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Warbler genomes look to be 99.97 percent alike

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Aug 23, 2016
For decades, conservationists have considered blue-winged warblers to be a threat to golden-winged warblers, a species being considered for federal Endangered Species protection. Blue-winged warbler populations have declined 66 percent since 1968, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The two species are known to frequently interbreed where they co-occur, and scientists have been […] Read more

Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork

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Aug 23, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer experience and behavior. But what impact does it have on employees? Cornell University researchers explored this question in a pair of lab experiments and found that music can have important […] Read more

Dietary compound linked to heart disease may be influenced by gut microbiome

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Aug 8, 2016
In the last five years, some scientists have cautioned against eating eggs and meat because these foods generate a common dietary compound, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that research has suggested plays a role in heart disease. A Cornell study recently published online in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports new results that raise questions […] Read more

Vineyard cover crops reduce expense, save environment

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Jul 26, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell researchers have advice for vineyard managers in cool and humid climates like the Northeast: cover up. Maintaining bare soil beneath vines has long been accepted management practice used to stifle competition and preserve water and nutrients for grapevines. Exposing soil beneath trellises has been achieved by using extensive herbicide treatments, a […] Read more

Male frogs have sex on land to keep competitors away

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Jul 26, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – When it comes to the birds and the bees, frogs are remarkably diverse: They do it in water, on land and on leaves. Researchers have assumed that natural selection drove frogs to take the evolutionary step to reproduce on land as a way for parents to avoid aquatic predators who feed on […] Read more

Biological wizardry ferments carbon monoxide into biofuel

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Jul 26, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas. “Instead of having the waste go to waste, you make it into something you want,” said Ludmilla Aristilde, assistant professor in biological and environmental […] Read more

New initiative aims to protect birds on private lands

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Jul 7, 2016
Media: To view and download images and graphics, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/landtrust. ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance are partnering to help protect birds on private lands. The goal of the new Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative and associated website (birdtrust.org) is to improve conservation for declining species by […] Read more

Key to chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not head

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Jun 27, 2016
Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Now, for the first time, Cornell University researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut […] Read more

$2.3M grant funds app creation to diagnose diseases

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Jun 22, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell University a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop FeverPhone, which will diagnose six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and Chagas’ disease. Faculty members David Erickson and Saurabh Mehta will […] Read more

Edward McLaughlin named interim dean of Cornell’s Dyson School

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Jun 21, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Edward McLaughlin, a distinguished expert in the efficiency of food distribution systems, will become the interim David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management starting July 1, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 21. A faculty member since 1983, McLaughlin is senior associate director of the […] Read more

How the butterfly got its spots

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Jun 15, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – By tweaking just one or two genes, Cornell University researchers have altered the patterns on a butterfly’s wings. It’s not just a new art form, but a major clue to understanding how the butterflies have evolved, and perhaps to how color patterns – and other patterns and shapes – have evolved in […] Read more

Exhibit offers Hudson riverfront defense against rising waters, climate change

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Jun 9, 2016
To keep riverfront communities intact in the face of rising waters due to climate change, landscape architecture master’s students at Cornell University’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio are sketching sturdy, flexible concepts for the south bay riverfront in Hudson, New York. Concepts are collected in an exhibition, “Waterfront Futures: Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising […] Read more

Consumers sour on milk exposed to LED light

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Jun 9, 2016
Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time. Their study determined that milk remained at high-quality for two weeks when shielded from LED […] Read more

Researchers Nudge Healthy Food Selection in Food Pantries

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May 17, 2016
Grocery stores have long deployed insights from behavioral economics to influence the purchase of targeted foods. But can similar tactics work in community food panties to nudge clients to make healthier food choices? Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have uncovered ways to do just that. Prioritizing the placement of healthier options and […] Read more

Maize genome ‘dark matter’ discovery a boon for breeders

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May 16, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – For astronomers, “dark matter” is the largely hypothetical substance that accounts for approximately 85 percent of the matter in the universe. Now, plant scientists have discovered a different kind of “dark matter” in the maize genome: a tiny percentage of regulatory DNA that accounts for roughly half of the variation in observable […] Read more

School lunch subsidy could boost local farms, economies

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May 12, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – If New York state lawmakers were to provide a subsidy of 5 cents per school lunch just one day per week for the purchase of local fruits and vegetables, it would likely provide a financial boost for New York farmers and local economies. The finding is according to a recent report, “The […] Read more

Cutting-edge climate data for New York has new digital home

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May 10, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Type “New York climate data” into Google and be prepared for a deluge of nearly 8 million search results. Somewhere in that vast flood may be the relevant information you need, but wading through what’s trivial and out of date can be a frustrating slog requiring time and scientific know-how to navigate. […] Read more

Cornell’s Sutton Road Solar Farm now online to power Geneva Station

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May 3, 2016
GENEVA, N.Y. – Bring on the sunshine: Cornell University’s new Sutton Road Solar Farm, a 2-megawatt energy facility that will offset nearly 40 percent of the annual electricity demand at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, is now fully operational. “Our researchers are conducting basic and applied research to improve […] Read more

Junk-food junkies go healthy when rewarded

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Apr 28, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Healthy eating habits are more important than ever, with advocates calling for fast-food restaurants, schools and food providers to promote the sale of salads and vegetables as alternatives to burgers and fries. According to new Cornell University research, the most effective strategy for influencing such healthy food choices is not calorie counts […] Read more

Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

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Apr 22, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed, herbicides and genetically modified crops, a new Cornell University study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation.     Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the findings is […] Read more

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