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For arid, Mars-like desert, rain brings death

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death, according to an international team of planetary astrobiologists.

Two-step training helps robots interpret human language

To help robots understand human language when navigating, researchers divided their task into two separate stages: first, interpreting the language in a command and mapping out a path; and then executing the trip.

‘Lost’ lecture by Carl Sagan released in honor of his birthday

The Carl Sagan Institute is honoring Carl Sagan's 84th birthday by releasing a “lost” lecture Sagan delivered in 1994 at the symposium in honor.

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Carrying out Ezra Cornell’s vision in teaching, research, practices

Faculty members discussed “Celebrating 150 Years of Ezra Cornell’s Promise: Reflections on What ‘…Any Person …Any Study’ Means” Oct. 30.

Panelists discuss infrastructure and technology

The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy’s “Infrastructure and Technology” event Oct. 29 drew experts looking at the future of cities.

A&S dean describes ‘extraordinary age of discovery’ at TCAM

Ray Jayawardhana shared his enthusiasm for astronomy’s “extraordinary age of discovery” with Cornell’s Trustee Council in a keynote address at its Annual Meeting Nov. 2.

Cornell Neurotech Symposium explores brain research

Three neuroscientists discussed brain science at the third annual Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Symposium Sept. 27.

Eight faculty honored with Weiss teaching awards

Eight faculty members have received Stephen H. Weiss Awards for excellence in their teaching of undergraduate students and contributions to undergraduate education.

Arts and Sciences faculty approves new undergrad curriculum

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences approved a new undergraduate curriculum for students. Plans will soon be underway to implement it.