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 […]

Cornell sheds high-energy X-ray light on Caterpillar’s welding technique

ITHACA, N.Y. – Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. partnered with Cornell University’s Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to test Caterpillar’s computer modeling and improve the firm’s welding technique. The Illinois-based corporation is the first industry user for one of CHESS’s newest initiatives: InSitµ@CHESS, a center that provides user support for structural-materials analysis using CHESS’s […]

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame. Because of its topographic complexity, the new atlas delivers critical […]

Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life

  Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life   A new paper published today on “Science Advances” provides the first indisputable evidence of the presence of a molecule – acrylonitrile –  on Titan which Cornell University researchers theorized could be key to life on the methane-based, oxygen-free moon of Saturn. Chemical and biological […]

Ultrashort-pulse fiber laser reaches unprecedented performance at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have engineered a new kind of environmentally-stable fiber laser that generates high-power ultrashort light pulses, opening new possibilities and applications for the fiber source. The fiber laser produced approximately 50-nJ and 40-fs pulses, which yield a peak power of one megawatt, an order of magnitude higher than that of […]