Titan topographic map unearths cookie-cutter holes in moon’s surface

Media Note: Images of the topographic maps of Titan can be viewed and downloaded at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17031. Video can be found at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17656.   ITHACA, N.Y. – Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell University astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid […]

Physicists build muscle for shape-changing, cell-sized robots

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/RobotExoskeleton. You can also watch this Vimeo video about the work. ITHACA, N.Y. – An electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing machine the size of a human cell? Is that even possible? Cornell physicists Paul McEuen and Itai Cohen not only say yes, but they’ve actually built the “muscle” for one. With postdoctoral […]

Research reveals ‘shocking’ weakness of lab courses

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the new emphasis on hands-on, active learning throughout higher education, lab courses would seem to have an advantage – what could be more active than doing experiments? But surprising new research reveals traditional labs fall far short of their pedagogical goals. In a paper published Jan. 2 in Physics Today, “Introductory […]

Astronomer scores ‘Oscar of Science’ for mapping of early cosmos

ITHACA, N.Y. – Rachel Bean, professor of astronomy and senior associate dean of undergraduate education for the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, is among a team of 27 scientists who won a share of the $3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics this week. “The Breakthrough Prize was created to celebrate the achievements […]

Astronomers see clash of ‘titan’ galaxies – 13 billion years ago

ITHACA, N.Y. – A pair of massive, hyper-luminous galaxies are merging in front of astronomer’s eyes for the first time and revealing secrets of cosmic creation. “Discovering a hyper-luminous starburst galaxy is an extraordinary feat, but discovering two – this close to each other – is amazing,” said Dominik Riechers, assistant professor of astronomy and […]

Trump-Erdogan is an oft-repeated summit between rivals

Today’s scheduled meeting between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump at the White House will take place amid a general chilling of relations between the two countries. Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, likens the occasion to many summits between […]

Cornell professors comment on Trump’s presidency

  Working-class Trump supporters need better jobs, unions’ help Ileen Devault, professor of labor History at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations who studies the history of the working class in America and author of “Sons and Daughters of Labor,” explains why a key to unifying the nation must involve elevating workers into a […]

Judges should be appointed, not elected

Claire Lim, a professor of political economy at Cornell University who looks at how political environments and the design of government institutions interact with the behavior of public officials, explains why having voters choose judicial candidates based along their party line, without considering the candidates’ quality, is an outdated system. Bio: https://lim.economics.cornell.edu/ Lim says: “Elections are […]

Writer Elie Wiesel was conscience of our era

Dan Schwarz, a professor of English at Cornell University, and a long-time friend of Elie Wiesel, comments on the writer’s legacy. Bio: https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/drs6/  Schwarz says: “It is not too much to say that Elie Wiesel is the father of modern Jewish studies. At a time when discussion of the Holocaust was often avoided if not suppressed, […]

Stanford rape case highlights misogyny in society

Kate Manne, an assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University, studies moral and feminist philosophy. Her upcoming book “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny,” analyzes misogyny in contemporary American society. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time Literary Supplement, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Huffington Post. Manne says that the Stanford rape […]