Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change

An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change. “When making predictions about climate change, it’s […]

Cornell sheds high-energy X-ray light on Caterpillar’s welding technique

ITHACA, N.Y. – Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. partnered with Cornell University’s Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to test Caterpillar’s computer modeling and improve the firm’s welding technique. The Illinois-based corporation is the first industry user for one of CHESS’s newest initiatives: InSitµ@CHESS, a center that provides user support for structural-materials analysis using CHESS’s […]

Imaging technology reveals copper is key to meeting future food and energy needs

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/plants. ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time, Cornell University researchers are using imaging capabilities at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to explore how copper affects plant fertility. The work could provide key insights into how plants can be bred for better performance in […]

Energy-efficient accelerator was 50 years in the making

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the introduction of CBETA, the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator, Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists are following up on the concept of energy-recovering particle accelerators first introduced by physicist Maury Tigner at Cornell more than 50 years ago. CBETA tests two energy-saving technologies for accelerators: energy recovery and permanent magnets. […]

Out of the blue: Cornell X-ray finds unique fingerprint in Medieval manuscript ink

Media Note: Images of the manuscript and testing process can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/CHESSmanuscript. ITHACA, N.Y. – Analyzing pigments in medieval illuminated manuscript pages at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source(CHESS) is opening up some new areas of research bridging the arts and sciences. Louisa Smieska and Ruth Mullett studied manuscript pages from Cornell […]

Bringing bacteria’s defense into focus

ITHACA, N.Y. – By taking a series of near-atomic resolution snapshots, Cornell University and Harvard Medical School scientists have observed step-by-step how bacteria defend against foreign invaders such as bacteriophage, a virus that infects bacteria. The process they observed uses CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) sites, where the cell’s DNA can be snipped […]

Ultrashort-pulse fiber laser reaches unprecedented performance at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have engineered a new kind of environmentally-stable fiber laser that generates high-power ultrashort light pulses, opening new possibilities and applications for the fiber source. The fiber laser produced approximately 50-nJ and 40-fs pulses, which yield a peak power of one megawatt, an order of magnitude higher than that of […]

Cornell CubeSat wins ride into space with NASA in 2019

Media: Images of the CubeSat can be viewed and downloaded at: https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCubeSat.   ITHACA, N.Y. – What started approximately seven years ago as research into electrolysis propulsion – using water as rocket fuel – has led to a Cornell University engineering team earning a shot at space-flight history. Cornell’s Cislunar Explorers – a student group […]

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 […]