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Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan

Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan

February 27, 2015

Cornell chemical engineers and astronomers have theorized a new kind of methane-based cell membrane that could thrive in the harsh, cold conditions of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. read more

Precision gas sensor could fit on a chip

Precision gas sensor could fit on a chip

February 26, 2015

Cornell engineers have miniaturized a light source in the elusive mid-infrared spectrum, effectively squeezing the capabilities of a large, tabletop laser onto a 1-millimeter silicon chip. read more

New 'knobs' can dial in control of materials

New 'knobs' can dial in control of materials

February 24, 2015

A new study by Cornell scientists offers insight on how different "knobs" can change material properties in previously unexplored or misunderstood ways. read more

Kozen honored for theoretical computer science work

Kozen honored for theoretical computer science work

February 23, 2015

Dexter Kozen, Ph.D. ’77, the Joseph Newton Pew Jr. Professor in Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science for "pioneering and seminal work.” read more

Cornell sinks teeth into four new MOOCs

Cornell sinks teeth into four new MOOCs

February 19, 2015

Cornell will offer four new massive open online courses - or MOOCs - in 2016. Learn abouts sharks, GMOs, engineering simulations and how mergers and acquisitions get done. read more

Cornell Rewind: Phenomenal first women of engineering

Cornell Rewind: Phenomenal first women of engineering

February 18, 2015

Cornell’s pioneering, engineering women – Kate Gleason, Nora Stanton Blatch and Olive Wetzel Dennis – advanced the science of their discipline beyond all expectation of their male peers. read more

Physicist Ernest Sternglass dies at 91

Physicist Ernest Sternglass dies at 91

February 17, 2015

Ernest Sternglass ’44, M.S. ’51, Ph.D. ’53, whose correspondence with Albert Einstein led to an electron amplification discovery that allowed millions to watch Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the... read more

Liu, Todd elected to National Academy of Engineering

Liu, Todd elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 16, 2015

Philip Liu and Michael Todd have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Liu and Todd join 33 current or former Cornell faculty who are NAE members. read more

A 'Flickr-ing' view of the world, in 4-D

A 'Flickr-ing' view of the world, in 4-D

February 12, 2015

Cornell researchers have added another dimension to virtual street viewing, literally. Using millions of images collected from the web, they have developed a model that would allow users to scan the... read more

Study: Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

Study: Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

February 12, 2015

A Cornell study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul or many countries, particularly in the developing world, could face major... read more

Biennial’s art and science collaborations earn acclaim

Biennial’s art and science collaborations earn acclaim

February 12, 2015

An art installation created in tandem with Cornell materials scientists for the recent CCA Biennial on campus will soon be on permanent display online and featured in an upcoming PBS documentary. read more

Sanitation scores in India have room for improvement

Sanitation scores in India have room for improvement

February 10, 2015

Because urban sanitation scores don't tell the whole story in India, Cornell water-resources experts recommend allowing cities to custom-design measures that will save lives and lift their residents... read more

Alum Robert Langer wins Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Alum Robert Langer wins Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

February 10, 2015

Robert Langer ’70 has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for "revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface of chemistry and medicine." read more

Former engineering dean Edmund Cranch dies at 91

Former engineering dean Edmund Cranch dies at 91

February 10, 2015

Alumnus and former College of Engineering dean Edmund T. Cranch, who left Cornell to become president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, died Feb. 4 at age 91. read more

Researchers report better solar cells through chemistry

Researchers report better solar cells through chemistry

February 10, 2015

In the quest for the perfect solar cell, Cornell materials science research offers quantifiable insight into the complex chemistry of getting it just right. Their work was published Jan. 30 in Nature... read more

NSF grant to fund ‘revolutionary’ electron microscope

NSF grant to fund ‘revolutionary’ electron microscope

February 9, 2015

The NSF has awarded Cornell $2.7 million to acquire a cryogenic, aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. The microscope could revolutionize research in biology, physics and... read more

Cornell sending strong contingent to annual science meeting

Cornell sending strong contingent to annual science meeting

February 5, 2015

Cornell faculty members to speak on an array of topics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2015 annual meeting to be held Feb. 12-16 in San Jose, California. read more

Cornell sending strong contingent to AAAS 2015

Cornell sending strong contingent to AAAS 2015

February 5, 2015

Cornell faculty members to speak on an array of topics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2015 annual meeting to be held Feb. 12-16 in San Jose, California. read more

Physics teacher training program going strong

Physics teacher training program going strong

February 2, 2015

The seven-year-old Physics Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) program supports Cornell students considering a career in teaching high school physics. The program has grown to over 60 participants... read more

$50M Verizon gift names Cornell Tech executive ed center

$50M Verizon gift names Cornell Tech executive ed center

February 2, 2015

A $50 million gift from Verizon will support the development of the Verizon Executive Education Center on the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech officials announced Feb. 2. read more

A ‘STAR’ is born: Engineers devise genetic 'on' switch

A ‘STAR’ is born: Engineers devise genetic 'on' switch

February 2, 2015

Cornell scientists have made an RNA-only "on" switch to control gene expression – a breakthrough that could revolutionize genetic engineering. The switch is called Small Transcription Activating... read more

Bassuk, Caudill, Manohar named Weiss fellows

Bassuk, Caudill, Manohar named Weiss fellows

January 30, 2015

Faculty members Nina Bassuk, Marie Caudill and Rajit Manohar have been named Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows for their inspiring teaching of undergraduates, President David Skorton announced. read more

Incentives encourage greater exploration, research finds

Incentives encourage greater exploration, research finds

January 30, 2015

How do organizations get workers onto the 'road less taken' when most people will choose the roads they know will pay off? Cornell researchers have found that incentives for trying something new may... read more

Skorton speeds campus carbon neutrality goal to 2035

Skorton speeds campus carbon neutrality goal to 2035

January 29, 2015

Cornell President David Skorton today released the report of the Climate Action Plan Acceleration Working Group, which recommends actions the campus should take to become carbon neutral by 2035. read more

Diabetes in rats treated with engineered probiotic

Diabetes in rats treated with engineered probiotic

January 27, 2015

In a Cornell study of rats, researchers engineered a common gut bacteria, which when taken orally, helped control diabetes with the body’s own insulin. The study was published Jan. 27 in the journal... read more

Generators that relieve power grid worsen ozone pollution

Generators that relieve power grid worsen ozone pollution

January 27, 2015

Cornell engineers have found that firing up diesel backup generators in non-emergency situations triggers rising atmospheric ozone concentrations due to additional nitrogen oxide emissions. read more

Generators that relieve power grid worsen ozone pollution

Generators that relieve power grid worsen ozone pollution

January 27, 2015

Cornell engineers have found that firing up diesel backup generators in non-emergency situations triggers rising atmospheric ozone concentrations due to additional nitrogen oxide emissions. read more

Five NY companies receive jump start from Cornell

Five NY companies receive jump start from Cornell

January 26, 2015

The Cornell Center for Materials Research announces that five New York companies will receive grants through the center's JumpStart program. The projects receive up to $5,000 in matching funds for... read more

Cornell Rewind: A great school faces the Great War

Cornell Rewind: A great school faces the Great War

January 22, 2015

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. Scarcely a week later, 575 Cornell male undergraduates registered for military service, the university began a flight ground school soon after... read more

New computation method helps identify functional DNA

New computation method helps identify functional DNA

January 20, 2015

Cornell scientists have created a new computational method that can identify positions in the human genome that play a role in the proper functioning of cells. The research was published in the... read more

Research repository arXiv hits 1 million submissions

Research repository arXiv hits 1 million submissions

January 15, 2015

1 million and counting: Scientific-paper repository arXiv has reached milestone with a million submissions. Cornell University Library has provided stewardship for arXiv, since its founder, Paul... read more

Sara Hernández to lead Grad School diversity efforts

Sara Hernández to lead Grad School diversity efforts

January 15, 2015

Sara Xayarath Hernández, director of Diversity Programs in Engineering, has been named associate dean for inclusion and student engagement in the Graduate School. She will begin her new role this... read more

Hot fashion: DOE awards $3M grant for ‘air-conditioned’ clothing

Hot fashion: DOE awards $3M grant for ‘air-conditioned’ clothing

January 13, 2015

Warming up to a brisk idea to save building energy, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Cornell researchers a $3 million grant to create new clothes that integrate "air-conditioning" into... read more

Gehrke, Joachims honored for work in computer science

Gehrke, Joachims honored for work in computer science

January 12, 2015

Two Cornell computer scientists have been elected fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Thorsten Joachims recognized... read more

Cornell research steers NYC bikes to needy stations

Cornell research steers NYC bikes to needy stations

January 12, 2015

ORIE's David Shmoys and a graduate student develop computer analysis to help New York City bike-sharing system improve efficiency and put bikes where they will get the most use. Student wins award... read more

High-temperature superconductor 'fingerprint' found

High-temperature superconductor 'fingerprint' found

January 6, 2015

Theorists and experimentalists working together at Cornell may have found the answer to a major challenge in condensed matter physics: identifying the smoking gun of why “unconventional”... read more