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Oceanic plastic trash conveys disease to coral reefs

An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash – ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans – intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril.

Bright LED dairy cases speed off-flavors in skim milk

As grocery stores save energy by changing their dairy cases from fluorescent to LED lighting, Cornell researchers have found that milk – particularly fat-free milk – becomes more susceptible to off-flavors from LED light than from standard fluoresence.

CORALS scholars to explore health of Pacific waters

This spring, six undergraduate students will toss away wool socks, surrender winter coats and flee the Northeast’s slushy roads to gauge ocean health along the Hawaiian and Washington state coasts.

Christopher Dunn to chair new national conservation group

Christopher Dunn, executive director of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, will be the inaugural chair of the new U.S. National Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Gifts create new Arts and Sciences professorships

Four new alumni gifts have helped the College of Arts and Sciences create three new professorships and fund a new graduate student position.

Lynden Archer to lead Cornell Energy Systems Institute

Lynden Archer, professor of chemical and biolomolecular engineering, is the new director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute.

French president taps climate scientist to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

Louis Derry, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, has won a grant from the French government to conduct climate research in France.

Leaf doctor makes the rounds

Leaf doctor is a free app developed by Cornell and University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers that analyzes a photograph of a damaged leaf or fruit and quantifies the percentage and severity of disease visible.

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Digital agriculture tech Adapt-N nets $1M Tulane prize

Adapt-N, a team from Cornell, was awarded the $1 million grand prize from the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge Dec. 14 in New Orleans.