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 […]

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 […]

New quick, portable test for iron, Vitamin A deficiency could help save lives around the world

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers and nutritionists have created a swift solution for a challenging global health problem: a low-cost, rapid test to detect iron and vitamin A deficiencies at the point of care. “Vitamin A and iron deficiency affect more than one-third of the world’s population. Problems resulting from these deficiencies – such […]

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 […]

Astronomers see clash of ‘titan’ galaxies – 13 billion years ago

ITHACA, N.Y. – A pair of massive, hyper-luminous galaxies are merging in front of astronomer’s eyes for the first time and revealing secrets of cosmic creation. “Discovering a hyper-luminous starburst galaxy is an extraordinary feat, but discovering two – this close to each other – is amazing,” said Dominik Riechers, assistant professor of astronomy and […]

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 […]

To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united

ITHACA, N.Y. – For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring – the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A […]

Gravitational waves announcement ushers in new era of multi-messenger astronomy

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves in addition to light, from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. Cornell University physicists and experts, who played a vital role in validating the detection of […]

Shape-shifting octopus inspires 3-D morphing material

Media Note: Videos of the morphing materials can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/3dtexture. An interview and demonstration of engineering professor Rob Shepherd explaining the new work can also be viewed on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University engineering and physics team is using the octopus as inspiration for a method to morph flat […]