Babies’ babbling betters brains, language

ITHACA, N.Y. – Babies are adept at getting what they need – including an education. New research shows that babies organize mothers’ verbal responses, which promotes more effective language instruction, and infant babbling is the key. It’s long been known that babies modify their sounds to become more speech-like in response to feedback from their […]

With French grant to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again,’ this scientist to study Earth’s outer skin

ITHACA, N.Y. – The race to see who will lead the fight against climate change is heating up. After President Donald Trump announced in June his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed a “Make Our Planet Great Again” program that would bring climate scientists to […]

New York offshore wind investment ‘historic’ for clean energy

In his State of the State address today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to boost the state’s offshore wind industry through two requests for proposals for at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy. The commitment could potentially create thousands of new clean energy jobs, according to a labor expert at Cornell University. […]

Starting a New Year diet? Cornell historian explores American history through diet books

ITHACA, N.Y. – It’s the season of resolutions and many Americans are turning to diets to kick off the new year. Dieting is a $60 billion industry, with 45 million Americans trying to lose weight every year. But despite all the money and effort, these diets haven’t succeeded for the two-thirds of Americans who are […]

Climate scientists study the odds of a U.S. megadrought

ITHACA, N.Y. – To help untangle fact from speculation, Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwestern United States. The research was published online in the Journal of Climate. […]

Silicon Valley fuels renewable energy demand as Washington steps back on climate change

Tech giant Google has announced it has purchased three gigawatts of clean energy capacity — matching the energy it takes to maintain operations for one year. The move is part of a larger trend of tech companies taking steps to influence renewable energy demand, according to a corporate sustainability researcher at Cornell University. Glen Dowell […]

Chicago Climate Charter shows ‘bold leadership’ for American workers

Dozens of mayors from across North America, including at least 36 U.S. cities are expected to sign an agreement on Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the commitments laid out on a global scale in the Paris Climate Accord. The Chicago Climate Charter, to be signed at the North American Climate Summit in […]

Researchers turn to trees to trim highway toxins

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineering students are creating a state-of-the-art computer model to strategically place trees on highways near residential areas to mitigate pollution particles and improve human health. Doctoral candidates Khaled Hashad and Bo Yang, along with undergraduate researcher Dan Shaw ’18 – all working in the Energy and the Environment Research Laboratory of Max […]

Agung’s silver lining: Climate scientists eye Bali volcano for clues to cool the planet

As Indonesia’s Mount Agung continues to spew ash and clouds, climate scientists are preparing to study just how much the eruption will cool the earth — and what we can learn from the phenomenon about cooling the earth ourselves. Douglas MacMartin, a senior research associate and senior lecturer in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell […]

Why the future of clean energy storage lies in hydrogen

As renewable sources of energy like wind and solar gain traction, scientists and engineers are eyeing new ways to store that energy in a cost-efficient manner — laying the groundwork for a future in which renewables rival fossil fuels in powering our homes and vehicles. Paul Mutolo, a chemist and director of External Partnerships for […]