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Dairy farmers, keep flies guessing by alternating pesticides

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Jul 1, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Old-fashioned fly swatters may be the most foolproof housefly killer, but for dairy farms, insecticides are the practical choice. Flies spread disease and a host of pathogens that cost farms hundreds of millions of dollars in annual losses. Unfortunately, with the repeated use of the same insecticides, flies develop resistance through genetic […] Read more

Are your food fears founded in science?

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Jun 30, 2014
From the grocery aisle to the TV dial, health and safety claims about foods and their ingredients are dominating conversation, often scaring consumers away from many products and ingredients. The new Cornell University study, “Ingredient-based food fears and avoidance: antecedents and antidotes” published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, investigated food fears – why […] Read more

N.Y. Sen. Nozzolio secures $3.4M to bolster food research at Cornell

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Jun 26, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – To spur local job creation and to gain an edge in agricultural research, New York state Sen. Michael Nozzolio (R-54th Dist.) has secured $3.4 million in state funding to help create a state-of-the-art facility supporting food entrepreneurs at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York. The funds […] Read more

Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals

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Jun 25, 2014
MEDIA NOTE: Images and video are available at:  https://cornell.box.com/Colloid ITHACA, N.Y. – The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell University researchers have found. Previous research has shown 10 to 40 […] Read more

Maybe Birds Can Have It All: Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs

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Jun 18, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – A study of one of the world’s largest and most colorful bird families has dispelled a long-held notion, first proposed by Charles Darwin, that animals are limited in their options to evolve showiness. The study – the largest of its kind – was published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society […] Read more

Former athletes finish first in race for top jobs

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Jun 17, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Whether you were a quarterback or point guard, past participation in competitive team sports marks you as a winner in the competition for better jobs, according to a new Cornell University study. Media Note: Paper is available at http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/sports_at_work “Participation in competitive youth sports ‘spills over’ to occupationally advantageous traits that persist across a […] Read more

“Disappointed” researchers find lack of political voices on Twitter

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Jun 13, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Social scientists’ analysis of 290,119,348 tweets from 193,522 “politically engaged” Twitter users during the 2012 presidential campaign conventions and debates found little creative thinking, and a slavish blitz of retweeting “elites” like @billmaher and @seanhannity, according to a new study. “Frankly, we’re rather disappointed,” says Cornell University’s Drew Margolin. “Social media has […] Read more

Emotional contagion sweeps Facebook, finds new study

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Jun 13, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – When it hasn’t been your day – your week, your month, or even your year – it might be time to turn to Facebook friends for a little positive reinforcement. According to a new study by social scientists at Cornell University, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Facebook, emotions can […] Read more

Leading the whey – Cornell at forefront of dairy safety outreach

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Jun 12, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Any way you slice it, brine it or age it, Cornell’s Food Science Dairy Extension Program faculty and professionals are helping New York cheesemakers and dairy producers provide safe, high-quality products for consumers. “The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Food Science are committed to working with federal […] Read more

Famine fear won’t sway minds on GM crops

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Jun 11, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – A sack-hauling time traveler from the 21st century lands in an Irish potato field in 1849, just before a terrible famine, and asks: If you thought genetically modified potatoes could avert late blight disease, spare a million countrymen from starvation and keep another million from emigrating off the Emerald Isle, would you […] Read more

Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops

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Jun 11, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – With news reports of toxic, cadmium-tainted rice in China, a new study describes a protein that transports metals in certain plants and holds promise for developing iron-rich but cadmium-free crops. Iron and cadmium are both found in soil and are interchangeably taken up by iron transporters in plants. Pollution and heavy fertilizer […] Read more

‘Critical zone’ study expands with $1.4M NSF award

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Jun 9, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – The study of what earth scientists call the “critical zone” – the area where rock, water, soil, organisms and the atmosphere meet – is expanding with a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Cornell. The NSF’s Critical Zone Observatory program, started in 2007 with three sites, supports a network of […] Read more

Cornell launches new School of Integrative Plant Science with $35M investment

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Jun 6, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Plant and soil scientists at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been sowing the seeds of sustainability, food security and improved human health for more than a century. A new initiative will help position the college for the future and create a new face for the plant and soil […] Read more

School gardens weed out couch potatoes while sprouting fit kids

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Jun 3, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Planting a school garden into elementary school activities can teach about nutrition while boosting physical activity and exercise. A two-year Cornell University study of 12 elementary schools in New York state finds that children at schools with gardens were more physically active at school than before their schools had gardens. What’s more, […] Read more

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns

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May 14, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – As the shale gas boom continues, the atmosphere receives more methane, adding to Earth’s greenhouse gas problem. Robert Howarth, greenhouse gas expert and ecology and environmental biology professor, fears that we may not be many years away from an environmental tipping point – and disaster. “We have to control methane immediately, and […] Read more

Beer foam secrets tapped in new study

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May 14, 2014
Media Note: A short video featuring Karl Siebert explaining the research is available here.   ITHACA, N.Y. – It’s an unlikely beer-drinking toast: “Here’s to L-T-P-One!” Yet, the secret to optimal foam in the head of a freshly poured brew, according to Cornell food science research, is just the right amount and kind of barley […] Read more

Threats seen to 3 billion birds in vast Canadian forest

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May 8, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Industrial encroachment in North America’s 1.5 billion-acre boreal forest could endanger billions of birds and other species.  A new report calls for saving half of boreal forest acreage to protect the habitat for more than 300 migratory bird species. The northern landscape is beset with oil, gas, mining and other industrial hazards […] Read more

Cornell Students a Triple Threat at World Series of Birding

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May 6, 2014
Teams compete in multiple divisions to raise funds for undergraduate research  ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hosting 15 students on 3 birding teams, competing in three divisions at the World Series of Birding in Cape May, New Jersey on Saturday, May 10. This triple threat of ace […] Read more

Small Birds Capitalize on Weather Patterns During Epic Migrations

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May 6, 2014
Concept of migration flyways gets an update for small terrestrial birds  ITHACA, N.Y. – In one of the greatest feats of endurance in the biological world, millions of tiny songbirds — many weighing less than an ounce — migrate thousands of miles to Central and South America each year. Now scientists are finding out how […] Read more

A cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away

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May 6, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. – Coffee drinkers, rejoice! Aside from java’s energy jolt, food scientists say you may reap another health benefit from a daily cup of joe: prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes. Raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 […] Read more

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