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Harold Scheraga, protein chemistry pioneer, dies at 98

Harold A. Scheraga, the George W. and Grace L. Todd Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, who had a profound impact shaping the understanding of protein structure, died Aug. 1 in Ithaca. He was 98.

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Electrons obey social distancing in ‘strange’ metals

The chaotic behavior of Planckian, or “strange,” metals has long intrigued physicists.
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From fashion to fertility: CCMR pairs NY startups with faculty

Unlike many stories about technological revolutions and industry disrupters, this one begins in a mall.

Originally from Guyana, South America, Andrea Madho had a successful career as a stockbroker on Wall Street before transitioning to tech-sector public relations and business development.

On this particular shopping trip in 2015, she just wanted to buy clothing that fit.

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Electrochemical reaction powers new drug discoveries

The reaction that this work resulted in has eluded organic chemists for decades.
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Researchers control elusive spin fluctuations in 2D magnets

Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, critical spin fluctuations in a magnetic system haven’t been captured on film. Unlike the fabled creatures, these fluctuations – which are highly correlated electron spin patterns – do actually exist, but they are too random and turbulent to be seen in real time.

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Researchers track how bacteria purge toxic metals

The knowledge could lead to the development of more effective antibacterial treatments.
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Merrill Scholars near and far honor their teachers, mentors

As a first-generation college student whose family – refugees from Indonesia – arrived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when he was only a year old, Malikul Muhamad ’20 credits his teachers and professors with helping him chart a successful course through uncertainty and new experiences.

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Game theory suggests more efficient cancer therapy

Cancer cells not only ravage the body – they also compete with each other.

Cornell mathematicians are using game theory to model how this competition could be leveraged, so cancer treatment – which also takes a toll on the patient’s body – might be administered more sparingly, with maximized effect.



Mass-produced microscopic sensors see the light

Theologians once pondered how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Not to be outdone, Cornell researchers who build nanoscale electronics have developed microsensors so tiny, they can fit 30,000 on one side of a penny.

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CNF jump-starts startups in New York state

Electroplating – the process of using electricity to deposit one metal onto another – originated in the 19th century and can be found in everything from pennies to gold-topped cathedrals.

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CMS upgrade will shine light on Higgs boson

Cornell is leading a $77 million effort, beginning April 1, to upgrade the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

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Campus community donates essential medical supplies

“We’re so happy to do our small part to support the essential and heroic work being done by the health care professionals."
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Researchers map protein motion

Cornell structural biologists took a new approach to using a classic method of X-ray analysis to capture something the conventional method had never accounted for: the collective motion of proteins. And they did so by creating software to painstakingly stitch together the scraps of data that are usually disregarded in the process.

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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.

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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.
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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. 

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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.


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.

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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


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.