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Dan Luo, professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering speaks about creating artificial materials out of DNA with 'lifelike' abilities.

Comparative literature professor Karen Pinkus expressed doubt about whether “traditional literary language or narrative” could do much to help address climate change. “Even if they might make people feel better for a time. There simply isn’t time,” she says.

Theoretical physicist Yuval Grossman comments on new findings of antimatter and matter "charm" quarks that sheds light on the question of what happened to the universe's anti-matter. It “does bring us closer to finding the answer because it shows one of the possible answers may not be the right one,” Grossman says.

The word "budget" can trigger negative associations, but renaming it to "cash flow plan" or "expense tracker" can change that. "When you think about it in that way, that's pretty easy to handle," says Vicki Bogan, associate professor of finance at SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.

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.”