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Robert Smith's pledge to pay the college loan debt for the Morehouse College class of 2019 could trigger a positive social "contagion effect," says Michael Macy, a Cornell University professor who studies how behaviors spread on social networks.

Continued coverage of research from geochemist Esteban Gazel, showing a new way that volcanoes form. "After 50 years of people doing geochemical research on oceanic lavas, no one has found the signature we've found in Bermuda," says Gazel. "Sometimes, by luck, you just find something new and different."

Emin Gun Sirer, the co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts at Cornell University, is launching his own cryptocurrency coin and network with funding from some of the biggest venture capitalists in the field. 

Though natural gas emits less planet-warming carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels, the pipeline would have been "a step in the wrong direction", locking the country into a high-carbon future, says Robert Howarth, a professor at Cornell University. "New York should be a leader toward that transition" to renewables.”

Barry Strauss, a historian at Cornell University who specializes in leaders of the ancient world, sees real-world parallels to the Dragon Queen’s rain of fire in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones.

Cornell Law School professor George Hay says he wasn’t shocked by Kavanaugh’s decision. Hay explains the justice signaled during his ruling on the Anthem-Cigna merger as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that he would favor solutions in antitrust cases that would benefit consumers.

“If there are five votes to fully overturn Roe," says Cornell Law School professor Michael Dorf, "at least one of those, namely Roberts, is going to want to go slowly."

“When the labor market tightens, retail is one of the first industries to feel it,” says Hyunseob Kim, a professor of labor economics at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. “Retail workers tend to be generalists — what a Walmart worker does is similar to what a Macy’s worker does — so it’s easy for them to move from one employer to another.”

“Binance does not know the exact extent of the attack, yet they keep trading going,” says Emin Gün Sirer, codirector of Cornell University’s Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts. “This is a huge risk. Anyone can take highly risky positions, and if the trades turn sour, they can claim that it wasn't them, they were compromised by the hack.”

“It is a little bit different when you have someone in a jail or someone in temporary custody as opposed to someone in a prison,” says Jens David Ohlin, vice dean and professor at Cornell Law School. “If someone is in a prison, there is infirmary staff and well-developed services and care would be readily available then. Things are complicated when someone is in a jail.”

"Insects pollinators are unfortunately an excellent example of the problems caused by human activities," says Scott McArt, an entomology professor at Cornell University.

“That’s part of the allure of rural America — you have those strong bonds between family and friends that provide a safety net,” explains Dan Lichter, professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology.  “The other side is that those social connections for some people are being frayed.”