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 Enceladus photo


For Saturn moon, possible 'restaurant' at bottom of the sea

Galactic hitchhikers take note: The restaurant at the end of the universe may be closer than we think. After probing data from NASA spacecraft Cassini’s flight through the watery plume of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, scientists from the Southwest Research Institute, Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab and Cornell confirm the presence of molecular hydrogen.
 Students in front of U.S. Capital


Students share tales of global climate change on Capitol Hill

"Making the climate change issue more personal, rather than hammering a person with ‘facts,’ is our first step in getting acceptance of it as a global problem."
 Saturn's small moon Pan


Cornell team planned cosmic photo shoot of Saturn's moon Pan

Astronomy meets gastronomy: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft flew by and photographed a close-up of Saturn’s small moon Pan, never before seen in high resolution. Those images – as science hungered for joviality – revealed this moon looks like ravioli.

 Hong Kong at night


Cornell hosts Hong Kong sustainability meeting April 6-7

Cornell’s wide-ranging, interdisciplinary expertise in global sustainability issues will be front and center when the university hosts a conference about sustainability research, community engagement and opportunities for collaboration in Asia, April 6-7 in Hong Kong.



Basu: Economics of climate change will affect world poverty

If the world’s climate changes dramatically, societal equilibrium and the economics of market forces fall apart.

 Ted Lowi


Ted Lowi, renowned political scientist, dies at 85

Theodore Jay Lowi, the charismatic Cornell professor of government whose dream of an undergraduate program in Washington became reality and whose seminal books – “The End of Liberalism,” “American Government” and “American Political Thought: A Norton Anthology” (co-edited with Isaac Kramnick) – became standards in political science discourse, died Feb. 17 in Ithaca, New York.

 Rocky landscape of Mars


Scientists puzzled over lack of carbonate on Mars

Scientists can’t quite reconcile the carbon dioxide amounts on Mars today from epochs gone by.

 students looking at displays at the observatory


Fuertes Observatory's new museum goes 'back to the future'

Many of the vintage observatory instruments were collected in the 19th century by Estevan Fuertes, founding dean of Cornell’s civil engineering department.


Astronomers offer a new bucket list for other worlds

Forget Rome. Ignore Madrid. Overlook tropical islands. Cash in your frequent flier miles and book a cruise to far-flung, exotic exoplanets.

 Klarman atrium


Klarman Hall receives LEED Platinum certification

Klarman Hall – the College of Arts and Sciences’ light-filled humanities building that opened last semester – was certified LEED Platinum July 29.

The U.S. Green Building Council, which certifies LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structures, awarded the university 87 out of 110 points, the highest total Cornell has ever received.

 Image of Titan's surface


Hydrogen cyanide on Titan key to possible prebiotic conditions

NASA’s Cassini and Huygen’s missions have provided a wealth of data about chemical elements found on Saturn’s moon Titan, and Cornell scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there.

 Truck in a ditch


Atkinson Center gives record number of seed research grants

Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future(ACSF) has given $1.5 million from its Academic Venture Fund to a record 14 new university projects. This marks the third consecutive year ACSF has granted more than $1 million.



Relax, it'll be 1,500 years before aliens contact us

If you’re expecting to hear from aliens from across the universe, it could be a while.

Deconstructing the Fermi paradox and pairing it with the mediocrity principle into a fresh equation, Cornell astronomers say extraterrestrials likely won’t phone home – or Earth – for 1,500 years.



Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed, herbicides and genetically modified crops, a new Cornell study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation.

 Geologic map of Mars


Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential

The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic waves forever scarred the Martian landscape and yielded evidence of cold, salty oceans conducive to sustaining life.


Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old, red stars

Searching vast cosmic communities like real estate agents rifling through listings, Cornell astronomers now hunt through time and space for habitable exoplanets – planets beyond our own solar system – looking at planets flourishing in old star, red giant neighborhoods.

Astronomers search for these promising worlds by looking for the “habitable zone,” the region around a star in which water on a planet’s surface is liquid and signs of life can be remotely detected by telescopes.

 Image of black holes


Cornell astrophysicists earn share of $3M prize

Cornell astrophysicists Saul Teukolsky and Lawrence Kidder have earned a share in the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – a $3 million award – that recognizes those who helped create the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and its ability to find gravitational waves. The discovery announced in February provided strong confirmation of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.



Mars 2020 mission: Students survey rover landing sites

Cornell students are working with students from six other universities to present their findings to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 Student playing piano


Rawlings Scholars' research ranges from earworms to robots

Students with strong research interests receive special funding to further their work.  

 students in the Cornell fashion show


Runway role-play becomes a luminous reality

Think “Game of Thrones” meets “Hunger Games.” For the annual Cornell Fashion Collective show on March 12, warriors, rangers and magicians – models draped in LED lights and electroluminescent tape – will role-play on the runway.