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'Slow, insidious' soil erosion threatens human health and welfare as well as the environment, Cornell study asserts

Around the world, soil is being swept and washed away 10 to 40 times faster than it is being replenished, destroying cropland the size of Indiana every year, reports a new Cornell University study.

Moving loons change their tunes

Bird experts believed for years that once a bird learned songs, the calls stayed relatively fixed throughout their lives, but a new study of loons, streamlined fish-eating water birds, calls those beliefs into question. (March 7, 2006)

Q&A: Larry Walker calls for a 'Manhattan Project' for energy in biofuels

Kevin Stearns/University PhotographyBehind Professor Larry Walker is a large bale of switchgrass, one of several possible alteernative fuel sources. Copyright © Cornell UniversityIn his State of the Union speech last month, U.S…

Elvis the mystery bird has searchers scouring Arkansas habitats for signs of roosts, nests or stripped bark

The Big Woods of Arkansas provides rare suitable habitat for the ivory-billed woodpecker, including old-growth forest that was decimated from the southern United States after the Civil War. (December 22, 2005)

Lab of Ornithology launches new search for elusive ivory-billed woodpecker's roost

On Dec. 12, officials from Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Nature Conservancy and other agencies held a press conference at a hunting lodge outside of Brinkley, Ark., to announce that a new search for the Ivory-billed woodpecker was now in full swing. (December 13, 2005)

Cornell's Drinkwater and Wolf head up federal study on how responses to agricultural pollution target the problem

Laurie Drinkwater of Cornell University is leading a $1.6 million, multi-institution National Science Foundation study to determine the correlation between biogeochemical processes in agriculture pollution and institutional responses to the problem. (December 13, 2005)

Biofortified, iron-rich rice improves the nutrition of women, study by Cornell researcher shows for the first time

In the first study to test people who eat foods that have been bred for higher-than-normal concentrations of micronutrients, nutritional sciences professor Jere Haas and colleagues found that the iron status of women who ate iron-rich rice was 20 percent higher than those who ate traditional rice. (November 29, 2005)

And you thought home energy bills were getting steep ...

Higher energy prices, which have been affecting Cornell since July, are expected to continue through the winter. Members of the Cornell community are asked to help out by saving electricity. (November 29, 2005)

Award granted to work toward developing filters against avian flu and SARS

Juan Hinestroza, assistant professor of textiles and apparel at Cornell University, has won a James D. Watson Investigator Award for $200,000 over two years from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research to develop nanofibers capable of filtering out viruses, bacteria and hazardous nanoparticles. (November 29, 2005)