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Cornell farmer programs aid veterans, receives USDA grant

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Feb 2, 2015
A well-established agricultural outreach effort run by Cornell University is taking on a new mission designed in part to help returning veterans find futures in farming, thanks to a grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, part of the Cornell Small Farms Program, was awarded $712,500 through the […] Read more

Fight fat with favorable feedback, not fear

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Jan 29, 2015
Is it better to tell people about the harms of certain health decisions or about the benefits of positive health related decisions? That depends on who you are talking to, according to recent research by the Cornell Food & Brand Lab. Published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, the paper finds that the type of health […] Read more

Is this the year you join the 1 percent?

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Jan 28, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Here is some good news: There is a 1-in-9 chance that a typical American will hit the jackpot and join the wealthiest 1 percent for at least one year during his or her working life, according to new research by Tom Hirschl, professor of development sociology at Cornell University, and Mark Rank […] Read more

Probiotic helps treat diabetes in rats, could lead to human remedy

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Jan 27, 2015
Science may be one step closer to treating diabetes with a human probiotic pill, according to new Cornell University research. In the study, published Jan. 27 in the journal Diabetes, the researchers engineered a strain of lactobacillus, a human probiotic common in the gut, to secrete a Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). They then administered it […] Read more

Researchers show which TV ads are likely to make viewers buy online

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Jan 20, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – One of the emerging fears of television advertisers is that distracted viewers – those increasingly frenetic “multi taskers” using smartphones, laptops and tablets while viewing television – are becoming less susceptible to advertisers’ messages. Or are they? Results of a new study by researchers at Cornell, Harvard and the University of California, […] Read more

Cornell University works to help military family service professionals across America

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Jan 20, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), has been selected to continue and expand its work serving military family service professionals around the world, receiving a Department of Defense/USDA grant that will further its success. Cornell University Cooperative Extension faculty member Keith Tidball is working with the Military Families Learning Network to lead […] Read more

Bacteria Be Gone! New Technology Keeps Bacteria From Sticking to Surfaces

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Jan 16, 2015
Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for chefs, a new type of nanoscale surface that bacteria can’t stick to holds promise for applications in the food processing, medical and even shipping industries. The technology, developed collaboratively by researchers from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, uses an electrochemical process called anodization […] Read more

Social media helps world show solidarity, resist fear after terror attacks

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Jan 14, 2015
Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University who studies human dynamics through social media and is co-author of the study “The Ripple of Fear, Sympathy and Solidarity During the Boston Bombings,” says reactions to Boston and Paris terror attacks show social media solidarity as a powerful weapon against fear. Margolin says: “There are […] Read more

Apple Breeder known for SnapDragon and RubyFrost varieties named Director of Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

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Jan 12, 2015
Susan K. Brown, the Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was made the Goichman Family Director of New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, NY on January 2, 2015. Having served as associate director since July 1, 2013, Brown’s administrative accomplishments include leading the NYSAES strategic planning process, in concert […] Read more

Clearing the ‘cloud hanging over climate science’

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Dec 8, 2014
There is cloud hanging over climate science, but one Cornell University expert on communication and environmental issues says he knows how to help clear the air. In the December issue of Nature Climate Change, Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication, argues that only by creating a “science of climate diversity” can climate science and the […] Read more

Densovirus named top suspect in devastating sea star wasting disease

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Nov 17, 2014
Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger an unprecedented ecological upheaval under the […] Read more

Cornell’s rare corpse plant to bloom … again

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Nov 17, 2014
Though a rose smells sweet no matter what it is called, Cornell’s rare corpse plant stinks like rotting flesh in spite of its many names. Also known as titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), the plant bloomed for the first time in March 2012, attracting more than 10,000 visitors over five days and is expected to bloom […] Read more

Gut bacteria: How genes determine the fit of your jeans

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Nov 6, 2014
Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a Cornell-led study published today in the journal Cell. By studying pairs of twins, researchers identified the Christensenellaceae bacterial family, which is highly heritable and more common in lean individuals. Moreover, a member […] Read more

Proposed Geneva solar array conjures electrifying future

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Nov 5, 2014
Continuing an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Cornell is proposing a 10-acre solar farm on university property in the town of Seneca, New York, where the university conducts agricultural research. The proposed 2-megawatt solar farm will offset nearly 40 percent of the annual demand of Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, […] Read more

Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust in products

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Oct 17, 2014
Beware of trivial graphs and formulas, warns new research from Cornell University. Published this week in Public Understanding of Science, the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study found trivial graphs or formulas accompanying medical information can lead consumers to believe products are more effective. “Your faith in science may actually make you more likely to trust […] Read more

Partisan lenses: Beauty lies in your political affiliation

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Oct 17, 2014
Have you ever noticed you find your candidate for political office more attractive than the opponent? New research from Cornell University shows you’re not the only one.   “We showed pictures of familiar and unfamiliar political leaders to voters in two different samples and found that familiarity and partisanship each significantly influenced how candidates were […] Read more

Southwest may face ‘megadrought’ this century

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Aug 27, 2014
Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century. The study by Cornell University, University of Arizona […] Read more

Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

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Aug 20, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new Cornell study. Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron levels as compared with teens who […] Read more

Boor joins board of food, agriculture research foundation

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Jul 30, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of food science, has been appointed to a five-year term on the inaugural board of directors of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an independent nonprofit corporation created under the 2014 […] Read more

When you clean your plate, you just add weight

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Jul 23, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re a member of the Clean Plate Club – you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate – you’re not alone.  A new Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever is on his/her plate. “If you put it on your plate, it’s going […] Read more

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