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An article describing how the role of China’s state sector has grown under President Xi Jinping, and a disconnect between the president’s words and a report from China’s National Bureau of Statistics, quotes Dyson economist and China expert Eswar Prasad: “Financial stresses that continue to build up in the background can be kept at bay for at least a little longer.”

Article about the ‘windshield phenomenon’ – the link between flying insect populations and the number of blotches on a windshield – notes an alarming drop in insect populations. Entomologist John Losey notes that wild insects provide $57 million worth of custodial services in the U.S. each year through activities such as pollination of crops and preying on pests.

Article about the harmful impact of night-time urban lighting on migrating birds notes Lab of Ornithology research and quotes Cornell ornithologist Andrew Farnsworth: “Light is a powerful stimulus. . . Also think of ​what happens when you get very close to such a powerfully intense light—it can become disorienting to perceive much beyond the bright. It seems plausible, without ascribing human traits to birds here, that there may be similar sorts of experiences that attract and disorient birds.”

An article about the impact of childhood trauma on long-term psychological issues quotes Christopher Wildeman, associate professor of policy analysis and management, notes that such trauma, “is among the most important things that shapes addictive and criminal behavior in adulthood.”

Coverage of new research by a team of Cornell University material science engineers who devised a method for precisely transforming stretchable 2-D objects into 3-D shapes with the aid of octopus expert Roger Hanlon.

Article about a conspiracy of silence to cover up widespread workplace sexual harassment in the entertainment industry quotes conflict resolution expert Alexander Colvin, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of conflict resolution at the ILR School.

Cornell horticulture professor Steve Reiners says the pumpkin crop this season is benefiting from the dry, warm weather in September. The dry conditions helped ripen the crop and minimized pumpkin diseases.

Feature on how political scientists are studying the Trump presidency. It features a recent paper by government professor Suzanne Mettler which is “an outgrowth of a workshop Mettler, an Americanist, and colleagues held at Cornell in June to promote dialogue across political science subfields -- a central message of the new paper.”

CALS plant disease specialist Karen Snover-Clift talks about the dangers of oak wilt disease, which is killing trees in Brooklyn, Long Island and other parts of New York.

Kathryn Boor’s , dean of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, authored this op-ed in support of the federal Farm Bill. Dean Boor’s op-ed makes the case for the connection between food-science funding and food safety for consumers.

Robert Frank, professor of economics at the SC Johnson College of Business, pens this op-ed about the interesting human tendency to underestimate the role pure luck plays in success.

Ron Crystal, a pulmonary physician at Weill Cornell Medicine, is featured in this piece for his work to create a vaccine for cocaine addiction.