Demise of Sears tears fabric of consumer culture

Lawrence Glickman, professor of history at Cornell University and an expert in American consumerism, says that up until the 1970s Sears – which this week acknowledged the possibility of bankruptcy – has been a key component in American economic culture.  Bio: http://history.cornell.edu/lawrence-b-glickman   Glickman says: “The demise of Sears would be a hugely important loss to […]

New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 million tons of plastic used for packaging – for example, a 2-liter bottle or a take-out food container – actually gets recycled and re-used […]

Sagan Institute director explains what life could be like near Trappist-1

Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, and director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, explains why NASA’s discovery is exciting and what life might look like on the seven Earth-like planets discovered near Trappist-1 – planets likely to have very high ultraviolet radiation flux on […]

Sagan Institute director available to offer insight into new NASA exoplanet research

On Wednesday, NASA will hold a news conference that is expected to present new findings related to planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets. Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, will be available to offer independent insight into the research findings. Kaltenegger is […]

Trump, Netanyahu: Two leaders on shaky domestic ground

Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, says that Trump and Netanyahu – scheduled to meet at the White House on Wednesday – are both facing serious international challenges while on shaky domestic ground and the interplay between them is likely to be as […]

Drone policy under Trump to follow Obama trajectory

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert in international security and use of drones, says that under Trump’s leadership, CIA chief Mike Pompeo is likely to continue drone policy established by the Obama administration. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/sarah-kreps   Kreps says:  “Trump has given us no reason to think that his policies on drones would […]

Saturn’s bulging core implies moons younger than thought

ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshly harvested data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveals that the ringed planet’s moons may be younger than previously thought. “All of these Cassini mission measurements are changing our view of the Saturnian system, as it turns our old theories upside down,” said Radwan Tajeddine, Cornell University research associate in astronomy and a […]

The ‘Taiwan card’ is bound to backfire spectacularly

Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government and author of “Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations” says that by hinting at Taiwan as an independent government, Trump is jeopardizing China-U.S. relations on the one topic over which Beijing is likely to retaliate.  Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/jessica-chen-weiss   Weiss says: “Playing the so-called ‘Taiwan card’ to pressure […]

Colombian civil war lasted long after ideologies were lost

Kenneth Roberts professor of government at Cornell University and expert in Latin American politics says that the Colombian peace agreement may bring an end to Latin America’s longest-lived – and sole remaining – civil war.  Biography: http://government.cornell.edu/kenneth-roberts   Roberts says: “A relic of the Cold War, Colombia’s civil war long ago lost most of its political […]

Fear of Trump’s authoritarianism ‘overblown’

Andrew Little, professor of government at Cornell University and expert on authoritarian regimes, says Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric – such as his recent Tweet suggesting he would revoke citizenship for flag burning – doesn’t translate into an imminent threat to American democracy. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/andrew-thomas-little   Little says: “Although some of Donald Trump’s rhetoric sounds familiar to those […]