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Cassini’s last Titan flyby reveals deep methane lakes, Earth-like cycles

By examining data from the Cassini spacecraft’s last close encounter with Saturn’s moon Titan, scientists have found that its methane-filled lakes are up to 300 feet deep, much deeper than previously thought.

 Elizabeth Latham


Calling for kindness, Elizabeth Latham ’20 wins sermon contest

Elizabeth Latham ’20 – calling for kindness throughout the world with her oration, “Feed and You Will Be Fed” – won the ninth annual Harold I. Saperstein ’31 Cornell Student Topical Sermon Contest.
 NASA's InSight


Weather on Mars: Chilly with a chance of ‘dust devils’

NASA's Insight mission now provides daily weather reports from Mars, with help from Cornell astronomer Don Banfield.
 Opportunity Mars Rover


Built to last 90 days, Mars rover Opportunity ends mission after 15 years

Opportunity reshaped our understanding of ancient Mars: it was "more habitable, more Earthlike," says Cornell astronomer Steve Squyres.
 NASA and JPL mission engineers continue to check tools aboard the Martian lander InSight in this photo from Dec. 4.


NASA’s InSight captures first ‘sound’ of Martian wind

“Listening to this sound from the [lander’s] pressure sensor reminds me of a windy summer afternoon," said astronomer Don Banfield.
 Kristina Hugar, Ph.D. ‘15, Ecolectro’s chief science officer, conducts research in the startup’s laboratory space at Cornell’s McGovern Center.


Ecolectro receives $1.7M from DOE to accelerate hydrogen fuel development

A Cornell startup is working toward a day when harmful carbon dioxide in automobile exhaust vanishes into thin air – for good.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted $1.7 million to Ecolectro to accelerate production of hydrogen – a green fuel of the future. Ecolectro is based at the McGovern Family Center for Venture Development, a Cornell business incubator.

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As InSight lands on Mars, Cornell's Banfield gets to work

After cruising for 205 days over 301 million miles, NASA’s InSight spacecraft – a mission designed to probe beneath the surface of Mars – landed flawlessly Nov. 26 at Elysium Planitia.
 Maryame El Moutamid, research associate in the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science


Odd bodies, rapid spins keep cosmic rings close

Forget those shepherding moons. Gravity and the odd shapes of asteroid Chariklo and dwarf planet Haumea – small objects deep in our solar system – can be credited for forming and maintaining their own rings, according new research in Nature Astronomy.

 atacama desert rainbow


For arid, Mars-like Peruvian desert, rain brings death

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death.

An international team of planetary astrobiologists has found that after encountering never-before-seen rainfall three years ago at the arid core of Peru’s Atacama Desert, the heavy precipitation wiped out most of the microbes that had lived there.

 hangovers from 50 years ago


Hangovers note 50th anniversary with Nov. 10 concert

After a half-century singing songs you know, the Cornell Hangovers offer a harmonic convergence to celebrate their golden anniversary. The group’s Fall Tonic concert will be Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at Bailey Hall

 2015 Homecoming Weekend: Professor Robert Isaacs (MUSIC) speaks at the Cornell Glee Club Homecoming Concert.


Glee Club to sing its history at Nov. 3 concert

The Cornell University Glee Club, the university’s oldest, continuously operating student organization, will celebrate its sesquicentennial with a free concert. The group will sing pieces from different eras Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Sage Chapel. The event is open to the public.
 "any person, any study" seal


At 150, ‘… any person … any study’ still stands strong

One hundred and fifty years ago, the “radical” idea that was Cornell University became a reality.

 Graphic showing how the planet had a different light signature due to the dominance of moss.


Astronomers use Earth’s history as guide to spot vegetation on new worlds

A new model by Cornell astronomers will help identify possible life on exoplanets.
 IVF image


Device to corral viable sperm may speed IVF process

For couples hoping for a baby via in vitro fertilization, chances have improved. A process that once took hours now takes minutes: Cornell scientists have created a microfluidic device that quickly corrals strong and speedy sperm viable for fertilization.

 Robert Plane smiling, holding a pencil


Former Cornell Provost Robert Plane dies at 90

Robert A. Plane, a professor emeritus of chemistry who served as the university’s eighth provost during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, later becoming an innovative Finger Lakes vintner, died Aug. 6 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 plant-bacteria symbiosis


NSF awards BTI $1M to study plant-bacteria symbiosis

To root out the scientific complexities between nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria and its close alliance with plants, the National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million Dimensions of Biodiversity grant to the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI). Unlocking the genetic and ecological detail behind this symbiotic relationship may help reduce agricultural dependence on synthetic fertilizer.

 Justice Debra James


Justice Debra James calls on alumni to be ‘ever more engaged’

In an era that swirls with government distrust, national political cynicism and questions of character among authorities, public service can rescue us, said New York State Supreme Court Justice Debra James ’75, J.D. ’78, at the June 8 Olin Lecture in Bailey Hall during Reunion Weekend.

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CURB galvanizes Puerto Rican students’ lab experience

For Gabriela Matos-Ortiz, scientific knowledge leapt from the pages of biology textbooks into reality.

Matos-Ortiz arrived from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to a snow-covered Ithaca in January, but soon warmed to the idea of shadowing other students in the laboratory – thanks to an opportunity from the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board’s (CURB) mentorship program.

 Students at OADI honors reception


Students pepper OADI honors banquet with passion

Cheers of encouragement, heartfelt love and exuberance punctuated each award presented at the annual Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives’ (OADI) Honors ceremony May 4, at the Statler Hotel ballroom.


Castaway exoplanet moons behave like cosmic bumper cars

Research by a Cornell doctoral candidate in astronomy details the lives of lunar bodies around exoplanets that become castaways and carom.