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 Hexagonal chip of uranium ruthenium silicide (URu2Si2)

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Machine learning illuminates material's hidden order

Extreme temperature can do strange things to metals. In severe heat, iron ceases to be magnetic. In devastating cold, lead becomes a superconductor.

 Microfluidic chip containing four identical three-channel devices

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Physics tool helps track cancer cell diversity

The team of economists and physicists took a novel approach to analyzing the behavior of breast tumor cells.
 Natasha Holmes

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Inquiry-based labs give physics students experimental edge

New Cornell research shows that traditional physics labs, which strive to reinforce the concepts students learn in lecture courses, can actually have a negative impact on students. At the same time, nontraditional, inquiry-based labs that encourage experimentation can improve student performance and engagement without lowering exam scores. 

 Steven Strogatz wearing headphones

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Podcast explores the inner life of scientists

Math and science may not seem like the most emotional subjects, but a new podcast aims to give them a whole lot of heart.

 Georg Hoffstaetter, professor of physics, and Alicia Barton, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, tour the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator facility.

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Celebration marks prototype accelerator getting up to speed

Construction is complete and the first major test was a success, so a celebration was in order to mark these accomplishments of the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator facility, known as CBETA. In time, it is expected to become the most energy-efficient, high-performance accelerator ever built.

 Ritchie Patterson

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Five faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Five Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

 Itai Cohen, professor of physics, and Paul McEuen, the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science

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Self-assembling system uses magnets to mimic specific binding in DNA

To make miniature machines that essentially build themselves, researchers took inspiration from DNA origami.
 avalanche on a mountain

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Researchers model avalanches in two dimensions

There’s a structural avalanche waiting inside that box of Rice Krispies on the supermarket shelf. Cornell researchers are now closer to understanding how those structures behave – and in some cases, behave unusually.

 research making magnets

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Magnetics with a twist: Scientists find new way to image spins

Cornell researchers have put a new spin on measuring and controlling spins in nickel oxide, with an eye toward improving electronic devices’ speed and memory capacity.
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Stressing metallic material controls superconductivity

“Sometimes stressing can produce amazing results,” said physics professor Katja Nowack.
 Wendy Wolford

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Cornell tackles ‘migrations’ global challenge

Researchers from every corner of Cornell are mobilizing to tackle one of the grand challenges of the modern era.

 molecule photo

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Researchers raise the temperature for exciton condensation

New Cornell-led research is pointing the way toward an elusive goal of physicists – high-temperature superfluidity – by exploring excitons in atomically thin semiconductors.

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Acoustic energy harnessed to soften shear-thickening fluids

You won’t be able to hear it, or even see it yet, but Cornell researchers are using ultrasonic waves to turn solids to slush – and back again.
 Researchers

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Interdisciplinary Team Gets $2M grant for Bioenergy Conversion

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers $2 million to study the combination of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and bacterial cells for more efficient bioenergy conversion.
 plastic bottles

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Sustainable polymers center gets NSF renewal grant

Plastic may be an artificial hodgepodge of organic and synthetic elements, but Geoffrey Coates’ admiration for the material is very real.

 A humpback whale surfaces in Hawaii.

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Collaboration showcases creativity of whale songs

Annie Lewandowski worked with Google Creative Lab on a project developing artificial intelligence to recognize patterns in humpback whale songs.
 Rafe Pomerance

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Alum who sounded climate change alarm featured at Reunion

As an environmental activist and lobbyist, Rafe Pomerance ’68 played an early, pivotal role in raising awareness about the threat of climate change in the late 1970s. He connected scientists with government policymakers and the media, efforts that led to congressional hearings.

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Atkinson Academic Venture Fund awards $1.3M to 10 projects

New York apple farmers, wastewater treatment facilities, new energy technologies, rural-urban systems and leopards in Nepal all stand to get a sustainability boost from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s 2019 Academic Venture Fund (AVF) awards.

 Cornell Cinema will host a free screening of “The Human Element” on Earth Day, April 22, at 7 p.m.

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Photographer Balog to highlight human element amid climate change April 22

For four decades, environmental photographer James Balog has traveled the world capturing the connections between humans and nature in vivid detail.

The Cornell community will have the opportunity to explore these connections, too, when Cornell Cinema hosts a free screening of “The Human Element” on Earth Day, April 22, at 7 p.m.

 A male Javan rhinoceros is pictured at Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia.

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Undergrad's project part of effort to save Javan rhinos

Rhinoceroses are instantly recognizable by their rumpled gray skin, immense snouts and iconic horns, but not so much their voices.

That could change thanks to the efforts of Montana Stone ’19, who is working to document the vocalizations of Javan rhinos through a collaboration with the Lab of Ornithology’s Bioacoustics Research Program and Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park. 

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