Here’s how Hyperloop technology will transform transportation

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk made headlines this week when he tweeted that he’d received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop between New York and Washington D.C., with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Professor Rick Geddes is the founding director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy at Cornell University. Geddes also serves on the […]

Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The researchers created electro-spun carbon nanofiber electrodes and coated them with a conductive polymer, called PEDOT, to compete with carbon cloth electrodes available on the market. When the PEDOT coating is applied, […]

Cornell University and the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards program

Statement from Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina: “We applaud Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for making access to higher education a leading issue this legislative session, and Cornell is pleased to partner with the state in making even more financial aid available to income-eligible New York state resident students. “In-state students attending one […]

VIDEO: New fabric coating protects your clothes, and the environment

Media Note: See a demonstration video and hear from professors Emmanuel Giannelis and Jintu Fan, at https://cornell.box.com/v/treatedfabric or on the Media Relations YouTube page. ITHACA, N.Y. – When you spill pasta sauce on your favorite shirt but there is no trace of it after being washed, you can thank oleophobicity, a resistance to oil commonly […]

Raising NYC cigarette prices will ignite illegal street sales

The New York City Council’s Health Committee is scheduled to review a series of bills designed to curb smoking on April 27. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several proposals this month, including a plan to raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes to $13, the highest in the nation. Don Kenkel, professor of […]

Brain changes make some older adults more vulnerable to scams

ITHACA, N.Y. – Older adults who have been scammed by friends, relatives or strangers seem to behave just like elders who have avoided rip-offs. They are able to balance their checkbooks. They can remember and evaluate information. Their personalities are normal, and their arithmetic is fine. But their brains are different. For the first time, […]

NYC homeless shelter expansion plan a Band-Aid, not solution

The city will square off with Crown Heights residents in court Friday morning looking to delay or stop the opening of a homeless shelter on Bergen Street. Mayor de Blasio recently announced plans to open 90 new shelters over five years, in hopes of tackling the decades-long homelessness crisis in New York City. Laura Tach, […]

450 charging stations not enough to jump start New York’s electric car movement

By April 1, New York state will begin offering a rebate of up to $2,000 for zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. Governor Cuomo has also launched a new electric vehicle campaign that includes plans to install 450 new charging stations around the state. Rick Geddes, associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and […]

Childhood poverty can rob adults of psychological health

ITHACA, N.Y. – A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. Now add poor psychological health to the list, a Cornell University researcher says. A sweeping new study, conducted by following participants over a 15-year period, is the first to show […]

Anti-vaping warnings drive people back to tobacco

Donald S. Kenkel, professor of public health economics at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, studies the effects of cigarette taxes, tobacco regulations and antismoking advertisements on public health. Kenkel says that while the public should be informed about the dangers of e-cigarettes, research suggests that such warnings may encourage more people to smoke tobacco. […]