To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united

ITHACA, N.Y. – For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring – the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A […]

Gravitational waves announcement ushers in new era of multi-messenger astronomy

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves in addition to light, from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. Cornell University physicists and experts, who played a vital role in validating the detection of […]

Shape-shifting octopus inspires 3-D morphing material

Media Note: Videos of the morphing materials can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/3dtexture. An interview and demonstration of engineering professor Rob Shepherd explaining the new work can also be viewed on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University engineering and physics team is using the octopus as inspiration for a method to morph flat […]

First time on Earth: Golden Record cover for Voyager mission on display

WHAT:          Three events to commemorate 40th anniversary of the historic Voyager mission – including new multi-media exhibit showcasing never-publicly displayed Golden Record cover, presentation by scientists who worked on Voyager mission, and screening of the final episode of Carl Sagan’s documentary television series, “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.” WHEN:          Oct. 19, 20 and 21 […]

Nobel winner linked human psychology to economic behavior

University of Chicago professor and former Cornell University academic Richard Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Science on Monday for his contribution in the field of behavioral economics. Tom Gilovich, professor of psychology at Cornell, also works in the field of behavioral economics and is a close associate of Thaler. He comments on […]

Discrimination more likely when resources are scarce

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the height of the Great Recession, psychologist Amy Krosch noticed a troubling trend: people of color seemed to be getting much harder hit than the white population on a number of socioeconomic indicators. She wondered whether something about the psychological effects of economic scarcity might be making pre-recession racial disparities even worse. […]

Cornell physicists honored to play vital role in validating detection of gravitational waves

This morning, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 to physicists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne, for “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” In this video, Kip Thorne talks about the detection of gravitational waves as a guest speaker […]

Kasich’s comments on GOP reflect two-party predicament

  Over the weekend Ohio governor and former republican candidate John Kasich hinted he may decide to withdraw support from his own party, should the GOP fail to “fix” itself and continue its current trajectory towards the far-right. Cornell experts comment on Kasich’s remark and offer their take on the well-being of the two-party system. […]

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 […]