Grab your shades – NASA’S Solar Probe Plus to show incredible detail

NASA is expected to make an announcement about the agency’s first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere on May 31. The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018. Jonathan Lunine is the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University and has served on […]

Ann Druyan to introduce famed UK astronomer at lecture exploring Earth’s future

WHAT:          The first Carl Sagan Distinguished Lecture will feature the United Kingdom’s Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, to talk about Earth’s vulnerabilities, possibilities and future. Ann Druyan, an Emmy and Peabody-award winning science communicator and Carl Sagan Institute board member, will speak ahead of Rees at the event. WHEN:          Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. […]

Cornell faculty experts join March for Science April 22

Cornell faculty members will join thousands of their counterparts April 22 as they sound a call for supporting scientific research and evidence-based policies during an historic March for Science in Washington, D.C. The following Cornell experts are attending the march and are available for comment: Sarah Davidson Evanega: Science is the great giver Evanega is […]

Cosmic source found for mysterious ‘fast radio burst’

Cornell University researchers and a global team of astronomers have uncovered the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating milliseconds-long “fast radio burst.” Once thinking these bursts had emanated from within the Milky Way galaxy, or from cosmic neighbors, the astronomers now confirm that they are long-distance flashes from across the universe – more than 3 […]

Chances are jumping spiders can hear what you’re saying from far away

Media Note: To view and download images and a video related to this research, visit https://cornell.box.com/v/spiders. You can also see the video on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – While jumping spiders are known to have great vision, a new Cornell University study proves for the first time that spiders can hear at a distance. The discovery […]

300 Brooklyn students to build and fly drones at national science event

WHAT: 4-H National Youth Science Day to engage 100,000 students nationwide, including 300+ at Brooklyn elementary school through STEM and Drone Discovery Day activities WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Public School 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY VISUALS: 300-400 elementary students (grades 4-8) building, testing and flying simulated drones inside […]

NSF grant to fund entrepreneurial growth, innovation

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Upstate New York Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation – a partnership of Cornell University, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester – has been awarded $4.2 million from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program to lead entrepreneurship and commercialization support programs targeted at the scientific community through […]

Cornell experts applaud House passing GMO labeling bill which President is expected to sign

David Just and Harry Kaiser are both professors in Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, part of the College of Business. Just is a professor of behavioral economics who has testified on Capitol Hill about agricultural biotechnology and engaged with the media on the need to avoid injecting unnecessary alarm into GMO […]

Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute director available to comment on Kepler announcement

NASA officials are expected to announce the latest discoveries of the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, is available to comment on the announcement. Bio: http://astro.cornell.edu/members/lisa-kaltenegger.html       For interviews contact: Daryl Lovell Office: […]

Made better through science: calcite tuned to be mollusk-tough

ITHACA, N.Y. – No self-respecting construction engineer would ever choose pure calcite – a weak, brittle mineral found in chalk – as a building material. But what if you could somehow strengthen calcite by a factor of two or more, the way a mollusk has done through the evolutionary process to protect itself from sharp-toothed […]