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 Roberto Sierra

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Sierra symphony highlights Caribbean culture

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will launch its 2021-22 season on Oct. 14 with the world premiere of “Symphony No. 6,” composed by Roberto Sierra, the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Book explores historical queerness of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

“What’s really interesting about the space and these artists is that there is a queerness that has always been at the cafe, but that has never been used to frame the space.”
Beams of light

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Chaotic electrons heed ‘limit’ in strange metals

"We are finally unlocking the enigma behind the intense motions of electrons in strange metals.”
Mukoma Wa Ngugi

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From Kenya to Cornell, writer Mukoma ranges across genres

Mukoma Wa Ngugi channeled his fascination with Ethiopian "Tizita" songs into his fourth novel, “Unbury Our Dead With Song,” which will be published Sept. 21
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Provided Ligands can attract and help each other adsorb at some surface sites, but can often impair each other’s efforts as well.

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Small molecule plays outsize role in controlling nanoparticle

A breakthrough imaging technique enabled Cornell researchers to gain new insights into how tiny ligands adsorb on the surface of nanoparticles and how they can tune a particle’s shape.
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Machine learning tool sorts the nuances of quantum data

An interdisciplinary team of Cornell and Harvard University researchers developed a machine learning tool to parse quantum matter and make crucial distinctions in the data, an approach that will help scientists unravel the most confounding phenomena in the subatomic realm.
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Provided This schematic illustration shows the structure of a conjugated polymer, which is essentially a series of clustered molecules strung along a backbone that can conduct electrons and absorb light.

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Magnetic tweezers reveal polymers’ hidden properties

Cornell researchers were able to stretch and twist individual molecules of a conjugated polymer and measure its mechanical and kinetic properties, gaining insights that could eventually lead to more flexible and robust soft electronic materials.
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Provided A Cornell team sought to explore the properties of monolayer iron selenide because, as a high-temperature superconductor, it has the potential to help researchers create novel electrical devices that conduct with zero resistance and, therefore, much greater efficiency.

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Monolayer superconductor exhibits unusual behavior

Cornell researchers have discovered a rare “pseudogap” phenomenon that helps explain how the superconducting transition temperature can be greatly boosted in a single monolayer of iron selenide, and how it might be applied to other superconducting materials.
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Ministry of Culture - Italy The Noceto Vasca Votiva’s lower and upper tanks, dated to 1444 and 1432 B.C., respectively.

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Researchers link ancient wooden structure to water ritual

Cornell researchers used dendrochronology and a form of radiocarbon dating to identify the ancient origins of the structure in Northern Italy.
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Superfluid reacts strangely under pressure change

A Cornell-led collaboration identified an unusual behavior of superfluid helium-3 when it undergoes a phase transition between two different superfluid states – a transition that theoretically shouldn’t happen reliably.
Green and red hexagonal patterns

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Superconducting quantum material has an organic twist

An interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers has created a cohort of new quantum metamaterials that can achieve superconductivity at temperatures competitive with state-of-the-art solid-state materials synthesis.
Klarman Hall exterior

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Mellon grant boosts collaborative projects for equity, social justice

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a grant of $1.2 million to extend the Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities (AUH) interdisciplinary seminar series at Cornell for three years with a focus on social justice.
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Provided The muon g-2 ring sits in its detector hall amidst electronics racks, the muon beamline and other equipment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. This experiment studies the precession (or wobble) of muons as they travel through the magnetic field.

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Elusive particle may point to undiscovered physics

The muon, a tiny particle, has the giant potential to upend our understanding of the subatomic world.
Neil Ashcroft

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Neil Ashcroft, world-renowned theoretical physicist, dies at 82

Neil W. Ashcroft, the Horace White Professor of Physics Emeritus in the College of Arts and Sciences and a leading theorist in condensed matter physics, died March 15 in Ithaca. In the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s, he collaborated with David Mermin, professor emeritus of physics, to write “Solid State Physics,” which became the gold standard of textbooks for their discipline.
Orange and yellow origami bird

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Self-folding nanotech creates world’s smallest origami bird

The researchers have generated a throng of nanoscale machines and components, each seemingly faster, smarter and more elegant than the last.
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Professor chases plastic all the way to Ultimate Hall of Fame

“There’s a state of awe, an expansiveness. Because in that moment, you expanded your conception of yourself.”
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Celebrating December grads after ‘a semester like no other’

On Dec. 19, nearly 1,500 Cornell students celebrated their winter graduation in a virtual recognition ceremony viewed around the world – the first such event at Cornell, and a fitting end to what President Martha E. Pollack called “a semester like no other at Cornell.”

 model of a molecule: colored balls joined by grey lines

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‘Roaming’ molecular fragments captured in real time

Sometimes atoms, like pets and adventuresome hikers, slip loose and wander off into the wild. Their final destination isn’t known, and their trajectory can be all over the map. It’s not so easy to track their path.

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Researchers trap electrons to create elusive crystal

Even though a crystal of electrons was first predicted in 1934, a method for achieving it had remained elusive.
 Cells dyed with purple

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Researchers disrupt signaling pathway to treat colitis

The white blood cell TH17 helps the immune system fight infection by promoting inflammation. But it can be too much of a good thing: Excessive inflammation from TH17 overload has been tied to autoimmune disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and arthritis.

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