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Grapes of gnash: Pomace, the residue of red winemaking, may help prevent tooth decay

New research shows that both red wine grapes and winemaking residue contain substances that may help prevent cavities by interfering with the ability of bacteria to contribute to cavities.

Arecibo astronomers prepare for asteroid closeup

The Arecibo Observatory will have its sights set on a newly discovered asteroid, 2007 TU24, next week as the object passes within 334,000 miles of Earth. (Jan. 25, 2008)

CU donates a record 82 tons of produce to area food banks

In 2007, Cornell's Homer C. Thompson Research Farm in Freeville donated a record 178,000 pounds -- or about 82 tons -- of fresh produce, more than double what the research farm gave away in 2004, to three local food banks. (Jan. 25, 2008)

A story about a wasp, a caterpillar and a fungus ends with more dominating female wasps

Understanding survival of a species can be a lot more complicated than meets the eye because ecosystems are so interrelated. In a recent study, a Cornell researcher discovered that host caterpillars that eat fungus-infected plants harbor more female than male wasp larvae by 2-to-1. (Jan. 23, 2008)

Honduran water plant designed by Cornell students is handed over to a grateful village

For 18 Cornell students who were spending Jan. 4 to 20 in Honduras working on water plants in small villages, it was perhaps the sweetest moment of all witnessing the ceremonial handover of a completed project. (Jan. 23, 2008)

The bride wore white and, maybe, less weight -- but study shows she may have gone to extremes for that svelte look

More than 70 percent of brides-to-be want to drop more than 20 pounds before the big day, reports a new Cornell study. Of those who want to lose weight, more than one-third use such extreme measures as diet pills, fasting or skipping meals to reach their goal.

Cornell partners with other schools to promote New York's solar energy industry

Cornell will join five other universities in providing research support to The Solar Energy Consortium. This research partnership between colleges and solar energy companies will help advance New York's solar industry. (Jan. 18, 2008)

Genetic discovery can boost the provitamin A content of Africa's maize

A new study has identified a set of genetic variants in maize that accounts for levels of vitamin A precursors among varieties. The discovery could lead to at least tripling provitamin A levels in maize in Africa, where millions go blind due to vitamin A deficiency. (Jan. 17, 2008)

Neutron stars can be more massive, while black holes are more rare, Arecibo Observatory finds

Neutron stars can be considerably more massive than previously believed, and it is more difficult to form black holes, according to new research developed by using the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. (Jan. 17, 2008)