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Schmidt: Exploring Earth’s oceans to reach Europa

To prep for missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, Britney Schmidt, associate professor of astronomy and earth and atmospheric sciences, is studying Antarctica’s ice and oceans.

Event will honor suffragist and mathematician James Oliver

The life and work of James Edward Oliver, a passionate supporter of women’s suffrage and a nationally recognized mathematician, will be celebrated in an evening of talks on Oct. 14.

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Corrosion can improve materials’ durability

Cornell researchers used advanced atomic modeling to explore the ways environment can influence the growth of cracks in alloys such as aluminum and steel – knowledge that could help engineers better predict, and possibly postpone, the failure of structures. 

Chemistry professor helped catalyze Nobel-winning breakthrough

A small contribution from Tristan Lambert, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, when he was a doctoral student helped catalyze the breakthrough in catalysis that led to the 2021 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Combustion creates braille display for electronics

Researchers created a system that uses combustion to inflate silicone membrane “dots,” which could someday serve as a dynamic braille display for electronics.

Three A&S professors honored with national chemistry awards

Three faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences have been honored with national awards.

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Spectrum reveals extreme exoplanet is even more exotic

Considered an ultra-hot Jupiter – a place where iron gets vaporized, condenses on the night side and then falls from the sky like rain – the fiery, inferno-like WASP-76b exoplanet may be even more sizzling than scientists had realized.

‘Planet confusion’ could slow Earth-like exoplanet exploration

A new Cornell study finds that next-generation telescopes used to see exoplanets could confuse Earth-like planets with other types of planets in the same solar system.

Tying quantum computing to AI prompts a smarter power grid

Fumbling to find flashlights during blackouts soon may be a memory, as quantum computing and AI may quickly solve an electric grid’s hiccups so fast, humans may not notice.