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 […]

Titan topographic map unearths cookie-cutter holes in moon’s surface

Media Note: Images of the topographic maps of Titan can be viewed and downloaded at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17031. Video can be found at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17656.   ITHACA, N.Y. – Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell University astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid […]

Puerto Rico students prep to take refuge at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Sixty-two students from Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) are getting ready to arrive at Cornell University by mid-January. They’re choosing classes and – almost as importantly – buying winter coats and long underwear online. “I’m always refreshing the Ithaca page and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, it’s so cold!’” said sophomore José […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]