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Andrew Farnsworth, a migration biologist, agrees with the findings of a bird migration study – that migratory patterns are based on “vegetation translated into energy.”  Amanda Rodewald, professor of Ornithology, adds that migratory patterns are also impacted by the birds’ efforts to avoid predators and dangerous habitats.

Associate professor, Esteban Gazel, who studies volcanoes explains the gases are released from magma when the pressure of the earth is no longer able to contain them and inhaling the gas is dangerous because it turns into an acid when it comes in contact with the upper respiratory tract.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday his administration supports opening four supervised injection facilities in New York City. The piece mentions a related study conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine which found such facilities could save as many as 130 lives and reduce costs to the city's health care system by as much as $7 million.

President Martha E. Pollack has initiated reforms to Greek life at Cornell. In a message to the campus community May 4, she outlined a series of changes that will take effect – some immediately – through fall 2021. The announced reforms follow the release of the university’s decision to uphold the suspension of Sigma Nu fraternity for three years for hazing violations.

There are no good alternatives to free expression, write Cornell professors Wendy M. Williams and Stephen J. Ceci, who draw on their recent research on bias and reasoning to suggest paths forward for higher education.

Feature piece about the development of Concord grape in New York state. Cornell University has developed a yet-to-be-named seedless Concord-style table grape with very large berries that could command higher prices.

Article about the effect that the cold, wet spring has had on regional agriculture and farmers. Steve Reiners, professor of horticulture at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell University, says "One good thing about the consistently cold weather is the fruit crop."

British forestry officials are warning parts of London about an invasion of caterpillars whose long white hairs can trigger allergic reactions in humans. “At best, you can get contact dermatitis. At worst, you can die,” said Jason J. Dombroskie, manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection and coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab in Ithaca.

“Browsing really beautifully and artfully curated furnishings inside a store is one thing. Being able to interact with them when you’re staying in a hotel, it’s a completely different story,” says Helen Chun, associate professor of services marketing at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

"This case has everything: weighty constitutional issues, complex statutory questions, and a fight over whether there are any real limits on a president’s power to control immigration," says Cornell University law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.

Sarah Kreps, a drone expert and an associate professor at Cornell University’s Department of Government, explains that militant groups are adapting their tactics just like major powers.

Robert Hockett, a professor at Cornell University Law School, discusses a $1 billion fine to be paid by Wells Fargo to the CFPB and the OCC to settle allegations that its auto-lending and mortgage businesses abused consumers.