From one ecologist's perspective, the American system of farming grain-fed livestock consumes resources far out of proportion to the yield, accelerates soil erosion, affects world food supply and will be changing in the future.
Mother Nature had its own April Fools' prank in store for the Northeast -- it took only the first day of this month to record the snowiest April ever for Boston, Worcester, Mass., and Providence, R.I., according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.
Three advanced technologies are about to expand the horizons of health care, speakers at the 12th annual Cornell Biotechnology Symposium, "Frontiers in Biomedicine," will predict on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in the ground floor conference room of the Biotechnology Building at Cornell.
For Cornell biologist John P. Berry, knowing the punch line to the joke, "Where does an 800-pound gorilla eat?" is not enough. Certainly, the mountain gorillas he studies in Uganda's Bwindi impenetrable forest eat wherever they want. Whatever, too.
Scientists and engineers have waged a long war on the Eurasian watermilfoil, a non-indigenous water weed that diminishes swimming, boating and the environment. Using standard mechanical means of harvesting the milfoil, winning the war looked bleak, but environmentally friendly biological control may be the answer.
Walter R. Lynn, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell, has been named director of the university's Center for the Environment. A specialist in water-resources planning and a Senior Fellow in the center, Lynn follows James P. Lassoie, director of CfE since 1993.