Cornell mathematician’s study of ‘swarmalators’ could direct future science

ITHACA, N.Y. – How does the Japanese tree frog figure into the latest work of noted mathematician Steven Strogatz? As it turns out, quite prominently. “We had read about these funny frogs that hop around and croak,” said Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics. “They form patterns in space and time. Usually […]

Astronomers see clash of ‘titan’ galaxies – 13 billion years ago

ITHACA, N.Y. – A pair of massive, hyper-luminous galaxies are merging in front of astronomer’s eyes for the first time and revealing secrets of cosmic creation. “Discovering a hyper-luminous starburst galaxy is an extraordinary feat, but discovering two – this close to each other – is amazing,” said Dominik Riechers, assistant professor of astronomy and […]

Scientific database arXiv reaches billionth download milestone

ITHACA, N.Y. – The scientific pre-print database arXiv.org has surpassed 1 billion downloads. The online repository started 26 years ago as an electronic bulletin board on one computer, and has grown into an essential resource for physicists and mathematicians around the world. Since its founding, arXiv has sped the pace of scientific discovery, inspired similar […]

To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united

ITHACA, N.Y. – For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring – the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A […]

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 […]

Shape-shifting octopus inspires 3-D morphing material

Media Note: Videos of the morphing materials can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/3dtexture. An interview and demonstration of engineering professor Rob Shepherd explaining the new work can also be viewed on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University engineering and physics team is using the octopus as inspiration for a method to morph flat […]

300 Brooklyn students to experiment with ‘Incredible Wearables’ at technology event

WHAT:          4-H National Youth Science Day to engage 100,000 students nationwide, including 300-plus at a Brooklyn elementary school through hands-on engineering challenge involving wearable technology WHEN:          Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE:        Public School 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY VISUALS:     300­ – 400 elementary students (grades 4-8) designing and […]

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 […]

Cassini’s mission revolutionized understanding of outer solar system

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft only has a few days left before its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. On Sept. 15, Cassini will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending science data for as long as it can, and then melt and break apart. Alexander Hayes is an assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University. Hayes is […]

Chemists use electrochemistry to amp up drug manufacturing

ITHACA, N.Y. – Give your medicine a jolt. By using electrochemistry, future pharmaceuticals – including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States – soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way. Currently, making pharmaceuticals involves creating complex organic molecules that require several chemical steps and intense […]