Dreamers communities stand to lose in DACA bargain

As Congress nears a deadline next week to approve a new budget or budget extension, the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hangs in the balance. In September, the Trump administration discontinued the program, which has granted residence and work permits to about 690,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United […]

Tips to keep pets happy and healthy this holiday season

As we move into the holiday season Leni Kaplan, a companion animal veterinarian at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides preparation tips and advice to help keep your furry friends safe and healthy. Bio: https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/research-departments/faculty/leni-k-kaplan-dvm-ms Kaplan says: Dangerous decorations “Keep your pet from chewing or ingesting ornaments, holiday lights, electric wires, and ribbons […]

Beijing mass evictions reveal regime’s moral vacuum

Authorities in Beijing have started an extensive 40-day campaign to inspect and demolish cheap housing in the city’s outskirts and forcibly evict residents, mostly migrant workers communities. The crackdown comes after a recent fire killed 19 people in an apartment building in Daxing district, a blue-collar area of Beijing inhabited for the most part by […]

Why the future of clean energy storage lies in hydrogen

As renewable sources of energy like wind and solar gain traction, scientists and engineers are eyeing new ways to store that energy in a cost-efficient manner — laying the groundwork for a future in which renewables rival fossil fuels in powering our homes and vehicles. Paul Mutolo, a chemist and director of External Partnerships for […]

Five steps to protect your privacy ahead of Supreme Court cell phone tracking case

Should police have to get a search warrant to access cell site location information that is routinely collected and stored by wireless companies? Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the issue. The case, Carpenter v. United States, is likely to have major consequences for law enforcement and personal privacy. Eliza Bettinger, the […]

Northeast raw milk sales prompt warnings of inherent risks

The Centers for Disease Control, along with health officials in New York and New Jersey, are warning consumers about the risks of drinking raw milk and raw-milk products in the wake of reports that a New Jersey resident became ill from the germ Brucella RB51 after drinking raw milk. Nicole Martin, associate director of the […]

Choose local, preserve and re-plant: Your guide to the perfect Christmas tree

As the search for the perfect Christmas tree begins, three Cornell University experts who work closely with New York Christmas tree producers offer advice for picking, preserving and eventually re-planting the perfect tree. In addition, New York state agriculture commissioner Richard A. Ball is encouraging families buy trees locally and support tree growers across the […]

Despite stalemate, Merkel’s twilight is still not in sight

  Germany is locked in a political stalemate after coalition talks failed and the liberal Free Democrats announced its withdrawal from the negotiations. If the impasse continues, Angela Merkel – who was voted in to form a government in September – may have to trigger snap elections. Mona Krewel, an assistant professor of government at […]

Oil development at Arctic Refuge would forever alter sensitive ecosystems

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 13-10 this month to approve a bill that would allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The measure will be added to the Senate’s tax-reform package that is expected to be put to a vote before the end of […]

FCC’s net neutrality proposal amounts to ‘forced consumption’ for consumers

Today, federal regulators revealed a plan to roll back stricter net neutrality rules, giving Internet providers the ability to determine the websites and online services their customers can access. It will be put to a vote at the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14 meeting. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government […]