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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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“There's nothing in the report which says the FBI was biased in favor of Clinton," Cornell Law School Vice Dean Jens David Ohlin says. "If anything, it's the opposite. The FBI handled the investigation in a way that was very problematic for Clinton and complicated her life immensely."

Op-ed from Stephen Wicker, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell Engineering. Wicker says beyond the obvious risk to individual privacy is the concern that this never-ending leakage of data could add fuel to the raging fire of political disinformation.

The death rate is climbing for those between 45 and 64, new CDC data show. “Life satisfaction hits an all-time low in middle age,” says Samantha Boardman, a clinical instructor in medicine and psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. “Depression and stress are particularly high in this age group.”

Arguments of religious and cultural freedom are not likely to hold much weight against the wall, says Gerald Torres, an expert on federal Indian law and a professor at Cornell Law School. “Tribes’ interest in religious ceremonies can’t be used to stop the federal government from pursuing its objectives.”

Drew Harvell, a professor of marine ecology at the College of Arts & Sciences and one of the researchers, calls plastic “a triple whammy for coral. It cuts open the skin of the coral and then it can convey pathogenic microorganisms, and finally it can shade the light coral needs and cut off water flow.”

Op-ed from Jonathan Lunine, astronomy professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, on the significance of the discovery of organic compounds on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover.