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Watching for hummers

By mid-September, most people have taken in their hummingbird feeders for the season. But every now and then a late hummer turns up in New York – even as late as December. The only hummingbird that breeds locally is the ruby-throated hummingbird, and they migrate south during times of richest food resources. Late fall stragglers […]


Dapper strollers take the air on Central Avenue, circa 1890.

Maple tree clones speed growth

Cornell’s Sugar Maple Program clones trees by cutting a branch of the parent tree, treating and replanting it. A tree produced from a seed takes more than 20 years to produce its own seeds, whereas a tree produced by root cuttings can produce seeds in just three or four years. The Sugar Maple Program is […]

Freedom fighters

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” “The Golden Compass.” “And Tango Makes Three.” “The Chocolate War.” Without librarians, those titles – some of the most-challenged books of 2007 by would-be censors – might have been taken off shelves forever. The American Library Association’s 27th annual Banned Books Week, celebrated during the last week of September, reminds […]

Home, Yuri

For many car enthusiasts, some of the greatest classics ever built include the Porsche 911, Chevy Corvette, Ford Mustang, BMW 2002, Dodge Charger, Land Rover Series III, Toyota Land Cruiser and the Jaguar XJ-S. But how about the Lada/ Zhiguli 2101 Sedan, VAZ Volga M-24 or Chaika M-13? Never heard of them? You are not […]

Round and round we go

Cornell now has the distinction of holding the Guinness world record for the most people to carry a baton 100 meters in a continuous relay. The old record of 801 people fell Sept. 13 in Barton Hall. Also taking place were a variety of events held in connection with Greek Week that entertained area children. […]

Big Red fruit

Cortland and Empire apples were introduced by Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva; Cortland in 1898, Empire in 1966. Empire apples are sweet and tart, juicy and have a crisp, creamy white fresh. hey are good for sauce, baking, pies and freezing. Cortland apples are sweet with a hint of tartness, juicy […]

They’re off and running

The Cornell men’s and women’s cross country teams, fresh off their season-opening dual-meet wins over Army, are both ranked fifth in the Northeast Region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Big Red men trail only Iona, Providence, Syracuse and Dartmouth. The women’s team is the top ranked Ivy League […]

Hoffman goes off the grid

Cornell Outdoor Education’s Hoffman Challenge Course (HCC) has a new solar photovoltaic system that powers its lighting, computers, audiovisual technology and a small refrigerator. The system enables HCC facilities to be used at night. The photovoltaic cells generate up to 2,000 watt hours per day, three days a week, year-round and has the potential to […]

Green in the red

Kiwi Magazine’s September/October issue has placed Cornell University among the top 50 American schools with strong sustainability efforts. The magazine’s “Green College Report: 50 schools that will help your kids help the planet,” notes: “One of the university’s many environmental groups, student organization Kyoto NOW!, was instrumental in the university’s recent decision to move toward […]

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