Fast radio bursts ‘twists and shouts’ help scientists determine source of cosmic blasts

Media Note: Images, artwork and descriptions can be downloaded at this link. ITHACA, N.Y. – An international group of astronomers has found that the Cornell University-discovered fast radio burst FRB 121102 – a brief, gigantic pulse of radio waves from 3 billion light years away – passes through a veil of magnetized plasma. This causes the cosmic […]

Eating more foods with choline during pregnancy could boost baby’s brain

ITHACA, N.Y. – When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits, a new Cornell University study suggests. Choline – found in egg yolks, lean red meat, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and cruciferous vegetables – has many functions, but this study focused on its role in […]

Physicists build muscle for shape-changing, cell-sized robots

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/RobotExoskeleton. You can also watch this Vimeo video about the work. ITHACA, N.Y. – An electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing machine the size of a human cell? Is that even possible? Cornell physicists Paul McEuen and Itai Cohen not only say yes, but they’ve actually built the “muscle” for one. With postdoctoral […]

Research reveals ‘shocking’ weakness of lab courses

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the new emphasis on hands-on, active learning throughout higher education, lab courses would seem to have an advantage – what could be more active than doing experiments? But surprising new research reveals traditional labs fall far short of their pedagogical goals. In a paper published Jan. 2 in Physics Today, “Introductory […]

Spider’s web inspires removable implant that may control type 1 diabetes

ITHACA, N.Y. – For the more than 1 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections are literally a matter of life and death. And while there is no cure, a Cornell University-led research team has developed a device that could revolutionize management of the disease. In Type 1 diabetes, insulin-producing pancreatic […]

Randomness a key in spread of disease, other ‘evil’

ITHACA, N.Y. – An unfortunate church dinner more than 100 years ago did more than just spread typhoid fever to scores of Californians. It led theorists on a quest to understand why many diseases – including typhoid, measles, polio, malaria, even cancer – take so much longer to develop in some affected people than in […]

Engineers program tiny robots to move, think like insects

ITHACA, N.Y. – While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. A group of Cornell engineers has been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the way an insect’s brain works, which could soon have people wondering if that […]

Scrap the stethoscope – engineers create new way to measure vital signs with radio waves

Media Note: Images and video can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/VitalMonitoring. ITHACA, N.Y. – No visit to the doctor’s office is complete without a blood-pressure cuff squeezing your arm and a cold stethoscope placed on your chest. But what if your vital signs could be gathered, without contact, as you sit in the waiting room or […]

Cornell teams present flood-resilient designs for Hudson riverfront

WHO: Student teams from Cornell University to showcase flood-resilient waterfront design strategies for Piermont Village waterfront, which is at risk of sea-level rise, storm surge and extreme precipitation events due to climate change. WHEN:          Tuesday, Dec. 12, 12 to 3 p.m. WHERE:        Piermont Village Hall, 478 Piermont Ave., Piermont MEDIA:         Media members are […]