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An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash – ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans – intensifies disease for coral and adds to reef peril.

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Researchers from Cornell University plan to explore why some areas along the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone are hotbeds for earthquakes, while others are relatively quiet. Professor Geoff Abers comments on the similarity between the Kodiak region and Aleutian Islands. 

Denise Young Smith, executive-in-residence at Cornell Tech in New York City, says, “One woman is great, but one woman can’t do it; two sometimes can’t do it. But when you start to have three, when you start to have four, then you start to be able to shift the conversations that happen in those rooms.”

Cornell sociologist Daniel Lichter suggests that if the demographic profile of poverty remains constant, by 2050 over 70 percent of America’s poor will be from today’s minority groups. 

Opinion piece from Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members Mark M. Souweidane and Jeffrey P. Greenfield on allowing patients with a terminal diagnosis – who have run out of effective treatment options – access to a drug that might help, even without FDA approval.

As digital tools that gather cellphone data have multiplied in recent years, so have the options for people who abuse the technology to track others without consent. Cornell researchers found that of the nine companies with tracking services that they surveyed, eight allowed users to secretly track another person.

Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Cornell University, said any effort to devalue the yuan could quickly backfire on China. In 2015 a substantial devaluation of China’s currency sparked a global market selloff and set off a wave of capital outflows that China spent around $1 trillion in reserves trying to halt.