. They can remember and evaluate information. Their personalities are normal, and their arithmetic is fine. But their brains are different. For the first time, […]

Cornell GPS receiver hitches a ride to space to find scientific ‘gold nuggets’

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers have developed a new piece of technology to study charged particles in the plasma of space, on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere – known as “space weather.” These particles affect the performance of communications and navigation satellites. To study conditions in the ionosphere, a band between 50 and 600 […]

Two radio signals, one chip, open a new world for wireless communication

Media Note: Photos and a PDF copy of the paper can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/radiochip.   ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers have devised a method for transmitting and receiving radio signals on a single chip, which could ultimately help change the way wireless communication is done. Separating the send and receive bands is difficult […]

Pro-pot arguments fly higher with likely voters

Four states legalized recreational marijuana in November, nearly doubling the number of states where recreational pot is legal. As more states consider joining them, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. But which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? It’s the arguments that support legalization, according […]

App helps assess disease severity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new iPad app, called Estimate, connects plant professionals with a portable database of photographs of diseased leaves to help determine plant disease severity.   Media note: Photographs of the app can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/PlantApp.   Estimate relies on Standard Area Diagrams (SADs), a series of photographs of diseased leaves, with each […]