Despite a great grip, geckos sometimes slip

ITHACA, N.Y. – Geckos climb vertically up trees, walls and even windows, thanks to pads on the digits of their feet that employ a huge number of tiny bristles and hooks. Scientists have long marveled at the gecko’s adhesive capabilities, which have been described as 100 times more than what is needed to support their […]

Drought conditions dry up hope for bright colors

Karl Niklas, Cornell University professor of plant biology whose research focuses on the relationship between plants and the physical environment, predicts the beauty of the 2016 fall foliage season will all depend on where you are in New York state. Bio: https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/people/karl-niklas Niklas says: “Our record drought will have a significant and negative affect on Autumn […]

Fall colors above average this year

Karl Niklas, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of plant biology, focuses on the relationship between plants and the physical environment, predicts the 2015 fall season will be filled with beautiful, vibrant colors despite the lack of rainfall.   Niklas says: “Autumn coloration will be average or perhaps better than average this year. “Leaf coloration depends […]