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 […]

MASH star will share his passion for science communication with Cornell

WHAT: Actor, director and writer Alan Alda will deliver a free, public lecture, “Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science”, on the best ways to communicate science work, ideas and concepts WHEN: Monday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members […]

Cornell-Swiss study finds protein with power to improve heart function

ITHACA, N.Y. – The human heart is a remarkable muscle, beating more than 2 billion times over the average life span. But the heart’s efficiency can decrease over time. One major contributor to this decreased function is cardiac hypertrophy – a thickening of the heart muscle, resulting in a decrease in the size of the […]