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Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

Some exoplanets – planets from beyond our own solar system – have a direct line of sight to observe Earth’s biological qualities from far, far away, according to research led by Lisa Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute.

Collaboration sparks new model for ceramic conductivity

An interdisciplinary team’s work will help researchers who are custom-tailoring the properties of metal oxides in technologies such as lithium ion batteries, fuel cells and electrocatalysis.

Using microbes, scientists aim to extract rare-earth elements

A U.S. Department of Energy agency has awarded $1 million to Cornell researchers, who are using programmed microbes to mine rare-earth minerals used in consumer electronics and advanced renewable energy.

Fossil footprints tell story of prehistoric parent’s journey

Human tracks at White Sands National Park record more than 1.5 kilometers of a journey and form the longest Late Pleistocene-age double human trackway in the world.

Zhang helps NYS to go solar, avoid land-use conflicts

Engineering professor Max Zhang has been awarded a NYSERDA grant to determine efficient solar farm array configurations so the state can avoid land-use conflicts or spoiling precious agricultural space.

New Jeep ad supports Carl Sagan Institute initiative

The Carl Sagan Institute is getting a boost from an unexpected source: Fiat Chrysler Automotive. The company’s ad for its new Wrangler 4XE plug-in hybrid features the late astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” monologue and images.

Grants fund community-engaged learning curricula

The Office of Engagement Initiatives recently awarded Engaged Curriculum Grants to 19 teams of faculty and community partners that are developing community-engaged learning courses, majors and minors across the university.

Klarman fellow models black hole collisions, studies effects

Vijay Varma, a Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow in physics, is using his three-year appointment to research gravitational waves and their sources, which include black holes and neutron stars.

Grant supports development of efficient offshore wind farms

A new interdisciplinary research project is designed to unlock the power of wind energy by optimizing the spacing between wind turbines and wind turbine arrays to maximize power production.