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Nikole Lewis, assistant professor of astronomy, says, “A lot of those iconic Hubble images are because you are seeing dust scatter light all over the place, which is beautiful. But it makes it really hard to study the stuff that is inside.” The new James Webb telescope will be able to peer through dust that can obscure stars. 


“The arrangement of the prints defies any practical explanation, such as walking, or any accidental explanation, such as falling,” says co-author of the study Thomas Urban, visiting scholar in the classics department. “They appear to have been carefully arranged, implying a deliberate choice was made in placing them this way.”

Eli Friedman, associate professor in the ILR School, says that the new push by the Chinese government for companies to unionize workers may leave many people out as they are not considered employees. 

This piece features field studies being conducted by Cornell research teams looking to find soil amendments that grab carbon from the air and trap it below ground. Dean Benjamin Houlton says, “As far as I can tell, ours is the largest-scale project of its kind, using this intensive sort of scientific approach.”

“Labor unions are a microcosm of the society we live in,” says Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of The Worker Institute. “The same political divide we have right now exists within the rank and file of unions.” 

Douglas Kriner, professor in American Institutions, writes this piece about what 9/11 revealed about the President, Congress and war. 

People have begun using animal ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Gillian Perkins, associate director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, explains that animal ivermectin is commonly used as a dewormer and notes that “Animal products are not tested in humans,” so by using them, “You may put yourself in a worse situation than you really were otherwise.”  

In this op-ed, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Benjamin Houlton argues that our food supply is facing a critical and worsening risk as a result of weather extremes and that Congress must prioritize funding for agricultural research and climate adaptation in budget reconciliation legislation.

“There’s much debate within academia, within the legal community and within the judiciary generally as to exactly what’s required in order to punish someone for speaking or writing a threat,” says Jared Carter, associate director of the Cornell Law School First Amendment Clinic. “We really need clarity from the U.S. Supreme Court on this topic.” 

“When the government does not ensure that people have access to paid sick leave, people go to work sick,” says study author Nicolas Ziebarth, associate professor at the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. “And when you have a virus going on – it could be the flu or coronavirus, it doesn't really matter – then the sick people at work infect coworkers who go on to infect other people.” 

“US unions are in a much weaker position than they were in the 50s, 60s, 70s,” says Alexander Colvin, dean of the ILR School. “There's opportunities now to revitalize, but it's an opportunity, not a reality yet.” 

“If you want to make space for water, that means making space for water by moving people out of those places,” says Linda Shi, assistant professor in the department of city and regional planning, noting that infrastructure improvements can only buy time.