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Built to last 90 days, the Mars rover Opportunity ends its mission after 15 years. Steve Squyres, the James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences and scientific principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers, speaks about the mission and its significance.

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Lisa Kaltenegger, who directs the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, has published the spectral characteristics of 137 microorganisms, including ones in extreme Earth environments that, on another planet, might be the norm. “For the first time, we’ll be able to collect enough light,” says Kaltenegger. “We’ll be able to figure things out.”

Susan Brown, professor of agriculture at CALS, explains that the decayed flesh of some apples seeps out after it's encased in ice, leaving hollowed-out casings of fruit that was never harvested.

Cornell economist Francine Blau says the new analysis was consistent with her own work. “The gender pay gap declined much more slowly at the top of the wage distribution than at the middle or bottom and, by 2010, was noticeably higher at the top,”Blau says.

Maulik Jagnani, a PhD student at Dyson who studies economics, argues that a single time zone leads to a decline in quality of sleep, especially of poor children. This, he says, ends up reducing the quality of their education.

“School districts and cities have been cutting back and cutting back and cutting back on putting money into the school system, and it’s reached a point where teachers just can’t do this anymore,” says Ileen DeVault, a labor historian at Cornell University.

"It's been known for quite a long time that male mosquitoes are drawn to the sound of the female's beating wings," says Ron Hoy, a neurobiologist at Cornell University and senior author of the study.