‘Sour’ grapes: Berry damage, fruit flies worsen wine

Damaged grape berries combined with vinegar flies are a recipe for promoting sour rot, a disease that lowers vineyard yields and wine quality, according to a Cornell study reporting on field experiments in New York state.

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A team in Cornell Engineering created a new lithium battery that can charge in under five minutes – faster than any such battery on the market – while maintaining stable performance over extended cycles of charging and discharging.

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“Diet can aid in both the prevention and management of high blood pressure,” notes Emily Gier, associate professor of practice in nutritional science. “And unlike some medications, it doesn’t come with side effects.”

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“You cannot just expect that the kids will jump into the world of social media and learn how to swim on their own,” says Natalie Bazarova, professor of communications and director of the Cornell Social Media Lab. “They need to have instruction.”


Brooke Erin Duffy, associate professor of communication, who studies the social media industry, points out that speculating on whether this is real or a stunt may be part of the appeal to fans, along with the enduring trope of love triangles.

The New York Times

Valerie Hans, professor of law who studies jury behavior, notes that the presence and actions of defendants’ families and other supporters can influence juries as well. “They sometimes look to this ‘offstage’ behavior, away from the witness box, for clues about credibility.”


Kate Bronfenbrenner, a senior lecturer at ILR, discusses how under Biden-appointee Jennifer Abruzzo, the NLRB has taken a much more aggressive stance against employers accused of violating labor laws.

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“We’ve always known heat is good at inactivating viruses and bacterial pathogens and it looks like it’s effective in inactivating this virus in the milk and cheese and ice cream we buy at the grocery store,” says Samuel Alcaine, associate professor of food science.