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Arecibo telescope finds critical ingredients for the soup of life in a galaxy far, far away

Astronomers from Cornell's Arecibo Observatory radio telescope have detected the molecules methanimine and hydrogen cyanide -- two ingredients that build life-forming amino acids -- in a galaxy some 250 light years away. (Jan. 14, 2008)

Chaos and commerce: Researchers find that Colombia's violence has damaged the nation's economic growth

Wesley Sine and Shon Hiatt have spent the last few years studying the impact of violence on the small-business climate of Colombia, concluding that instability directly affects entrepreneurs' ability to prosper. (Jan. 10, 2008)

Cornell to study garbage truck traffic in Tompkins County

At the request of the Upstate Citizens Safety Task Force, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs will conduct a study on the impact of heavy trucks transporting garbage along New York State Route 89. (Jan. 10, 2008)

Nano gridiron: CU physicists create tiny trophy to be awarded on Super Bowl Sunday

The prize in the 'Nano Bowl' contest, which challenges entrants to create short videos about the physics of football, will award the world's smallest trophy, made by Cornell University nanotechnology experts. (Jan. 9, 2008)

Research sheds light on the mechanics of gene transcription

While some reports have suggested that activated genes move to a specific nuclear location for transcription, Cornell research supports the traditional view that gene activation is not dependent on movement to special locations, or so-called 'transcription factories.'

Engineering's Rick Johnson helps museum apply a gallery of technology to authenticate art masterpieces

Engineering's Rick Johnson helps apply technology to authenticate art. He links historians and signal processors to spot forgeries among masters. (Jan. 8, 2008)

CU's newly patented purplish 'lily' blooms all summer long

Mauve Majesty is a new pink ornamental, developed by Professor Mark Bridgen and patented by Cornell, that can bloom all summer long in the cooler, northern states until the first hard freeze in the fall. (Jan. 4, 2008)

Cornell engineering physics is ranked No. 1 for third straight year by U.S. News and World Report

For undergraduates looking for the top program in engineering physics, Cornell is the best place to go, according to U.S. News and World Report. In overall rankings for 2008, Cornell tied for 12th best. (Aug. 17, 2007)

Mercury has molten core, Cornell researcher shows

Newly released data -- from 21 delicately timed observations at three telescopes taken over five years -- yields the strongest evidence to date that Mercury has a molten core, reports Jean-Luc Margot in Science. (May 3, 2007)