NAFTA negotiations may hinge on dairy dispute

Dairy supply management has emerged as a singular turning point in negotiations over NAFTA. The issue is a complicated one, fueled by strong feelings on both sides of the border, and may ultimately end up sundering NAFTA altogether says Andrew Novakovic, an expert in dairy markets and professor of agricultural economics at the Charles H. […]

Non-Disclosure laws cover up decades of sexual harassment

Over the past few weeks dozens of women have come forward with accounts of sexual harassments or assaults by famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The allegations shed light on the widespread use of confidential agreement and internal arbitration systems – in Hollywood and other industries – to settle disputes and keep abuses out of the […]

Paris and Oxford plan to ban polluting cars — and mayors worldwide are paying attention

Paris policymakers want to ban all gasoline and diesel-powered cars from the City of Light by 2030. City council members in Oxford, England are pursuing a similar measure, with a plan to make their city the first zero-emission city in Britain by 2035. The proposals represent a bold policy approach to reducing carbon emissions and […]

Pedestrians pose problems for self-driving cars in NYC

General Motors plans to become the first company to test self-driving cars in New York City. Bart Selman, an expert on artificial intelligence technology and professor of computer science at Cornell University, says the GM announcement illustrates the fast pace of artificial intelligence development – and will serve to accelerate the introduction of more self-driving […]

Protectionist food aid shipping rules waste money, cost lives

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled to discuss ways to reform the Food for Peace Program, an international aid program introduced by President Eisenhower in 1954 which has developed to reach tens of millions of people in food-insecure regions every year. Economist Christopher Barrett, who is author of the award-winning Food Aid After Fifty […]

Gravitational waves announcement ushers in new era of multi-messenger astronomy

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves in addition to light, from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. Cornell University physicists and experts, who played a vital role in validating the detection of […]

Netflix investors: When will revenue match content spending?

Netflix will report earnings for the third quarter after the market closes on Monday, Oct. 16. The company has been overspending his competitors in recent years and bought a staggering $22 billion in new content since 2014. While the expansion is crucial to Netflix’s aspiration to build a world-class digital library, Drew Pascarella, lecturer of […]

Here’s why Girl Scouts shouldn’t feel threatened by new Boy Scouts ruling

The Boy Scouts of America has announced plans to admit girls starting next year, and to establish a new program for older girls. In a strongly worded statement, the Girl Scouts of the USA condemned the Boy Scouts move to include girls, telling news outlets that “instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement […]

Wildfires fed by outdated forestry practices, climate change

Forestry expert and Cornell Cooperative Extension Associate Mark C. Whitmore grew up in the Western United States and conducted forestry research in the area impacted by this week’s California fires. Whitmore says fire is a natural part of those ecosystems, but past forestry practices coupled with climate change serve to intensify the severity of such […]

Post mortem of Chicago’s repealed soda tax

This week, the Cook County’s Board of Commissioners voted to repeal their tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a vote of 15-1. This is the latest twist in a multi-year back-and-forth battle between soda tax advocates and opponents. John Cawley, professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, is studying the impact of the soda […]