FCC’s net neutrality proposal amounts to ‘forced consumption’ for consumers

Today, federal regulators revealed a plan to roll back stricter net neutrality rules, giving Internet providers the ability to determine the websites and online services their customers can access. It will be put to a vote at the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14 meeting. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government […]

Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery

ITHACA, N.Y. – The concept of “valence” – the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging electrons – is one of the cornerstones of modern chemistry and solid-state physics. Valence controls crucial properties of molecules and materials, including their bonding, crystal structure, and electronic and magnetic properties. Four decades ago, […]

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 […]

A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick

ITHACA, N.Y. – A seasonal flu shot is a bit like a local weather forecast: Based on the conditions elsewhere and the direction of the prevailing wind, a meteorologist can give the public a pretty good idea of what to expect in the near future. Experts who track influenza’s intercontinental travels basically do the same […]

Center for Materials Research’s NSF funding extended, increased

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Center for Materials Research – which through research and education is enhancing national capabilities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and materials research at all levels – has been has been granted $23.2 million for the next six years from the National Science Foundation. The funding represents a 26 percent increase over the […]

Cornell to launch new maker-themed website at 2017 World Maker Faire in Queens

WHAT:          Official launch of new maker-themed, STEM website designed by Cornell University engineers for middle and high school students at the 2017 World Maker Faire WHEN:          Sept. 23 and 24 WHERE:        New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens MEDIA:         Media members requesting interviews or more information should contact Daryl Lovell in […]

Mexico earthquake severity tied to depth, unstable soils

More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Geoffrey Abers is a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake seismology to understand the forces, material cycles, and deep structure of the Earth. He says the proximity of the Cocos plate to large population centers made […]

Engineering team images tiny quasicrystals as they form

When Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman first saw a quasicrystal through his microscope in 1982, he reportedly thought to himself, “Eyn chaya kazo” – Hebrew for, “There can be no such creature.” But there is, and the quasicrystal has become a subject of much research in the 35 years since Shechtman’s Nobel Prize-winning discovery. What makes […]

Mechanisms found to explain atypical femoral fractures

ITHACA, N.Y. – There is no disputing that the use of bisphosphonates – with brand names such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast – is proven to combat bone loss and fragility fractures in millions of osteoporosis patients for whom a fracture could be debilitating, even life-threatening. But there is a caveat: Prolonged use of these […]

$9M grant will create neurotech research hub at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – As neuroscientists examine challenging questions about the complexities of the central nervous system, new tools to be developed at Cornell University will provide them with an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the brain thanks to a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will establish the […]