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History course on Cornell returns this semester

Among other important milestones, students in the popular class learn how Slope Day and Dragon Day originated; what Collegetown once looked like and why Day Hall creek is called Wee Stinky Glen.
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Across the universe, fast radio bursts ‘shout and twist’

An international group of astronomers has found that the Cornell-discovered fast radio burst FRB 121102 – a brief, gigantic pulse of radio waves from 3 billion light years away – passes through a veil of magnetized plasma. This causes the cosmic blasts to “shout and twist,” which will help the scientists determine the source.

The research is featured on the cover of Nature, Jan. 11.

 Rachel Bean


Astronomer shares $3M physics Breakthrough Prize

NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe satellite team observed cosmic microwave background radiation to help understand the early universe.
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Cornell student tells COP23 delegates: 'Face up to reality'

Representing global youth constituencies at the high-level segment at the Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, Nov. 6-17, Cornell students delivered a strong statement to the convention delegates as they negotiated and wrestled with climate change.
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Graduate students spark public interest in electricity

Josue San Emeterio and other physics graduate students enjoy bringing the magic of science to local audiences.
 McGovern Center graduates


McGovern Center incubator graduates a trio of startups

Cornell’s Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences business incubator graduated three companies at a ceremony in Weill Hall Nov. 13. Embark, Lionano and Sterifre Medical join the McGovern Center’s previous two graduates, Agronomic Technology Corp. and ArcScan.

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Astronomers see clash of ‘titan’ galaxies … 13 billion years ago

A pair of massive, hyper-luminous galaxies are revealing secrets of cosmic creation.
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Cornellians celebrate the Voyagers’ historic Golden Record

Four decades after NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, about 800 Cornellians gathered at Bailey Hall Oct. 19 to celebrate the unprecedented mission, its famous Golden Record and the university’s role in the mission.

 Saturn's rings


To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring – the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled.


Cornellians see Cassini mission end in a cosmic blaze of glory

After 360 engine burns, 2.5 million executed commands, 635 gigabytes of gathered data, 162 moon flybys, 4.9 billion miles traveled and 3,948 published papers, NASA’s 20-year Cassini spacecraft ran the last lap of its historic scientific mission Sept. 15.



Cornell played large scientific role on Cassini mission

“There are at least five generations of scientists reflected in the Cassini science team.”
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Good heavens! Cornellians marvel at eclipse

On the eve of fall semester classes starting, Cornellians spied the sky – with special safety glasses – to view the partial solar eclipse Aug. 21 over Ithaca.
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Chemists use electricity to amp up drug manufacturing

Give your medicine a jolt. By using a technique that combines electricity and chemistry, future pharmaceuticals – including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States – soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way. This new Cornell research appears in Science Aug. 11.

 Kyle Lancaster with student in lab


Nitric oxide plays key role in forming potent greenhouse gas

Cornell chemists have uncovered a fresh role for nitric oxide that could send biochemical textbooks back for revision.

They have identified a critical step in the nitrification process, which is partly responsible for agricultural emissions of harmful nitrous oxide and its chemical cousins into the atmosphere, contributing to global climate change.

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Cornell dedicates telescope in honor of James Houck

Cornell astronomers gathered atop Mount Pleasant at sunset June 25 to honor one of their own. The 25-inch reflecting telescope at the university’s Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory was named in memory of the late James R. Houck.

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Ponder a fossil fuel-free world, then think art

Disappearing ozone, rising seas and a world of environmental strife have forced all of the globe’s citizens to great underground cities – powered by renewable energy. It’s quite the fictional vision.

For Cornell’s 2017 Imagining Energy Futures: Undergraduate Science, Art and Design competition, the fictional short story “Underground: Project Gaia” by Reade Otto-Moudry ’17, Kayla Aulenbach ‘19 and Ashley Herzig ’18 won the $500 top prize.



In a cosmic hit-and-run, icy Saturn moon may have flipped

Enceladus – a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn – may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop.

While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell, the University of Texas and NASA have found the first evidence that the moon’s axis has reoriented, according to new research published in Icarus.


Preserving our 'pale blue dot' is focus of first Sagan lecture

Lord Martin Rees, who has probed deep into the cosmos, studied gamma-ray bursts and galactic formations, spoke May 8 at Cornell’s David L. Call Alumni Auditorium on issues closer to home: the preservation of our “pale blue dot.”

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CURB enthusiasm: Undergrads show off research at forum

More than 80 students unveiled their scholarly work at the 32nd annual Spring Research Forum hosted April 27 by the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB).

 Rawling scholar student


Rawlings scholars navigate to senior research success

The Rawlings scholars program, which features a wide range of undergraduate research, provides significant support to students who have strong academic potential and intellectual curiosity.