Humans and other "higher" animals aren't so special when it comes to making life-or-death decisions in an instant, a Cornell University study of insect hearing has found. Even the lowly cricket employs a sophisticated capability, called categorical perception, when its life (or love life ) is at stake.
William Foote Whyte, the Cornell sociologist who authored an early examination on street gangs culture, has received a newly established award from the American Sociological Association for his "significant contribution to the practice of sociology."
Cornell biologist Paul Sherman, co-author of two new books about naked mole-rats for children and young adults, expects one of the world's weirdest animals will appeal to kids and spark their scientific curiosity.
Researchers found that even a small increase in the number of women who have passed through that door to a managerial position dramatically increases other women's chances of being hired or promoted into that position. The result: a Catch-22 situation with important implications for the movement of women into management, as well as for the national affirmative action debate.
Scientists hoping to produce super-tough, bio-inspired fibers are a step closer with a new model for the molecular arrangement of spider silk, proposed by Cornell University researchers in the Jan. 5 issue of the journal Science.