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Ancient 'Out of Africa' migration left stamp on European genetic diversity, Cornell-led study finds

A Cornell-led study that compared more than 10,000 sequenced genes from 15 African-Americans and 20 European-Americans suggests that European populations have more harmful variations. (Feb. 20, 2008)

Replacing bulk with nanotechnology, researchers find new way to keep fiber-optic signal sharp

Cornell researchers have demonstrated that fiber-optic signals can be amplified and sharpened on a single photonic microchip, replacing bulky bundles of fiber or electronic amplifiers. (Feb. 19, 2008)

Novel X-ray detector to provide 'new eyes' into matter will be built with $2.19 million Keck grant

Cornell scientists have received a $2.19 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for developing a portable X-ray detector, which will serve as a novel set of 'eyes' for observing dynamic matter. (Feb. 19, 2008)

Ray Wu, Cornell's acclaimed pioneer of genetic engineering and developer of widely grown, hardy rice, dies at 79

Ray J. Wu, Cornell professor of molecular biology and genetics, who developed the first method for sequencing DNA and some of the fundamental tools for DNA cloning, died at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca Feb. 10. (Feb. 14, 2008)

Inventor wins IPM award for rugged farm weather stations

John Leggett, of Canterbury, N.H., received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Award from the New York State IPM Program at Cornell for development of automated weather instruments. (Feb. 14, 2008)

A new, sharply tuned nanoresonator can detect gas pressure at molecular level

Cornell researchers have made nanoresonators with a record high quality factor, or 'Q,' that can detect minute changes in mass or gas pressure. (Feb. 13, 2008)

Robert Brown to step down as NAIC director

After more than five years at the helm, Robert L. Brown will step down as director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Cornell, which manages the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. (Feb. 13, 2008)

Arecibo Observatory astronomers discover first near-Earth triple asteroid just 7 million miles away

The first near-Earth triple asteroid was discovered this week by astronomers using the radar telescope at Arecibo Observatory. The objects, which are rotating around each other, are about 7 million miles from Earth. (Feb. 13, 2008)

Cornell engineering students break down science of water plant technology for Hondurans

Engineering students on the AguaClara Project Team pitched the idea of a water plant to the town of Ciudad Espana during the students' two-week stay in Honduras, Jan. 4-20. (Feb. 13, 2008)