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Common Sweetener in Low-Cal Foods Also a Marker for Weight Gain

May 10, 2017
A new study has identified the sugar alcohol erythritol as a biomarker for increasing fat mass. In contrast to previous assumptions and research, erythritol can be metabolized by, and even produced in, the human body. Erythritol occurs naturally in a variety of foods, such as pears and watermelons, but in recent years has increasingly become a common ingredient in low-calorie foods as a sugar replacement sweetener [...] Read more

More Prime-Time Ads Could Kick Drunken Driving to the Curb

Apr 24, 2017
More than 10,000 people die each year from alcohol-related accidents, and drunken driving is a leading killer of young people. Public service announcements about the dangers of drunken driving could change that – but only if more people see those ads, according to a new Cornell University study [...] Read more

New Data Unearths Pesticide Peril in Beehives

Apr 20, 2017
Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee’s own food [...] Read more

Gender Hierarchies Persist Online Despite More Female Entrepreneurs

Apr 4, 2017
Self-employed women working in digital creative industries such as blogging or marketing feel compelled to conduct business online in a traditionally feminine way, according to a new Cornell University study. This includes maintaining social media personas that display modesty, sociality and “an aura of decorum” – the same restrictions that often apply to women in off-line business settings [...] Read more

Biochar Provides High-Definition Electron Pathways in Soil

Apr 3, 2017
All plants need electrons to aid biological and chemical tasks. Cornell University scientists have discovered a new high-definition system that allows electrons to travel through soil farther and more efficiently than previously thought [...] Read more

SUNY Broome to Announce Transfer Agreement with Cornell

February 22, 2017
SUNY Broome is working with Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to develop 2+2 bachelor’s degree programs in food science and food operations and management. These new programs further support current transfer agreements between the two institutions [...]

Underwater Seagrass Beds Dial Back Polluted Seawater

Feb 16, 2017
ITHACA, N.Y. - Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16. [...] Read more

Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source

Nov 21, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity according to a study published in the journal Oceanography (December 2016). “We may have stumbled onto the next green revolution,” said Charles H. Greene, professor of earth […] Read more

New and improved kale varieties coming to a store near you

Nov 17, 2016
Media note: Photos of some of the new varieties of kale along with the researchers’ favorite kale recipe can be downloaded at ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its color, shape and even flavor – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction. Traits of […] Read more

Moral values influence level of climate change action

Nov 16, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Two moral values highly rated by liberals — compassion and fairness — influence willingness to make personal choices to mitigate climate change’s impact in the future, according to a new multidisciplinary study by Cornell University researchers. The findings also suggest that a moral value rated more highly by conservatives – purity – […] Read more

In communicating wildlife conservation, focus on the right message

Oct 31, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – If you want people to care about endangered species, focus on how many animals are left, not on the chances of a species becoming extinct, according to a new study by Cornell University communication scholars. Since the 1960s, conservation experts have used specific labels to indicate how precariously a species is teetering […] Read more

New biochar model scrubs CO2 from the atmosphere

Oct 28, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – New Cornell University research suggests an economically viable model to scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to thwart global warming. The researchers propose using a “bioenergy-biochar system” that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an environmental pinch, until other removal methods become economically feasible and in regions where other methods are […] Read more

Cornell Board of Trustees approves ‘Cornell Botanic Gardens’ naming

Oct 28, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell’s living botanical and natural areas collection is getting a new name. Cornell Botanic Gardens was officially approved Oct. 28 by the Cornell University Board of Trustees, the final step in a broad rebranding effort begun more than two years ago. The new moniker replaces Cornell Plantations as the name of the […] Read more

Cornell leads effort to train farmers on new produce safety rules

Oct 25, 2016
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) announced the start of two national produce safety training programs designed to help the produce industry understand the critical role it plays in public health and prepare it to meet the new regulatory requirements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. […] Read more

Senator O’Mara announces $1.2 million for the nation’s only quarantine research facility for potato pest Golden Nematode

Oct 14, 2016
Cornell and USDA researchers will be able to protect America’s leading vegetable crop from new threats thanks to new funding; updated facility will continue to be frontline defense in securing the country’s $3.8 billion potato sector   ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s nothing golden about the golden nematode. Currently quarantined to eight counties in New York […]