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The 2030 Project to marshal faculty to solve climate crisis

Fueled by the collaborative spirit of Cornell’s faculty, the 2030 Project is helping to remove silos, activate research and leverage existing expertise across all disciplines to find solutions now.
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Cornell-chaired panels advocate Uranus, Enceladus missions

Professors Jonathan I. Lunine and Alexander Hayes played leadership roles in identifying U.S. national scientific priorities through 2033.
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Cornell joins NY-led group to propose hydrogen energy hub

Cornell chemists and Cornell research-startups aim to propose a Northeast research hub to make hydrogen a viable, clean-energy alternative to carbon-based fuels.
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Tint of life: Color catalog built to find frozen worlds

As ground-based and space telescopes improve, astronomers need a color-coded guide to compare Earth’s biological microbes to cold, distant exoplanets to grasp their composition.
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Comet 67P emits ancient molecular oxygen from its nucleus

After a European spacecraft rendezvoused with Comet 67P about seven years ago, astronomers now have found a cosmic revelation: It emits molecular oxygen drawn from its nucleus.
View from Mars: red landscape and robot

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Rock stars on Mars: Students look for life on big red planet

For the past year, two Cornell doctoral students have been living, thinking and working on the red planet Mars, digitally commuting from our own blue world.
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Students completing their studies eye the future

Some of the 1,450 students who graduated in December share their transformational Cornell experiences.
Jupiter with bands of swirling color and a red spot at top of sphere.

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Juno craft provides first 3D view of Jupiter’s deep storms

“This answers questions that scientists have asked for 200 years," said co-author Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and chair of the Department of Astronomy.
A black and white aerial image of Titan's river system.

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Titan’s river maps may advise Dragonfly’s sedimental journey

A Cornell-led team of astronomers has published the final maps of Titan’s liquid methane rivers and tributaries, as seen by NASA’s late Cassini mission.
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Detected: 1,652 radio bursts from 3 billion light-years away

An international team of astronomers including Cornell researchers have detected 1,652 independent millisecond explosions – called fast radio bursts, or FRBs – over a period of only 47 days.
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Spectrum reveals extreme exoplanet is even more exotic

An international team led by Cornell researchers has discovered ionized calcium on the fiery, inferno-like WASP-76b exoplanet.
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Maxwell Davis, an Air Force veteran, reviews his Warrior-Scholars Project assignments.

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Boots in the books: Veterans succeed at academic prep camp

Sixteen military veterans participated in a virtual academic boot camp at Cornell July 26 to Aug. 6. The university partnered with the Warrior-Scholar Project for the seventh consecutive year to help recent or soon-to-be military veterans transition into higher education.
Reflections of Mars' South Pole

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Mars’ bright south pole reflections may be clay – not water

“Those bright reflections have been big news over the last few years because they were initially interpreted as liquid water below the ice.”
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Lai and Mish win initial graduate, professional teaching prize

Dong Lai, M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’94, professor of astronomy, has won Cornell’s inaugural Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in Graduate and Professional Degree Programs.
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NASA/JPL Maat Mons, a large volcano on Venus, is shown in this 1991 simulated-color radar image from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft mission.

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Trace gas phosphine points to volcanic activity on Venus

Cornell astronomers say the detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus shows evidence of explosive volcanoes on the mysterious planet.
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OpenSpace/American Museum of Natural History Artistic view of the Earth and sun from thousands of miles above our planet, showing that stars can enter and exit a position to see Earth transiting the sun.

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Exoplanets get a cosmic front-row seat to find backlit Earth

Astronomers have identified 2,034 nearby star-systems – within 326 light-years – that could find life on Earth by watching our pale blue dot cross our sun.
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NASA/JPL/Provided In an artist's depiction, the Voyager 1 craft continues to cruise through interstellar space.

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In the emptiness of space, Voyager 1 detects plasma ‘hum’

As Voyager 1 – launched in 1977 – zips through interstellar space more than 14 billion miles away, it has detected the constant drone of plasma waves.
People in graduation caps and gowns wave balloons

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Face-to-face: Families celebrate the newest Cornell grads

Four Commencement ceremonies were held May 29-30, spaced out to meet health guidelines. Though campus was less crowded, the campus mood was warm and celebratory.
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Ursa Space/provided Dozens of oil tankers and commercial cargo ships line up at Great Bitter Lake to enter the Suez Canal in this early April satellite image

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Cosmos unveils space-tech business, science opportunities

More than a dozen space industry leaders, capital investors, startup entrepreneurs, a Jet Propulsions Lab manager and Cornell professors gathered virtually for Cornell’s first Space Tech Industry Day/K.K. Wang Day symposium on April 23 – featuring this year’s event theme, “New Opportunities in Space Technology.”
Illustration of future north campus residence halls

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New residence halls named for Hu, Morrison, Ginsburg

Hu Shi 1914, Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 are honored in the North Campus expansion.
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