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 […]

Despite stalemate, Merkel’s twilight is still not in sight

  Germany is locked in a political stalemate after coalition talks failed and the liberal Free Democrats announced its withdrawal from the negotiations. If the impasse continues, Angela Merkel – who was voted in to form a government in September – may have to trigger snap elections. Mona Krewel, an assistant professor of government at […]

Top-flight rheometer allows for outside-the-box research

ITHACA, N.Y. – Until earlier this month, if students in Itai Cohen’s research group wanted to perform advanced measurements on a fluid – such as applying both rotation and sinusoidal oscillations to gauge whether the flow disruption was hydrodynamically or contact-mediated – they’d have to drive 330 miles east. Now, thanks to a loan from […]

Cornell mathematician’s study of ‘swarmalators’ could direct future science

ITHACA, N.Y. – How does the Japanese tree frog figure into the latest work of noted mathematician Steven Strogatz? As it turns out, quite prominently. “We had read about these funny frogs that hop around and croak,” said Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics. “They form patterns in space and time. Usually […]

Political reform unlikely in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

This week, Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades, was ousted by military leaders who seized control of state institutions and detained Mugabe and his wife. Analysts believe former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa – whose firing earlier this month may have fueled the coup – will be installed as Zimbabwe’s president until new […]

Scientific database arXiv reaches billionth download milestone

ITHACA, N.Y. – The scientific pre-print database arXiv.org has surpassed 1 billion downloads. The online repository started 26 years ago as an electronic bulletin board on one computer, and has grown into an essential resource for physicists and mathematicians around the world. Since its founding, arXiv has sped the pace of scientific discovery, inspired similar […]

Kids in tough neighborhoods face joblessness, lower income as adults

ITHACA, N.Y. – For decades researchers have known kids who grow up in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to face a slew of difficulties in childhood, from higher rates of teen pregnancy and health problems to less education. A new Cornell University study now shows a child’s neighborhood also impacts her economic well-being into adulthood. […]

Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery

ITHACA, N.Y. – The concept of “valence” – the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging electrons – is one of the cornerstones of modern chemistry and solid-state physics. Valence controls crucial properties of molecules and materials, including their bonding, crystal structure, and electronic and magnetic properties. Four decades ago, […]

Splits in GOP base make tax plan dead-on-arrival

After much debate and delays, congressional Republicans are scheduled to release their tax bill on Thursday. Elizabeth Sanders, professor of government at Cornell, studies economic regulations and political parties’ alignment. She says that disagreement on tax reform – as in the case of health care reform – is an indicator of how the Republican Party […]

In Asia Trump could learn subtleties of North Korean issue

This week President Trump will embark in his first visit to Asia, a 13-day trip with scheduled stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The trip is seen as a chance for the administration to clarify its stance on outstanding foreign policy issues in the region, such as the handling of North […]