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Clay may have been birthplace of life, new study suggests

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Nov 5, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. – Clay, a seemingly infertile blend of minerals, might have been the birthplace of life on Earth. Or at least of the complex biochemicals that make life possible, Cornell University biological engineers report in the Nov. 7 online issue of the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature Publishing. “We propose that in early […] Read more

Surprises discovered in decoded kiwifruit genome

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Oct 25, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study that decoded the DNA sequence of the kiwifruit has concluded that the fruit has many genetic similarities between its 39,040 genes and other plant species, including potatoes and tomatoes. The study also has unveiled two major evolutionary events that occurred millions of years ago in the kiwifruit genome. “The […] Read more

$12M gift bolsters leadership at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

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Oct 22, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE FOR RELEASE:  Oct. 22, 2013   John Carberry office: 607-255-5353 cell: 607-227-0767 johncarberry@cornell.edu   $12M gift bolsters leadership at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future ITHACA, N.Y. – Advancing their support of cutting-edge sustainability research, David and Patricia Atkinson have given $12 million to enhance the leadership of the […] Read more

Citizen scientists: Join the action at Project FeederWatch

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Oct 22, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE  FOR RELEASE:  Oct. 22, 2013  Contact: Joe Schwartz Phone:  (607) 254-6235 Joe.Schwartz@cornell.edu Citizen scientists: Join the action at Project FeederWatch ITHACA, N.Y. — A fresh new season for the Project FeederWatch citizen-science project kicks off on Nov 9. Anyone with an interest in birds and nature is invited to be part […] Read more

Coffman receives inaugural World Agriculture Prize

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Oct 20, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. – Throughout his 43-year career, Cornell University plant breeder Ronnie Coffman has sown seeds of scientific and social change across continents and generations. Now his efforts are being recognized with the inaugural World Agriculture Prize, awarded by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA), an organization that […] Read more

New micro water sensor can aid growers

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Oct 15, 2013
Crop growers, wine grape and other fruit growers, food processors and even concrete makers all benefit from water sensors for accurate, steady and numerous moisture readings. But current sensors are large, may cost thousands of dollars and often must be read manually. PHOTO: https://cornell.box.com/WaterSensor Now, Cornell University researchers have developed a microfluidic water sensor within […] Read more

$1.5M gift from Chobani supports dairy innovation

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Oct 11, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. – By producing 692 million pounds of yogurt, New York surpassed California as the top producer in the United States in 2012. A $1.5 million gift from industry leader Chobani, a New Berlin, N.Y.-based company, will support research and workforce training in dairy quality to help maintain New York’s competitive edge. “Today is […] Read more

Switchgrass – a future cash crop?

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Oct 10, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. – With biofuels becoming popular and farmers looking to diversify income, some are wondering if switchgrass is the next cash crop. Right now, a project led by Brian K. Richards, a Cornell researcher in biological and environmental engineering, is examining the long-term sustainability impacts of growing perennial grasses on marginal lands. One challenge […] Read more

Debit cards deduct nutrition from school lunches

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Oct 7, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. – School cafeterias that accept only electronic payments may be inadvertently promoting junkier food and adding empty calories to students’ diets, say Cornell behavioral economists in the current issue of the journal Obesity. Paper and videos: http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/debitcard To expedite long lunch lines and enable cleaner accounting, about 80 percent of schools use debit […] Read more

Philandering fairywrens keep their species intact

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Sep 30, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE:  Sept. 30, 2013 Contact: Joe Schwartz Phone:  (607) 254-6235 Joe.Schwartz@cornell.edu Philandering fairywrens keep their species intact ITHACA, N.Y. — A common, chickadee-sized Australian bird is one of the most prolific cheaters in the avian world — and new research suggests that choices made by straying females may actually be […] Read more

Over the limit: Size, shape and color of wine glass affect how much you pour

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Sep 27, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  FOR RELEASE:  Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 Melissa Osgood office: 607-255-2059 cell: 716-860-0587 mmo59@cornell.edu  Over the limit: Size, shape and color of wine glass affect how much you pour  ITHACA, N.Y. – Pouring a glass of wine is rarely an exact measurement, especially in a social setting. While most people think […] Read more

Off key: PCB contamination alters bird songs

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Sep 18, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE:  Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 Contact: Joe Schwartz Phone:  (607) 254-6235 Joe.Schwartz@cornell.edu Off key: PCB contamination alters bird songs ITHACA, N.Y. — It may not kill them outright, but low-level PCB contamination disrupts how some birds sing their songs, report Cornell researchers. Their seven-year study is published in the September […] Read more

Got extra produce?

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Sep 5, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE FOR RELEASE:  Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 Melissa Osgood office: 607-255-2059 cell: 716-860-0587 mmo59@cornell.edu Got extra produce? Farmers to be reimbursed for produce donated to NY food banks ITHACA, N.Y. – Growers with good food but no market are encouraged to donate produce to food banks throughout the state as part […] Read more

Decoding the genes in your beans: Working towards a better coffee

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Aug 20, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE FOR RELEASE: Aug. 20, 2013 Melissa Osgood office: 607-255-2059 cell: 716-860-0587 mmo59@cornell.edu Decoding the genes in your beans: Working towards a better coffee ITHACA, N.Y. – States of emergency have been declared across Central America this year as coffee plants are being devastated by an aggressive fungal leaf disease, known […] Read more

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to taste SnapDragon and RubyFrost

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Aug 1, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  FOR RELEASE:  Aug. 1, 2013 John Carberry office: 607-255-5353 cell: 607-227-0767 johncarberry@cornell.edu Media note: Photos of the apples, their new logos, as well as additional background information can be found at https://cornell.box.com/applenames. Additional images from the event will be uploaded later today.  Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to taste SnapDragon and […] Read more

Amateur birder observations unravel avian migration patterns

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Jul 25, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE:  Thursday, July 25, 2013  Contact: Joe Schwartz Phone:  (607) 254-6235 Joe.Schwartz@cornell.edu Amateur birder observations unravel avian migration patterns Sightings database yields insight into movement patterns, conservation needs ITHACA, N.Y. — For centuries people have marveled at the migratory abilities of birds, but new research is now putting numbers on […] Read more

Wegmans and Cornell partner to put NY on the map for artisanal and specialty cheesemaking

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Jun 26, 2013
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE FOR RELEASE:  June 26, 2013 John Carberry Media Relations, Cornell University office: 607-255-5353 cell: 607-227-0767 johncarberry@cornell.edu Jo Natale Media Relations, Wegmans Food Markets office: 585-429-3627 cell: 585-301-8009 jo.natale@wegmans.com Wegmans and Cornell partner to put NY on the map for artisanal and specialty cheesemaking Food retail pioneer also announces shift of […] Read more

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