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“Monarch decline is a gnarly scientific problem,” says Anurag Agrawal, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. “It takes place over a large temporal scale and vast range of land—getting data is challenging.”

Sherry Colb, S.C. Wong professor of law at Cornell Law School, argues that even pro-life Americans should find the ruling deeply troubling because it minimizes the sacrifice that women undertake in reproduction.

“Unless there is something to arrest that process, we would end up with giant planets mostly close to their host stars,” said Jonathan Lunine, an astronomer at Cornell University. “Is inward migration really a necessary outcome of the growth of an isolated giant planet? What are the combinations of multiple giant planets that could arrest that migration? It’s a great problem.”

Jay K. Varma,  professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, argues that monkeypox is exposing a critical vulnerability in the U.S. public health system.


“The employer does not have to reach an agreement with the union but the workers can go on strike. And that also goes into the difficulties with U.S. labor law with that, because if workers go on an economic strike, they can be permanently replaced by their employer,” explains Cathy Creighton, director of the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab.

“We don’t tend to think of pregnancy as something that someone might very rationally decide not to do because it’s too much of a risk,” says Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy. “That kind of thought process is obviated by the sense that it’s natural and moral, and perhaps also holy, for women to do this.”

Thomas Seeley, professor emeritus of neurobiology and behavior, explains, “Workers achieve genetic (evolutionary) success not by reproducing themselves, but helping their mother, the colony’s queen, do so.” 

This piece on how urine can be used as a fertilizer notes that Rebecca Nelson, professor of plant science and global development, and colleagues are trying to combine nutrients from urine onto biochar.


“The carbon footprint is the main hurdle we have to clear. Then greenhouses are a no-brainer,” says Neil Mattson, professor of horticulture. 

Jeremy Wallace, associate professor of government, writes this Monkey Cage Q and A analysis about U.S. climate cooperation with China.

“The successful application of the law to sexual harassment ... as a form of sex discrimination in education ... kicked off a normative shift on college campuses,” says Celene Reynolds, a presidential postdoctoral fellow studying Title IX.  

Mary Zick, Ph.D. candidate, and Dr. Phillip Milner, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, have developed a device that can trap carbon dioxide.