Carl Sagan Institute director talks Voyager Mission, 40 years later

Voyager 1 and 2 will reach 40 years of operation and exploration later this month and in early September. Despite their distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily and are still exploring the final frontier. Lisa Kaltenegger is the director of the Carl Sagan Institute and professor of astronomy in the College of Arts […]

Seize the day: Solar eclipses will one day be a thing of the past

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the U.S., starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. It’s been nearly a century since a total solar eclipse touched both U.S. coasts. So how predictable are events like the Great American Eclipse? Phillip Nicholson, an astronomy professor at Cornell University who studies the […]

Serious headwinds as Dow Jones passes 22,000 mark

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 22,000-point mark for the first time in its history. Andrew Karolyi, professor of asset management and finance at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, recently authored a paper about the shrinking number of exchange-listed firms in the U.S. He says that today’s milestone should prompt […]

Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life

  Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life   A new paper published today on “Science Advances” provides the first indisputable evidence of the presence of a molecule – acrylonitrile –  on Titan which Cornell University researchers theorized could be key to life on the methane-based, oxygen-free moon of Saturn. Chemical and biological […]

Here’s how Hyperloop technology will transform transportation

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk made headlines this week when he tweeted that he’d received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop between New York and Washington D.C., with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Professor Rick Geddes is the founding director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy at Cornell University. Geddes also serves on the […]

Ice sheet break just the tip of catastrophic climate conditions to come

The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is soon set to lose an enormous iceberg, more than 2,000 square miles in area and more than 600 feet thick. Charles H. Greene is a professor of Earth and Atmospheric sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a fellow at the Atkinson […]

Tracing a lethal legacy: Lead poisoning in NYS bald eagles

The American bald eagle has made a successful comeback since their numbers dwindled due to human pressures in the early 1900s. However, the charismatic national bird continues to be threatened by another human-driven cause: lead. Dr. Krysten Schuler, wildlife disease ecologist with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s New York State Animal Health Diagnostic […]

Weather and food: Cornell experts dish out tips for July 4th

Millions of Americans will hit the road for the beach, mountains or a simple backyard barbecue or picnic this holiday weekend. Samantha Borisoff, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says hot temperatures with a possibly of thunderstorms are in the forecast. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/research.cfm?netid=sgh58 Borisoff says: “Will it rain on your […]

India’s tax overhaul to transform agricultural industry

On Saturday, India will start implementing a new, streamlined tax system – the Goods & Service Tax (GST) – which unifies the country’s tax code, making it easier to do business across state lines and internationally. The law also aims at increasing transparency in a system long-plagued by inefficiency. Cornell University economist Prabhu Pingali directs the Tata-Cornell Institute […]

Upstate New York ride-hailing drives gig economy

Starting today, Uber and Lyft can operate in Upstate New York, including large cities like Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Rochester. While legislators allowed the expansion of ride-hailing companies in the region, counties reserve the right to opt-out should issues arise. Louis Hyman, professor of history and labor at Cornell University and expert on the gig […]