Brooklyn makeathon challenges students to develop assistive technology for people with disabilities

WHAT:          More than 180 engineers, coders and developers to create physical protoypes of assistive technology for people with disabilities at three-day makeathon event WHEN:          Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23 WHERE:        New Lab at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 19 Morris Avenue, Brooklyn MEDIA:         The event is open to the media. Reporters are asked […]

Samsung S8: Expect bells and whistles, but battery is key

Samsung is expected to reveal the new Galaxy S8 phone on March 29. Hector Abruña, the director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University and an expert on lithium ion batteries, says battery safety needs to be Samsung’s main priority as the company introduces new phones, like the S8. He’s available for comment after […]

Surveillance leak first of many without system overhaul

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents this week, detailing tools the CIA allegedly uses to hack into smartphones, computers and other electronic devices. Fred Schneider is a Cornell University computer science professor who researches trustworthy computing and public policy, and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Working Group at Cornell. Schneider cautions that without the investment in more-secure systems, […]

App helps assess disease severity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new iPad app, called Estimate, connects plant professionals with a portable database of photographs of diseased leaves to help determine plant disease severity.   Media note: Photographs of the app can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/PlantApp.   Estimate relies on Standard Area Diagrams (SADs), a series of photographs of diseased leaves, with each […]

H1-B visa overhaul robs US of future tech leaders

Greg Morrisett, dean of Cornell University’s Computing and Information Science, says Trump’s immigration policies hinder high-skilled workers’ entry into the country and will affect creation of future STEM jobs. Bio: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~jgm/   Morrisett says: “Steve Jobs’s father immigrated from Syria. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, immigrated from India. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, immigrated from […]

Citizen-science pioneer, Project FeederWatch soars into 30th year

Media note: Two audio clips featuring conversations with citizen scientists and the founder of Project FeederWatch, as well as additional graphics can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ProjectFeederWatch ITHACA, N.Y. – This winter, Project FeederWatch – a citizen-science program where participants track birds visiting their backyard feeders from November to April – celebrates its 30th anniversary. The […]

Robot enthusiasts coming to Cornell to connect to robotics community

WHAT: Roboticists gather for two-day robotic showcase, research meeting, and job fair WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 30 WHERE: Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University MEDIA: The event is open to the public, but registration is required. Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 […]

Space technology to jump light-years ahead thanks to ExoMars mission

Mason Peck, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, former NASA Chief Technologist and co-author of three books on planetary exploration and spacecraft mechanisms, says while the ExoMars mission will advance space technology needed to put humans on Mars, the mission to sustain an economy beyond Earth still faces financial hurdles. Bio: http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=mp336 […]

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 […]

Samsung’s battery woes began with a thinner ‘club sandwich’

In an announcement Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Officials fear the mobile devices – specifically the phone’s battery – pose a serious fire hazard. Hector Abruña, the director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University and an expert on lithium ion batteries, says […]