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Harry Greene: A passion for 'icons of danger, life and death'

More than 40 years of snake hunting have taken Harry Greene, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, to 18 countries on six continents.

Slime-mold beetles named for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld -- but strictly in homage

U.S. President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld may not all get a library, airport or highway named after them. But each has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor.

Unlike other bats, vampire bats keep out of trouble by running, Cornell researchers find

Although most people think of bats as stealthy mammals that flit about in the night sky, at least one species has evolved a terrestrial trot never before seen in bats, according to a recent study.

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.

Robots that simulate life by walking with close-to-human efficiency described by researchers at Cornell, MIT and Delft

Robots that walk like human beings are common in science fiction but not so easy to make in real life. The most famous current example, the Honda Asimo, moves smoothly but on large, flat feet. And compared with a person, it consumes much more energy.

Kissing cousin or close kin? One sniff is all some animals need to tell difference, Cornell behavior researcher discovers

The tiny Belding's ground squirrels appear to be "kissing". Instead, they are sniffing to analyze secretions from facial scent glands, hoping to learn from the complex odor bouquet who is family and who's not. More remarkably, they are determining in a matter of seconds precisely who is close-enough kin to risk their lives helping -- and perhaps even whether they are too closely related to for mating. (March 22, 2002)

'Conservation at Home' is theme of Zoo and Wildlife Society's special species symposium at Cornell, April 20-22

The Zoo and Wildlife Society at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine will present its sixth Special Species Symposium April 20 to 22 for veterinary students, technicians, and veterinarians.

To protect against foot-and-mouth disease, Cornell animal science department bans visitors and unauthorized personnel at two facilities

Taking precautions to ensure that the cloven-hoofed animals at Cornell remain safe from foot-and-mouth disease, the Department of Animal Science has implemented a ban on guest visits to two animal research facilities.

Cornell researchers replace test tube with tiny silicon devices to rapidly measure, count and sort biological molecules

Researchers are using nanotechnology to build microscopic silicon devices with features comparable in size to DNA, proteins and other biological molecules -- to count molecules, analyze them, separate them, perhaps even work with them one at a time. The work is called 'nanofluidics.'