Swelling colloids could fix short circuits in geothermal wells

Swelling colloids – mixtures, such as milk and paint, in which particles are suspended in a substance and which can grow up to 100 times larger under certain temperatures – could be used to fix flow pathways in underground geothermal systems, a problem that has hobbled investment in geothermal energy.

Rare, endangered insects illegally for sale online

A survey has found that endangered and threatened insects and spiders, as well as common species that provide valuable ecological services, can be easily purchased – without adequate oversight – through basic internet searches, according to a new Cornell study.

Library deal to stimulate open access

Library strikes "read-and-publish" access with Cambridge University Press.

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Plant lover and Earth advocate

Sandy Knapp PhD ’86 has traversed the world, discovering new and unusual plants and sharing her love of nature.

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Cornell Atkinson Awards Bolster Research, Drive New Efforts by Emerging Scholars

Cornell Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellows Catalyze Change to Create Scalable, Long-term Impact

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In western floodplains, species cope with bullfrog, sunfish invaders

A new study of a southwestern Washington floodplain finds that most native species adapt well to the invading bullfrogs and sunfish by shifting their food sources and feeding strategies.

Dashboard reveals migration path of billions of birds

With its new Migration Dashboard, the BirdCast program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology can now show how many birds are estimated to have flown over a particular county in the lower 48 states on any given night during migration, updated in near-real time.

Ed Mabaya named director of Cornell’s Humphrey Program

Ed Mabaya, MS ’98, Ph.D. ’03 has been named director of Cornell’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a premier training program for mid-career professionals from developing and emerging economies in areas of agriculture, rural development and natural resource management.

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AreaHub website shows local environmental dangers

A new database allows users to search any U.S. ZIP code address to learn about extreme weather concerns like hurricane or wildfire exposure, and to find nearby problematic environmental sites.