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“AI is Zuckerberg's MacGuffin,” said James Grimmelmann, a law professor at Cornell Tech, using the film term for a mostly insignificant plot device that comes out of nowhere to move the story along. “It won't solve Facebook's problems, but it will solve Zuckerberg's: getting someone else to take responsibility.”

Story about how the approaching midterm elections could impair Senate Republicans’ efforts to get several of President Donald Trump’s nominees, including labor candidates. David Bateman, professor of government at Cornell University weighs in.

Story about drug convictions in Thailand which mentions work by  Princess Bajrakitiyabha, a Cornell Law School graduate seeking to reduce the plight of female prisoners. Bajrakitiyabha founded an initiative to uplift female prisoners called Project Inspire.

James Grimmelmann, a professor at Cornell Law School weighs in the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica case and repercussions for Chinese surveillance.

"Mr. Trump is upping the ante, but the lack of a clear game plan and an incoherent messaging strategy from the administration is setting this up for an all-out trade war rather than a fruitful negotiation," says Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell University.

Companies in contract talks are obliged to turn over relevant information to unions, but the question of what meets that test "is an age-old debate," says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University.

In this op-ed, director of the psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Richard Friedman, highlights how easy it is to obtain dangerous synthetic opioids online and outlines his recommendations for tackling the opioid epidemic.

In this Q and A ahead of her visit to Korea, president Martha Pollack discusses the importance of a university education in a world of artificial intelligence and tech billionaires.

There are numerous closely related large white-headed gulls in North America. It would take months of in-depth DNA examination to tell the difference between two species, says evolutionary biologist Irby Lovette of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This article also quotes extension support specialist at the Lab of Ornithology Kevin McGowan who compares gulls to "single malt Scotches."

To the extent that companies are adopting more radical positions than they have historically, “that’s probably a direct reflection of the radicalism, in the other direction, of the Trump administration,” says Marina Welker, associate professor of anthropology.
 

“I think some of the hold-up is pure politics. Congress may not want to do anything prior to the fall elections,” says Richard Geddes, director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy.

Max Zhang, associate professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, says the air quality crisis in Beijing is the result of a "perfect storm" of factors — increased emissions with the onset of spring and sandstorms from Mongolia.