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The New York Times

In this op-ed from Steven Strogatz, professor of applied mathematics for the College of Arts & Sciences, he argues that the famous mathematical ratio, estimated to more than 22 trillion digits (and counting), is the perfect symbol for our species’ long effort to tame infinity.


“While it may be tempting to design such robots for optimal productivity, engineers and managers need to take into consideration how the robots’ performance may affect the human workers’ effort and attitudes toward the robot and even toward themselves,” explains Guy Hoffman, the senior author of the study and assistant professor for the College of Engineering.


“I can see the UAW saying, we’ve given up so much money on other things and we’ve tried to claw back some of that, and now you’re saying we need to make up for a 40 percent hit on health care,” says Arthur Wheaton, director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. “I think you’re talking strike.”

The Wall Street Journal

Andrew Karolyi, a finance professor at Johnson, says many Chinese companies also tend to have small “floats” upon listing in New York, meaning a relatively small portion of their shares are available for public trading. That makes them more susceptible to large price swings, he explains.


“In just very general terms, this makes a ton of sense,” says James Cordes, an astrophysicist at Cornell University, on a new fast radio burst theory. He adds that while further details still need to be worked out, “I would say it’s a good horse to bet on.”


“It’s certainly possible that there were microorganisms in the bottles that survived that many years. These are very resilient microbes. They can go dormant and survive some period of stress,” says Kaylyn Kirkpatrick, brewing specialist at Cornell University's Craft Beverage Institute. “If they are given the right nutrients and given the right environmental conditions, they can be brought back to life.”

The Washington Post

Together with four other historians, Ed Baptist, professor of history for the College of Arts & Sciences, is building a free and interactive database of all the fugitive slave ads from U.S. and colonial history. The ads reveal how white Americans trained and incentivized themselves to police black Americans’ movements.

The Atlantic

Louis Hyman, associate professor of labor relations, law, and history and director of the Institute for Workplace Studies at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, discusses the intricacies of Roosevelt’s New Deal. 


“When the door is open to all, we all thrive,” says President Martha E. Pollack. She reinforces the importance of welcoming international students to study at institutions of American higher education. 


“This is clearly a very significant loss,” explains Emin Gün Sirer, a professor at Cornell University. “Not only is the amount relatively large, but also it affects a large portion of the Canadian cryptocurrency community.” What makes it quite so damaging is that it appears to be “a complete loss event; that is, there are few assets to recover.”

Albany Times Union

Jennifer Ifft, assistant professor of agribusiness and farm management for Dyson, says, “If you are an apple grower, and you're trying hire an H2A worker to harvest — harvest is a moving target. Fruit can come ripe at different times. So, if those (workers) could work on different farms and have some flexibility, that would help."

The Washington Post

Lisa Fortier, a Cornell University regenerative medicine researcher for the College of Veterinary Medicine, says the treatments contain very few “growth factors” – substances that many companies often claim stimulate healing. If these products have any effect on patients, Fortier says, “it’s not through live cells or growth factors.”