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Lisa Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute, discusses why the work of the Nobel Prize winners of physics is so important and what their work means for the search for alien life 

“There’s no way you can insulate the political process from those concentrations of criminal wealth,” says Ken Roberts, professor of government. “It has a highly, highly distortionary and disruptive effect on democratic politics.”

Jens David Ohlin says, “In this case, impeachment is the ultimate constitutional tool — a blunt tool but a tool nonetheless — for pushing back against a non-compliant executive branch.”

Lisa Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute comments on the work of the winners of the Nobel Prize in physics and the chances of finding life in space.

“I don’t really see repayment happening, but (the federal government) is leaving its options open,” says Joshua Macey, visiting assistant professor of law. “If Blackjewel goes away, the government will not be able to recover money from Blackjewel and will have to try to get paid from (purchasers or creditors). This is very hard to do.”

“President Trump has failed to build a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigrants, but he has effectively built an invisible wall to keep out legal immigrants,” says Steve Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law.

Glenn Altschuler writes this opinion piece on the damage Trump’s rhetoric has on his presidency and politics, generally.

Andre Kessler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, published a new study finding that goldenrod plants communicate through airborne chemicals when they are in danger. 

Ross Knepper, assistant professor in the department of computer science, says anthropomorphizing of a robot is normal “something the brain automatically tries to do.”

Cornell’s new course “Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry” created by Caryln Buckler is mentioned as one of the few courses available at U.S. institutions about to the cannabis industry.

“It is a boom and bust time for EB-5,” says Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law. “I expect a steep drop in filings after November 21, as fewer investors can afford to invest.”

“No one ever wins in a strike. It’s a matter of how much blood you want to lose,” says Arthur Wheaton, director of the Western NY Labor and Environmental Programs at the Worker Institute.