Collaboration across (baseball) fields leads to Amazonian rivers

An ambitious project that deploys big data and uses machine learning to understand the ecological impacts of hydropower dams in the Amazon Basin started in a mundane enough setting: on the sidelines at youth baseball games. Conversations initially sparked when they were parents at local games ultimately led Alex Flecker,…

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Roundtable chews on opportunities, trends in the food business

The business of food was on the table recently at a conference of food industry leaders hosted by the School of Hotel Administration. Topics ranged from the intersection of technology and restaurants to trends in food retailing and the movement to eliminate tipping. “The idea of the roundtable was to…

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Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

In the year 2100, 2 billion people – about one-fifth of the world’s population – could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell research the journal Land…

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The social media economy benefits few, new book suggests

Fashion bloggers and Instagrammers seem to enjoy a coveted lifestyle, with jet-setting to exotic locales, couture clothing furnished by designers and countless other caption-worthy experiences. Yet the attention lavished on these so-called “influencers” draws attention away from a much larger class of social media content creators: those who aspire to…

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At Dairy Center of Excellence event, milk is champ

For most of us, milk is our first food, containing everything a growing mammal needs. Those nutritional benefits should be harnessed beyond infancy and into every stage of life, according to the Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence, which held its second annual symposium, “Dairy Nutrition for Every Age and Stage,”…

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Group’s measuring tool probes solar-cell materials

Next-generation solar cells made from organic compounds hold great promise in meeting future energy needs, but researchers are still striving to gain a deep understanding of the materials involved – including the efficiency with which they convert light into mobile charge, known as photocapacitance. A Cornell research group led by John…

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NYC workshop tackles how to build sustainable cities

Deteriorating infrastructure, rising seas and more frequent extreme weather events are challenging today’s engineers, architects and urban planners like never before. On May 23, more than 60 people gathered at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning’s (AAP) studio space in New York City to consider how built environments can…

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