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Faster checkouts could reduce virus spread at stores

Researchers set out to model the probability of how often pairs of shoppers might overlap in a store – an approach that could be used to predict the transmission of COVID-19, and guide strategies to reduce its spread.

arXiv hits 2M submissions

The research-sharing platform is a free resource for scholars around the world in fields including physics, math and computer science, who use the service to share their own cutting-edge research and read work submitted by others.

Heart monitor, ‘tinder for musicians’ win Big Ideas Competition

Four teams of undergraduate students were named winners of the Big Ideas Competition at Cornell, with ideas that help musicians connect, detect heart problems, train unemployed young adults and help with pollution issues in developing countries.

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3D semiconductor particles offer 2D properties

Cornell researchers have found that 3D semiconductor particles have 2D properties, which can be leveraged for photoelectrochemical processes that boost solar energy conversion technologies.

Collaboration gets quantum view of superconductor junction

Researchers grew a thin film of one of the oldest known superconductors on top of a semiconductor, and for the first time measured the electronic properties of the junction between the two materials, paving the way for hybrid superconductor-semiconductor quantum devices.

‘Ezra’s Bridge’ to increase minority students in chemical, materials sciences

The Ezra’s Bridge program aims to address challenges faced by populations underrepresented in chemical and materials sciences by providing students with a full-tuition scholarship, research opportunities and mentoring.

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X-ray technique offers new view inside active batteries

A new X-ray technique developed at Cornell offers an unprecedented look at the elaborate inner workings of batteries while they are in use – a breakthrough that is already yielding important findings for the development of next-generation energy storage.

AI powers autonomous materials discovery

A new artificial intelligence tool developed by Cornell researchers promises to help speed up searches for novel metastable materials with unique properties in fields such as renewable energy and microelectronics.

Shifting meetings, conventions online curbs climate change

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown humanity a new way to reduce climate change: Nix in-person conventions. Putting meetings online can reduce carbon footprints by 94%, says a Cornell study.