Climate change label leads to climate science acceptance

ITHACA, N.Y. – On the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a new Cornell University study finds that labels matter when it comes to acceptance of climate science. The U.S. public doubts the existence of “global warming” more than it doubts “climate change” – […]

In a cosmic hit-and-run, icy Saturn moon may have flipped

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Enceladus. ITHACA, N.Y. – Enceladus – a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn –  may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA’s Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell University, the University of Texas and […]

Grab your shades – NASA’S Solar Probe Plus to show incredible detail

NASA is expected to make an announcement about the agency’s first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere on May 31. The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018. Jonathan Lunine is the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University and has served on […]

In brain evolution, size matters – most of the time

ITHACA, N.Y. – Which came first, overall bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specialized behaviors? Neuroscientists have debated this question for decades, but a new Cornell University study settles the score. The study reports that though vertebrate brains differ in size, composition and abilities, evolution of overall brain size accounts for most of […]

Ann Druyan to introduce famed UK astronomer at lecture exploring Earth’s future

WHAT:          The first Carl Sagan Distinguished Lecture will feature the United Kingdom’s Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, to talk about Earth’s vulnerabilities, possibilities and future. Ann Druyan, an Emmy and Peabody-award winning science communicator and Carl Sagan Institute board member, will speak ahead of Rees at the event. WHEN:          Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. […]

It’s too early to mourn Cassini, the quintessential discovery machine

On April 26, Cassini will start a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Jonathan Lunine, is the director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and has worked on a variety of aspects of the Cassini mission, including the radar […]

Scholars call bull on bull sculptor stomping ‘Fearless Girl’

Artist Arturo Di Modica, the man who sculpted Wall Street’s iconic “Charging Bull”, has been outspoken in his disapproval of the new “Fearless Girl” statue and has asked the city to remove it. Kate Harding, the assistant director of the Cornell University Women’s Resource Center and author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of […]

Trump out of his league in meeting with Xi

The heads of the world’s two largest economies are scheduled to meet this weekend to face-off on a range of issues – from trade to North Korea’s provocations. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says Trump’s glaring inconsistent approach to China coupled with his lack of vision and […]

Breakthrough telescope to map origins of stars, galaxies and the ‘cosmic dawn’

Media Note: Telescope renderings and additional information can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/CCATProject.   ITHACA, N.Y. – A unique and powerful telescope capable of mapping the sky at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths is headed to South America. With a slated completion date of 2021, the 6-meter aperture telescope, Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p), will […]

Samsung S8: Expect bells and whistles, but battery is key

Samsung is expected to reveal the new Galaxy S8 phone on March 29. Hector Abruña, the director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University and an expert on lithium ion batteries, says battery safety needs to be Samsung’s main priority as the company introduces new phones, like the S8. He’s available for comment after […]