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Imaging Technology Reveals Copper Is Key to Meeting Future Food and Energy Needs

Jul 24, 2017
For the first time, Cornell University researchers are using imaging capabilities at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to explore how copper affects plant fertility. The work could provide key insights into how plants can be bred for better performance in marginal soils. The human population is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, and meeting future food and energy needs requires increases in agricultural production by enhancing productivity on existing land or by increasing the amount of land used for production [...] Read more

New Food Policies Could Take the Bite Out of India’s Malnutrition

Jul 20, 2017
India has spent the last 50 years combating hunger by boosting its production of staple crops like wheat, rice and maize. The strategy has worked – up to a point. Now India struggles with chronic malnutrition and child stunting, even though it produces enough calories to keep hunger at bay. But new policies could diversify India’s diet with more nutritious foods [...] Read more

Despite a Great Grip, Geckos Sometimes Slip

Jul 19, 2017
Geckos climb vertically up trees, walls and even windows, thanks to pads on the digits of their feet that employ a huge number of tiny bristles and hooks. Scientists have long marveled at the gecko’s adhesive capabilities, which have been described as 100 times more than what is needed to support their body weight or run quickly up a surface. But a new theoretical study examines for the first time the limits of geckos’ gripping ability in natural contexts [...] Read more

Heritage and Ancient Grain Project Feeds a Growing Demand

Jul 19, 2017
After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback. Restaurants and bakeries that promote organic and local agriculture have sprouted up across the country in the last decade, meeting a rising consumer demand for tasty and nutritious foods that support an ethic of sustainability. In the Northeast, for example, Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan serves local and seasonal dishes. Its rotating menu offers “roasted beets and kale salad with einkorn and candied pistachio” and “sea urchin risotto with ancient grains and ruby red shrimp.” [...] Read more

Madoff Rip-off Shattered Trust, Changed Investment Behavior

Jul 18, 2017
Notorious financier Bernie Madoff bilked more than 10,000 investors out of billions of dollars in the 1990s and 2000s in the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. But the effect of Madoff’s elaborate Ponzi scheme rippled far beyond his direct victims. For the first time, a Cornell University researcher and his colleagues have quantified just how much the rip-off cost the financial industry. After the fraud was discovered, people who knew Madoff’s victims or who lived in areas where victims were concentrated lost trust [...] Read more