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Associate professor of computer science, Emin Gun Sirer, comments on Bancor’s performance.

Ornithologist Kevin McGowan explains the crow’s spooky reputation is pretty unwarranted. “I do try to tell people they’re not evil birds,” he says. “They’re just trying to make their way and do the best they can.”

An interview with Southeast Asia politics expert, Tom Pepinsky, on the growing religious intolerance in Indonesia.

Jens David Ohlin, a law professor and expert in international criminal law, comments on the criminal charges announced Monday against three former campaign aides to Donald Trump.

Op-ed by economics professor Robert Frank on how Tesla, by restricting the range of its cars or a reduced price, annoyed some critics, but ultimately was engaging in a common and beneficial practice.

Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy, examines recent examples of misogyny and sexism, and discusses how both can oppress women.

ILR automotive industry expert Art Wheaton says a Tesla manufacturing facility in China would help the company meet its current demand.

Ornithologist Kevin McGowan says it’s not unusual for birds to get rediscovered, in this larger story about finding a thought-to-be extinct pink-headed duck.

American studies professor Glenn Altschuler and former Cornell University president Kent Fuchs co-write this article about the enormous security costs associated with extremist hate speakers, and the challenge public universities face in granting access to speakers who are not affiliated with the institution. 

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.”