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Secrets of whales' long-distance songs are being unveiled by U.S. Navy's undersea microphones -- but sound pollution threatens

For nearly nine years Cornell University researcher Christopher Clark has been listening to whale songs and calls in the North Atlantic using the navy's antisubmarine listening system.

Ethanol fuel from corn faulted as 'unsustainable subsidized food burning' in analysis by Cornell scientist

Neither increases in government subsidies to corn-based ethanol fuel nor hikes in the price of petroleum can overcome what one Cornell University agricultural scientist calls a fundamental input-yield problem: It takes more energy to make ethanol from grain than the combustion of ethanol produces. (August 7, 2001)

Researchers learn what it takes to make the bluebird of happiness happy

Sixteen years of hard work and setbacks have taught Professor Emeritus Richard B. Fischer what it takes to make the bluebird of happiness happy: Location, location, location. And a few amenities.

Toxic pollen from widely planted, genetically modified corn can kill monarch butterflies, Cornell study shows

An increasingly popular commercial corn, genetically engineered to produce a bacterial toxin to protect against corn pests, has an unwanted side effect: Its pollen kills monarch butterfly larvae in laboratory tests, according to a report by Cornell University researchers.

Alien animals, plants and microbes cost U.S. $123 billion a year, Cornell ecologists report

A few bad actors among the more than 30,000 non-indigenous species in the United States cost $123 billion a year in economic losses, Cornell University ecologists estimate. "It doesn't take many trouble-makers to cause tremendous damage," Cornell ecologist David Pimentel.

U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, Cornell ecologist advises animal scientists

From one ecologist's perspective, the American system of farming grain-fed livestock consumes resources far out of proportion to the yield, accelerates soil erosion, affects world food supply and will be changing in the future.

Thanks to April Fools' Nor'easter, parts of New England acquire new monthly snowfall-total records

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Mother Nature had its own April Fools' prank in store for the Northeast -- it took only the first day of this month to record the snowiest April ever for Boston, Worcester, Mass., and Providence, R.I., according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. "Certainly, it was a very significant storm," said Keith Eggleston, climatologist at the center, describing what is being called the Great April Fools' Day Storm of 1997. It took only hours for a powerful Nor'easter to dump enough snow on many Northeastern locations to start setting records. "If this storm had occurred in any part of winter, it would have been a significant storm."