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 […]

Wave of violence against Jewish communities is massive, sudden and new

Threats of violence aimed at Jewish centers continue in cities nationwide, triggering evacuations and widespread safety concerns. Jonathan Boyarin, director of Jewish Studies and professor in the departments of Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, says threats like the one made at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn today are coming in an America […]

El hidrógeno volcánico estimula las posibilidades de hallar vida exoplanetaria

ITHACA, N.Y. – Quizás sea más fácil ahora encontrar exoplanetas habitables. Astrónomos de la Universidad de Cornell publican un nuevo estudio indicando que los volcanes podrían estimular las posibilidades de encontrar la vida extraterrestre en muchos planetas por todo el cosmos. Planetas ubicados lejos de su estrella tienden a congelarse. “En planetas congelados, cualquier vida […]

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 […]