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Founders are important but ‘joiners’ strengthen startups

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Jun 11, 2015
ITHACA, NY — Growing interest in the startup culture has focused attention on company founders who often take great risks to launch new ventures. Until now, little was known about those who join founders to help develop and commercialize innovative new products. Business professors from Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology analyzed “joiners” […] Read more

$10M grant funds 5-year citrus greening research project

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Jun 8, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – To help develop a therapeutic treatment for citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that threatens the future of the U.S. citrus industry, the United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative has awarded a diverse group of researchers a $10 million grant. “We have put together a strong team of researchers […] Read more

Accentuate the positive when it comes to nutrition education

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Jun 8, 2015
Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/Hidden_Costs  ITHACA, N.Y. – If you want people to choose healthier foods, emphasize the positive, says a new Cornell University study. Published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Cornell […] Read more

Food labels nudge diners to eat healthier

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Jun 4, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell study of food labels in dining halls shows that when people know the calories and fat content in foods, they lean toward healthier fare. Despite municipal and federal legislation in the pipelines for large restaurants and dining facilities to put labels on their foods, there was very little hard data […] Read more

Leap of faith proves pollination can be honeybee free

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Jun 4, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – As the state’s land-grant institution, Cornell University was born to explore science for the public good – a mission that can sometimes require a leap of faith. Just such a leap is paying off now at Cornell Orchards in Ithaca, as researchers and managers from the Horticulture Section of the School of […] Read more

Bee warned – Study finds pesticides threaten native pollinators

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Jun 4, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – A new Cornell study of New York state apple orchards finds that pesticides harm wild bees, and fungicides labeled “safe for bees” also indirectly may threaten native pollinators. The research, published June 3 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, finds the negative effects of pesticides on wild bees lessens in proportion […] Read more

New Cornell resource helps farmers deal with climate variability

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Jun 2, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – New York farmers coping with extreme weather and climate variability now have a new resource at their disposal: Cornell University’s Climate Smart Farming Extension Team. Organized by Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA), in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), the cross-state team will provide growers with assistance and […] Read more

Leading Experts on Climate Change and Agriculture Offer New Resource to New York Farmers through Climate Smart Farming Extension Team

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May 29, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – New York farmers coping with extreme weather and climate variability now have a new resource at their disposal: Cornell University’s Climate Smart Farming Extension Team. Organized by Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA), in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), the cross-state team will provide growers with assistance and […] Read more

Extra DNA creates cucumber with all female flowers

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May 27, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Ask a plant researcher how the sex of a cucumber plant is determined and the person will tell you, “It’s complicated.” Depending on a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors, cucumbers can be seven different sexes. Some high-yield cucumber varieties produce only female flowers, and a new study identifies the gene […] Read more

N.Y. veggie growers plant cooperative fund to address challenges

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May 13, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s a new player at the table when it comes to supporting agricultural research in New York – and organizers are hoping their ante will encourage regional vegetable producers to place their bets on the industry’s future. Dubbed the “Agriculture Research Fund” by the group of processing vegetable growers from Western New […] Read more

When flying, taste buds prefer savory tomato

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May 13, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re planning to fly over the holiday, plan to drink some tomato juice. While examining how airplane noise affects the palate, Cornell University food scientists found sweetness suppressed and a tasty, tender tomato surprise: umami. A Japanese scientific term, umami describes the sweet, savory taste of amino acids such as glutamate […] Read more

New climate projections paint bleak future for tropical coral reefs

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May 4, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks, reports a team of researchers led by Cornell University scientists, published today (May 4) in Nature Climate Change. Download […] Read more

The key to reducing pain in surgery may already be in your hand

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Apr 29, 2015
Imagine a hand-held electronic device – accessible, portable and nearly universal – that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors the freedom to use less powerful and potentially risky medications to complement anesthesia. Now reach in your pocket, because chances are you already own one. According to new research from a team […] Read more

Dial up food safety information with free app

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Apr 2, 2015
Media note: Images of the app can be downloaded at, https://cornell.box.com/FoodKeeper ITHACA, N.Y. – For those who have wondered if Tuesday’s leftovers are still good, whether a chicken breast has been cooked to the correct temperature or how to keep food safe during a power outage, now there’s an app for that. Developed by Cornell University, the […] Read more

Winter runoff into streams on par with ocean salinity

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Apr 2, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Examining nearby creeks and outflows, Cornell students have found that the amount of road salt in winter and spring runoff that flushes into streams is of near-oceanic salinity levels, according to a new, unpublished report from Cornell’s Soil and Water Lab in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. The students found […] Read more

Project aims to grow local farms, shrink childhood obesity

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Mar 30, 2015
Cornell University nutritional scientists, supported by a grant announced March 26 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plan to test a recipe to lower childhood obesity while boosting the bottom line for farmers. The multistate project, funded at $1 million this year and expected to total $5 million over five years, seeks to increase access […] Read more

Three new alfalfa varieties combat beetles, leafhoppers, tricky soil

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Mar 11, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Dairy and other livestock farmers in the northern U.S. have three new alfalfa options this growing season – all pioneered by Cornell University researchers as a way to combat devastating pests, increase yields and improve forage quality. Developed by Donald Viands, a professor of plant breeding and genetics in the School of […] Read more

Disease-carrying fleas abound on New York City’s rats

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Mar 2, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry a flea species capable of transmitting plague pathogens. In research appearing March 2 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lead author Matthew Frye, an urban entomologist with Cornell University’s New York State Integrated […] Read more

‘Megadrought’ likely for western U.S. by end of century

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Feb 12, 2015
The consequences of climate change paint a bleak picture for the Southwest and much of America’s breadbasket, the Great Plains. A “megadrought” likely will occur late in this century, and it could last for three decades, according to a new report by Cornell University and NASA researchers in the journal Science Advances, published today. “The […] Read more

Algorithm tests your tweet skills using website created by Cornell scientists

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Feb 11, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – As countless political orators have demonstrated, it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Using automated text analysis, Cornell University researchers have identified an array of features that can make a tweet more likely to get attention, and have created a website that will predict which version of a […] Read more

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