Cosmic source found for mysterious ‘fast radio burst’

Cornell University researchers and a global team of astronomers have uncovered the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating milliseconds-long “fast radio burst.” Once thinking these bursts had emanated from within the Milky Way galaxy, or from cosmic neighbors, the astronomers now confirm that they are long-distance flashes from across the universe – more than 3 […]

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 […]

Buying experiences makes you more grateful, generous

Media note: Please find a copy of Jesse Walker, Amit Kumar, and Thomas Gilovich’s paper “Cultivating Gratitude and Giving Through Experiential Consumption” here. ITHACA, N.Y. – On Thanksgiving, many of us take a moment to reflect on what we’re grateful for — and we get notable rewards for doing so. Feeling gratitude leads to important […]

Cornell president, dean, former Justice colleague praise Class of ’60 member Janet Reno

Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno was a member of Cornell’s Class of 1960, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences. She also was Cornell’s 2001 Senior Convocation speaker and a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 professor from 2001-04. Cornell University Interim President Hunter Rawlings, who was president […]

Duterte’s bombastic rhetoric is unexpected headache for US

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers, and represent an unexpected headache for U.S. policymakers. Bio: https://tompepinsky.com/ Pepinsky says: “Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers […]

Renzi needs the skills of Cicero to persuade voters at referendum

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced the date of a key referendum on constitutional reforms to overhaul the size and role of the Italian Senate. Barry Strauss, chair of the history department at Cornell University and author of the book The Death of Caesar, says Italians are skeptical about changing what has been a mark […]

EU should skip LNG’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ and leap to sustainable energy

As pipeline-delivered natural gas continues to be a politically unstable energy source for Europe, officials in Brussels are exploring large-scale importation of liquefied natural gas from alternative sources – including the shale gas industry in the United States. Cornell Professor Robert Howarth, an expert on the atmospheric implications of methane, COP21 delegate and author of […]

The ‘Bundy principle’ cannot prevail in Oregon standoff trial

Ammon Bundy and six of his antigovernment followers will stand trial today on charges related to their armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge earlier this year. The group was protesting what they called unconstitutional management of public land. Elizabeth Sanders, a government professor and author of “Roots of Reform: Farmers, Workers, and the American […]

A nose by any other name would sound the same, study finds

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a study that shatters a cornerstone concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking. Published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the research […]

Two events will honor Africana Center’s history Homecoming Weekend

WHAT:          Screening of Willard Straight Hall takeover documentary and dedication ceremony to honor Africana Center’s history during Homecoming Weekend WHEN:          Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. WHERE:        Willard Straight Theater (Sept. 23), 320 Wait Ave. (Sept. 24) MEDIA:         The event is free and open to the public. Media members […]