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Hong Kong resignations may end one country, two systems

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong resigned en masse on Wednesday in protest against Beijing’s interference in the city’s legislature. The move marks a crescendo in tensions between Beijing-leaning authorities and their pro-democracy counterparts, who have been denouncing China’s stifling approach towards opposition and dissent.

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Researchers trap electrons to create elusive crystal

Even though a crystal of electrons was first predicted in 1934, a method for achieving it had remained elusive.
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What 2020 taught us about the Latino vote

In in an op-ed in the New York Daily News, Sergio Garcia-Rios, assistant professor of government and Latina/o Studies, writes that a Latinos are not a homogenous voting bloc.

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Yuri Orlov memorial webinar held Nov. 18

Some of the world’s most prominent human-rights leaders honored the late Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, in a webinar Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

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Students from across disciplines forge Cornell Blockchain

As the fourth of five children, Joe Ferrara ’19 grew up cooking meals and baking treats for his family. As a teenager, he spent summers slinging pizzas and busing tables, envisioning a day when he would run his own business. “I really loved seeing people smile and providing the best experiences for them,” he says.

So it was no surprise when Ferrara transferred to the School of Hotel Administration as a sophomore in 2016.

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Armenian-Azerbaijan ceasefire puts ‘treasures of human history’ at risk

On Wednesday, Armenian demonstrators demanded Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resign following a ceasefire agreement that is considered a victory for Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, following the worst fighting in the region in decades.

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Yearlong series highlights sidelined composer

What began more than a year ago as an effort to celebrate a somewhat unknown female Black composer has grown into a collaboration between Cornell’s choral faculty, a major orchestra and musicians and faculty from across the country, who are participating in a host of initiatives to honor the works of Florence Price.

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Toni Morrison to be inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Morrison, M.A. '55, is one of six women to be honored Dec. 10.
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Engineer to model sunshine deflection for cooling planet

Global warming reduction may someday get a cool new tool: climate engineering.

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Diaz’s new book examines the work of José Montoya

Montoya was a leading figure in bilingual and bicultural expression drawn from barrio life, the Chicano Movement and multiculturalism in American art.
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If COVID-19 can’t foster political unity, what can?

Bitter fighting continues in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, even as President-elect Joe Biden urged unity in his victory speech Saturday night.

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Fulbright winners hope for global research, teaching in 2021

When Lisa Malloy ’17 visited China for the first time in 2018, she was amazed by the pervasiveness of artificial intelligence in everyday life.

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Poet’s book finds words for ‘things that leave us speechless’

Many of the poems in “Music for the Dead and Resurrected” are rooted in Belarus, present and past.
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Pfizer vaccine efficacy could be a ‘game changer’

On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech SE announced that Phase III data is pointing to 90% efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, exceeding expectations that a vaccine might only reduce symptomatic COVID-19 in 60-70% of cases.

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Biden faces tough choices in taking bold executive action

Former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, sparking questions of how he will approach governing after taking the oath of office in January.

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Alumnus takes leadership of Mellon Foundation’s higher education program

“I do think the humanities in general has not succeeded to the extent it ought to in reaching a broad constituency."
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Clay subsoil at Earth’s driest place may signal life on Mars

Earth’s most arid desert may hold a key to finding life on Mars.

Diverse microbes discovered in the clay-rich, shallow soil layers in Chile’s dry Atacama Desert suggest that similar deposits below the Martian surface may contain microorganisms, which could be easily found by future rover missions or landing craft.

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Kerry imparts experience, hope to the ‘next generation’

Now more than ever, leadership is needed at all levels of government to overcome growing partisanship and to keep the United States in a strong position in the world on fronts such as democracy, cybersecurity and climate change, said former U.S. Sen. John Kerry on Oct. 29.

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Effective government saves lives in cyclones, other disasters

To identify what makes people vulnerable, the researchers matched the extent of the storms with the measures of governance and living conditions in affected areas.
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