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2012-02-17 10:27:18

Billions of engineered nanoparticles in foods and pharmaceuticals are ingested by humans daily, and new Cornell research warns they may be more harmful to health than previously thought. A research collaboration led by Michael Shuler, a professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, studied how large doses of polystyrene nanoparticles — a common, FDA-approved substance found in substances ranging from food additives to vitamins —...

2012-02-14 14:27:21

Women with advanced degrees in math-intensive academic fields drop out of fast-track research careers primarily because they want children — not because their performance is devalued or they are shortchanged during interviewing and hiring, according to a new study at Cornell University. "Motherhood — and the policies that make it incompatible with a tenure-track research career — take a toll on women that is detrimental to their professional lives. Even just the plan to...

Researchers Clash Over Fracking 'Footprint'
2012-01-21 05:06:50

Two groups of prominent researchers at Cornell University have made conflicting findings regarding the environmental effects of the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, and they´re duking it out on the pages of the scientific journal Climatic Change, according to a recent Associated Press report. The debate revolves around a study published last April that attempted to estimate the amount of greenhouse compounds released into the atmosphere when fracking for natural gas...

Colorful Foods Can Boost A Picky Eater's Appetite
2012-01-06 06:56:48

Parents of picky eaters can encourage their children to eat more nutritionally diverse diets by introducing more color to their meals, according to a new Cornell University study. The study finds that colorful food fare is more appealing to children than adults. Specifically, food plates with seven different items and six different colors are particularly appealing to children, while adults tend to prefer fewer colors only three items and three colors. "What kids find visually appealing is...

Scientists Make Time Disappear
2012-01-05 11:39:46

Physicists working with the support from the US government said on Wednesday they had devised a “time cloak” that can make time disappear, albeit briefly. The device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that an event cannot be seen for about 40 trillionths of a second -- or 40 picoseconds -- by speeding up and slowing down different parts of a light beam. The different parts of the light beam were then re-assembled, so that any observers could not detect what happened...

Researchers Create Healthier Cigarette
2012-01-03 11:29:09

[ Watch the Video ] From a health care perspective, the best cigarette is no cigarette, but for the millions of people who try to quit smoking every year, researchers from Cornell University may have found a way to make cigarette smoking less toxic. Using natural antioxidant extracts in cigarette filters, the researchers were able to demonstrate that lycopene and grape seed extract drastically reduced the amount of cancer-causing free radicals passing through the filter. The research...


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