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 […]

Science says buy experiences, not things, if you’re looking for the perfect gift

As people head to shopping malls to find the perfect holiday gift, doctoral candidate in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University Amit Kumar says the perfect gift is not a material item, like an electronic gadget or article of clothing. Instead research shows experiences – like that vacation you’ve been thinking about […]

Experiences make you happier than possessions – before and after

To get the most enjoyment out of our dollar, science tells us to focus our discretionary spending on experiences such as travel over material goods. A new Cornell University study shows that the enjoyment we derive from experiential purchases may begin even before we buy. This research offers important information for individual consumers who are […]