Tweezers untangle chemotherapeutic’s impact on DNA

New Cornell research is providing a fresh view into the ways a common chemotherapy agent, etoposide, stalls and poisons the essential enzymes that allow cancer cells to flourish.

Cornell, NYSEG pilot app to help consumers moderate electricity use

In a new pilot run by Cornell and NYSEG, participants will pay a flat rate for their electricity bill and use an app that provides information about how to reduce electricity use and costs.

Soft robots harness viscous fluids for complex motions

Researchers designed a new system of fluid-driven actuators that enable soft robots to achieve more complex motions, leveraging the very thing – viscosity – that had previously stymied their movement.

When recreational cannabis is legal, codeine demand drops

States that permit recreational use of cannabis see a reduction in demand for prescription codeine, an opioid with a high potential for misuse.

Researchers flip the switch on electric control of crystal symmetry

A Cornell-led collaboration has for the first time used voltage to turn on and off a material’s crystal symmetry, thereby controlling its electronic, optical and other properties – a discovery that could have a profound impact on building future memory and logic devices.

Product images could boost food pantry use

Cornell researchers found that visual depictions of food pantry offerings, including brand names, have an ameliorative effect on negative product perceptions.

Mutual fund analysis benefits from added size metric

A group led by Scott Stewart, clinical professor of finance and accounting at Johnson, has developed a method for better understanding mutual fund returns, which could impact both performance rankings and fund managers’ career trajectories.

Electrochemistry converts carbon to useful molecules

A chemistry collaboration led to a creative way to put carbon dioxide to good – and even healthy – use: by incorporating it into a series of organic molecules that are vital to pharmaceutical development.

Florida Field Course benefits biology students, study finds

Participation in the immersive Florida Field Course led to positive professional outcomes, higher rates of publications, and faculty positions at research institutions, according to a new study from Cornell ecology and evolutionary biology researchers.