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Just add sun: McGovern startup converts CO2 into fuel

A greenhouse gas may soon get a public relations makeover, as Cornell startup Dimensional Energy has developed a way to add sunlight to carbon dioxide to create an environmentally friendly fuel.

With real-time decisions, Citi Bike breaks the cycle of empty stations

Cornell research has improved bike sharing in New York City, where a crowdsourcing system that makes real-time decisions helps make sure bikes are available when people need them.

Unraveling titanium dioxide’s self-cleaning ability

Melissa Hines, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and research collaborators in Vienna, Austria, have begun to explain the unique self-cleaning ability of titanium dioxide.

Training ‘immuno-engineers’ is goal of NIH grant

A new Cornell program will train graduate students interested in specializing in “immuno-engineering,” an emerging hybrid field that combines engineering and immunology.

Donald Holcomb, emeritus physics professor, dies at 92

Donald F. Holcomb, emeritus professor of physics and former chair of the Department of Physics and university trustee, died Aug. 9 at Kendal at Ithaca, at age 92. 

Creating open designs for complex computer chips

Christopher Batten, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and colleagues want to increase production of open-source computer hardware.

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Levitsky, Putnam, Quake elected professors-at-large

Political scientist Steven Levitsky, the Sundance Institute’s Keri Putnam and biomedical engineer Stephen Quake have joined the ranks of leading scholars and public intellectuals at Cornell as Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large.

Cryo-electron microscopy sheds new light on batteries

A collaboration involving researchers from physics and engineering used a new cryogenic microscopy technique to study the solid-liquid interface in lithium-metal batteries.

Campaign aims to bring climate science to every US high school

The Paleontological Research Institution and the university’s Sea Grant program raising funds to bring climate change science to every U.S. high school.