Far-right likely to enter German parliament, but remain isolated

On Sunday, Germans will be headed to the polls to elect a new federal government ultimately determine the country’s next chancellor. Mona Krewel is an assistant professor of government at Cornell University, an expert on elections and campaigning in Europe and author of the recently published book “Modernization of German Election Campaigns?” She is confident […]

Cassini’s mission revolutionized understanding of outer solar system

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft only has a few days left before its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. On Sept. 15, Cassini will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending science data for as long as it can, and then melt and break apart. Alexander Hayes is an assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University. Hayes is […]

Floods in Texas chemical plant unlikely to cause toxic water, air

Emergency officials continue to fight fires at an Arkema plant near Houston, that was flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey. Containers of chemicals stored at the plant caught fire today, and company officials expect other containers to do the same. Brett Fors, assistant professor in Cornell University’s Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology, works extensively with […]

FARC congress brings rebels to politics, strengthens Colombia’s democracy

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are holding a historic congress in Bogota this week to determine the political fate of the demobilized guerrilla organization. Gustavo Flores-Macias, a professor of government at Cornell University and author of the book “After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America”, says that while much is […]

Confederate symbols on campuses inflict psychic violence today

What place do Confederate statues and symbols have in society today? The question has triggered national debate and continues to fuel political clashes across the country. Riché Richardson, associate professor of African American literature at Cornell University, researches the public dialogue about controversial symbols, including lingering Confederate symbolism. Richardson says the display of Confederate monuments […]

Carl Sagan Institute director talks Voyager Mission, 40 years later

Voyager 1 and 2 will reach 40 years of operation and exploration later this month and in early September. Despite their distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily and are still exploring the final frontier. Lisa Kaltenegger is the director of the Carl Sagan Institute and professor of astronomy in the College of Arts […]

Chemists use electrochemistry to amp up drug manufacturing

ITHACA, N.Y. – Give your medicine a jolt. By using electrochemistry, future pharmaceuticals – including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States – soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way. Currently, making pharmaceuticals involves creating complex organic molecules that require several chemical steps and intense […]

Seize the day: Solar eclipses will one day be a thing of the past

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the U.S., starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. It’s been nearly a century since a total solar eclipse touched both U.S. coasts. So how predictable are events like the Great American Eclipse? Phillip Nicholson, an astronomy professor at Cornell University who studies the […]

Aye group discovers avenue for precision cancer treatment

ITHACA, N.Y. – One of the goals of personalized medicine is to be able to determine which treatment would work best by sequencing a patient’s genome. New research from the lab of Yimon Aye, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, could help make that approach a reality. Using her group’s novel chemical procedure dubbed “T-REX,” […]

Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids’ schools

ITHACA, N.Y. – Children whose parents have spent time behind bars have worse social, economic, cognitive, behavior and health outcomes than kids whose parents haven’t. But researchers know less about why that is. A Cornell University sociologist and former elementary school teacher recently identified a mechanism that may explain why these kids have worse educational […]