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2012 Technology News

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It's easy being green

January 1, 2012

Now RNA can glow in the cell, as only proteins could in the past.

Aquatrols signs licensing agreement with BYU

January 3, 2012

Aquatrols, a soil surfactant technology company, has signed an agreement with Brigham Young University to license a patent-pending technology forcoating seeds with soil surfactants.

Cornell researchers find Listeria-stopping compound

January 15, 2012

In terms of deaths-per-infection, this year's Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes ranks as the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in U.S. history, killing 31 of the 146 people infected and causing one miscarriage. A new discovery by a team of researchers at Cornell University, however, could eventually lead to therapeutic solutions that the team hopes would treat Listeria infections and fight deadly outbreaks.

Willow biofuels program ignites with new boiler

January 20, 2012

Prospects for meeting energy needs with a locally grown bioenergy crop are heating up on a Cornell campus.

Herriot, a luscious new strawberry, beats out other varieties

January 29, 2012

Strawberry lovers will soon have Herriot -- a sweet treat featuring a flavor reminiscent of historic varieties and a slight pineapple overtone -- to look forward to, thanks to a new variety of large, heart-shaped fruit developed by Cornell.

Portable device will quickly detect pathogens in developing countries

January 30, 2012

Two Cornell professors will combine their inventions to develop a handheld pathogen detector that will give health care workers in the developing world speedy results to identify in the field such pathogens as tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV.

Qi wins prestigious American Diabetes Association award

January 31, 2012

A researcher who studies the response of fat cells to stress and its relationship to obesity and type 2 diabetes received a prestigious award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).


From dream to startup: Glycobia becomes McGovern Family Center's first client

February 15, 2012

Several years ago, when Adam Fisher, Ph.D. '08, was still a graduate student, he and colleagues dreamed up an entirely new way to synthesize human drugs called glycoproteins, which are used to treat a range of conditions from cancer to multiple sclerosis and are a fast-growing corner of the biopharmaceutical industry.

Cornell Names Dean for Roosevelt Island Campus

February 16, 2012

Cornell University has appointed its first dean to lead its new engineering and technology school on Roosevelt Island, college officials announced Thursday.

Cornell University engineers develop dart-throwing, basketball-shooting robot

February 17, 2012

Engineers from Cornell University have teamed up with the University of Chicago and managed to put their minds together to create a robotic creation that will forever serve mankind - it can play darts with extreme precision no matter how long it's been in the bar.

Video: 'Universal Gripper: Shooting Hoops & Throwing Darts'

Views | 3D printing can revolutionize the future

February 18, 2012

A couple of weeks back, when an 83-year-old woman became the first person to get a 3D printer-created jaw, it simply took forward the 3D printing story that has been around for around a decade but has been making waves for the last two years.

Three Cornell researchers receive Sloan Fellowships

February 19, 2012

William Dichtel, Nate Foster and Noah Snavely are among 126 researchers selected from 51 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada to receive Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012.

Researchers discover what cancer cells need to travel

February 20, 2012

Cancer cells must prepare for travel before invading new tissues, but new Cornell research has found a possible way to stop these cells from ever hitting the road.

GeneWeave Biosciences attracts $12 million in venture capital

February 21, 2012

Cornell startup, GeneWeave Biosciences, has raised $12 million in a series A round of venture capital.

Weill Cornell researchers reveal how cancer cells change once they spread to distant organs

February 22, 2012

Researchers at Weill Cornell reveal how cancer cells morph back into classical cancer that can grow into a new tumor.

Cornell startup, GeneWeave, turns bacteria against itself

February 25, 2012

Cornell doctoral students have developed a portable technology that turns bacteria into supersleuths in the search for 'superbugs' like MRSA.

e2e Materials Wins 'Composites Sustainability' Award at Composites 2012 Conference

February 28, 2012

The award, announced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) at the Composites 2012 conference in Las Vegas is provided to companies whose composite-based products demonstrate significant innovation and commercial application.


It's a Purple Wonder - a new type of strawberry produced by Cornell

March 2, 2012

Cornell's newest and darkest strawberry variety - Purple Wonder - is making its debut at the Philadelphia International Flower Show on Monday through an exclusive licensing agreement with seed giant W. Atlee Burpee Co.

GeneWeave Biosciences Inks $12M

March 4, 2012

GeneWeave Biosciences, developer of a platform for the rapid detection of infectious disease, announced that it raised $12 million in a series A round of venture capital led by Decheng Capital. Existing investors Claremont Creek Ventures and X/Seed Capital also participated in the round.

DNANO Systems moves protein-expression business to McGovern Family Center

March 5, 2012

Cornell's biotechnology business incubator has just welcomed another client: DNANO Systems LLC.

Ten on faculty receive NSF CAREER awards

March 6, 2012

Ten Cornell faculty members are recent recipients of National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards, which support early-career development activities of teacher-scholars. Five of the Award Winners are Cornell Inventors.

RNA Spinach Sensor Tracks Metabolites Not Amenable to Fluorescent Protein Tags

March 7, 2012

An RNA sensor technology for fluorescence-based imaging of cellular metabolites in real time could provide scientists with a more widely applicable and sensitive approach for monitoring cellular processes associated with disease or drug activity than current imaging techniques.

Weill Cornell Researchers Develop Powerful Tool to Measure Metabolites in Living Cells

March 8, 2012

Glowing 'Spinach' produces a snapshot of abnormal molecules inside diseased cells, providing clues about how to treat disorders.

Quest Diagnostics Launches First Molecular Test for Kidney Organ Transplant Rejection

March 24, 2012

Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today announced the availability of the industry's first molecular blood test for identifying renal (kidney) organ-transplant rejection.

New method of bacterial cell engineering can produce better, cheaper drug therapies

March 25, 2012

Therapeutic proteins, which provide cutting-edge treatments of cancer, diabetes and countless other diseases, are among today's most widely consumed biopharmaceuticals. By introducing bottom-up carbohydrate engineering into common bacterial cells, Cornell researchers have discovered a way to make these drugs cheaper and safer.

New alfalfa variety could be big boost to dairy industry

March 26, 2012

Dairy farmers could see a boost in milk production, thanks to a new alfalfa variety to be released by Cornell's world-class plant breeders.

In the robotics lab with Cornell University's Hod Lipson

March 27, 2012

Lipson explains how coffee granules and printing food are the future of robotics.

Alcyone receives $1.8M Series A round

March 28, 2012

Alcyone Lifesciences, Inc., which is developing technology to help neurosurgeons treat conditions in the central nervous system, has raised a $1.8 million Series A round out of a $2 million offering.


Weill Cornell Investigators Among Several Centers Chosen for 'Dream Team' Awarded $10 Million to Study Metastatic Prostate Cancer

April 1, 2012

An international team of investigators from centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, including Weill Cornell Medical College, have been awarded a grant for $10 million over a three-year period to study the molecular underpinnings of metastatic prostate cancer while creating a comprehensive testing system to optimize personalized treatments.

New image sensors could lead to focusing photos after they're taken

April 2, 2012

Cornell scientists are building image sensors that give detailed readouts of not only the intensity, but also the incident angle of light as it strikes the sensor.

Cornell Startup Stealth Peptides sees positive results from Bendavia

April 9, 2012

Stealth Peptides Inc., a Newton Centre-based developer of mitochondrial-targeted therapies, reported positive results today from three Phase 1 clinical trials of its Bendavia compound that aims to treat mitochondrial dysfunction, including ischemia reperfusion and microvascular injury.

Two Genetic Deletions in Human Genome Linked to the Development of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

April 9, 2012

Discovery of inherited-genetic variations may help asses a patient's risk of life-threatening disease before it strikes.

DNA nanoparticles to carry drugs and gene therapy

April 18, 2012

Cornell researchers are using synthetic DNA to make nanoparticles, that can deliver drugs and genetic therapy to the insides of cells.

NYS Agricultural Experiment Station goes green

April 19, 2012

Several projects are working to 'green' the campus by exploring sustainable energy alternatives.

Life Sciences Center doles out $2.3M in loans

April 23, 2012

Cornell startup Alcyone Lifesciences Inc., a company developing a novel micro-catheter for treating neurological conditions, received $750,000 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

For bulging biceps, electronic trainer will fix your form

April 28, 2012

To achieve buff biceps, proper form for strength-training exercises is key, and people often turn to professional trainers to correct them and prevent injury. Cornell student engineers have developed an alternative: A simple electronic device that guides the user through a proper bicep curl.

School Power: The Case for Keeping Innovation in the Hands of Universities

April 29, 2012

There's no shortage of things to worry about as we strive to revive America's innovation engine. Oddly, much time and money is going into pushing a proposal jeopardizing the foundation for our university/industry R&D partnerships. This is one place where we clearly lead the world.

Cornell releases two new raspberry varieties

April 30, 2012

With its two newest raspberry releases, Big Red is going gold and crimson. Double Gold and Crimson Night offer small-scale growers and home gardeners showy, flavorful raspberries on vigorous, disease resistant plants.


Double Gold' raspberry featured on Discovery Channel Canada's online 'Discoveries' segment

May 3, 2012

Anti-malaria garment wards off infected bugs

May 7, 2012

Two Cornellians from Africa have created a hooded body suit embedded at the molecular level with insecticides to ward off mosquitoes infected with malaria, a disease that kills some 655,000 people annually on the continent.

Immune cells found to counter obesity-related diabetes

May 8, 2012

For years, researchers have known that obesity, type 2 diabetes and low-level inflammation are linked, but how they are connected has not been well understood.

CornellNYC Chooses Its Architect

May 9, 2012

After a competition that included some of the world's most prominent architects, Thom Mayne of the firm Morphosis has been selected to design the first academic building for Cornell University's high-tech graduate school campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Researchers demonstrate new way to control nonvolatile magnetic memory devices

May 12, 2012

Cornell University researchers have demonstrated a new strategy for making energy- efficient, reliable nonvolatile magnetic memory devices - which retain information without electric power.

Infrared LEDs can be made cheaper, compatible with silicon

May 13, 2012

Light-emitting diodes at infrared wavelengths are the magic behind such things as night vision and optical communications, including the streaming data that comes through Netflix. Cornell researchers have advanced the process of making such LEDs cheaper and easier to fabricate, which could lead to ultra-thin LEDs painted onto silicon to replace computer wiring with light waves.

Researchers Reveal that RNA Modification Influences Thousands of Genes

May 17, 2012

Researchers have identified a novel base modification in RNA which they say will revolutionize our understanding of gene expression.

Scientists Discover Distinct Molecular Subtype of Prostate Cancer

May 21, 2012

A collaborative expedition into the deep genetics of prostate cancer has uncovered a distinct subtype of the disease, one that appears to account for up to 15 percent of all cases.

Robots learn to pick up oddly shaped objects

May 24, 2012

When Cornell engineers developed a new type of robot hand that could pick up oddly shaped objects it presented a challenge: It was easy for a human operator to choose the best place to take hold of an object, but an autonomous robot, like the ones we may someday have helping around the home or office, would need a new kind of programming.

Cornell Scientist Receives Prestigious Hartwell Foundation Grant for Research on Brain Tumors in Children

May 25, 2012

The Hartwell Foundation named Cornell University among its Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research for the sixth straight year. The Foundation also selected a clinical scientist from Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University's medical school to receive an Individual Biomedical Research Award that will fund research for three years.

Google's New York Headquarters to House Cornell Tech Campus

May 26, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page and Cornell President David J. Skorton today announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet of its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech, while the university completes its campus on Roosevelt Island.

Saxena's Microsoft fellowship to enhance personal robots

May 27, 2012

Ashutosh Saxena, assistant professor of computer science, has been named one of seven Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows for 2012. The award includes funding of $200,000 over two years to expand his effort to develop 'personal robots' that can take over mundane household tasks and assist the elderly and disabled.

Synthetic blood vessels could lead to breakthroughs in tissue engineering

May 28, 2012

Cornell engineers are making microvessels which could be a step toward developing human tissues both to study biological processes in the lab and to serve as replacement tissues for implantation into the body during surgery.

Cancerous Tumors Deliver Pro-Metastatic Information in Secreted Vesicles

May 29, 2012

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and their collaborators, propose a new mechanism controlling cancer metastasis that offers fresh diagnostic and treatment potential.


CCTEC and Ithaca featured on latest episode of 'Insight' on WCNY

June 4, 2012

Ithaca has shown great stability over the years and even during the worst points of the recession. During the past two years, the city of 30,000 has had the lowest unemployment rate. Its numbers look great on paper, and the stats landed Ithaca a No. 3 spot on a recent national survey of the best places to get a job. What makes this part of the CNY region resilient to the national economic hardship?

Some stem cells can trigger tumors

June 5, 2012

Stem cells often used in reconstructive surgery following mastectomies and other cancer-removal treatments may pose a danger: Cornell biomedical scientists have discovered that these cells, in contact with even trace amounts of cancer cells, can create a microenvironment suitable for more tumors to grow.

Stover honored with MERIT award for folate research

June 6, 2012

For his long-running research on the molecular genetics and biochemistry of the vitamins folate and vitamin B-12, and their link to colon cancer, cardiovascular disease and human birth defects, Patrick Stover, professor of nutritional biochemistry and director of Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences, has received a prestigious MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Researchers Find Online Photos are Worth Much More than 1,000 Words

June 7, 2012

Researchers David Crandall of Indiana University and Noah Snavely of Cornell University are developing algorithms to create models of patterns based on the vast troves of photographs uploaded to Facebook, Flickr and other photo-sharing websites each day.

A receptor may hold key to multiple sclerosis treatment

June 8, 2012

A receptor recently discovered to control the movement of immune cells across central nervous system barriers (including the blood-brain barrier) may hold the key to treating multiple sclerosis (MS), a neuroinflammatory disease of the central nervous system.

Cocaine Vaccine Gets a Boost With Molecular Imaging

June 9, 2012

Addicts unable to kick a cocaine habit could one day be vaccinated against cocaine and see proof with a molecular imaging technique that shows how the vaccine prompts antibodies to whisk away the drug before it can reach the brain.

Hidden Vitamin Nicotinamide Riboside in Milk Yeilds Remarkable Health Benefits

June 10, 2012

A novel form of vitamin B3 found in milk in small quantities produces remarkable health benefits in mice when high doses are administered, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Geoffrey Coates receives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

June 11, 2012

Geoffrey Coates, Cornell professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, which recognizes pioneering chemical technologies for pollution prevention.

Stealth Peptides Initiates Patient Enrollment for Novel Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease and Reperfusion Injury

June 12, 2012

Stealth Peptides Incorporated (Stealth), a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for cardiovascular disease and its complications, announced today that the first patient was enrolled in its multinational Phase II clinical study with Bendavia™.

Researchers convert 'beer' into a better-than-ethanol biofuel

June 14, 2012

Using a mixed bag of microbes for specific chemical reactions, biological engineers have designed a process for upgrading ethanol into something even better.

The Force is with us: GEDI chip sorts prostate cancer cells

June 15, 2012

The future of prostate cancer therapy may lie in a tiny, 'sticky' silicon chip dubbed GEDI (Geometrically Enhanced Differential Immunocapture, pronounced like the 'Star Wars' forces of good) that can identify and collect cancer cells from a patient's bloodstream.

Cornell Hires Deborah Estrin as First NYC Tech Campus Faculty Member

June 16, 2012

Cornell University announced the hiring of Deborah L. Estrin as a Professor of Computer Science, and the first professor for CornellNYC Tech. She is the Founding Director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), funded by the NSF, and a professor of computer science at the University of California Los Angeles.

Brilliant computer scientist Deborah Estrin hired to work at New York City's new genius school at CornellNYC Tech

June 17, 2012

A brilliant computer scientist whose cutting-edge work links technology and health care is the first professor hired to work at the city's new genius school.

Need help quitting smoking? New nicotine vaccine is the answer, says study

June 18, 2012

Researchers in New York are working on a vaccine that will help people to quit smoking after being administered only once.

Prolias Technologies Acquires Commercial Stage microRNA Diagnostic Portfolio From Cornell University

June 19, 2012

Prolias Technologies, Inc., an emerging molecular diagnostics company focusing on predictive and prognostic genetic cytology and pathology, announced today that it has licensed from Cornell University a portfolio of intellectual property in the area of microRNA diagnostics developed at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Stopping and Starting Cancer Cell Cycle Weakens and Defeats Multiple Myeloma

June 21, 2012

Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have devised an innovative boxer-like strategy, based on the serial use of two anti-cancer drugs, to deliver a one-two punch to first weaken the defenses of multiple myeloma and then deliver the final knock-out punch to win the fight.

Pill using ultrasound may replace daily needles

June 26, 2012

For patients who need daily injections to stay on course, being able instead to take their medication orally would help improve patients' quality of life and perhaps even outcomes.

New Vaccine for Nicotine Addiction

June 27, 2012

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed and successfully tested in mice an innovative vaccine to treat nicotine addiction.

Sanofi enters into research collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College

June 29, 2012

Sanofi and Weill Cornell Medical College will collaborate to discover new treatments for tuberculosis (TB).


CornellNYC's first professor Deborah Estrin talks networked sensors, climate change, and mobile health

July 3, 2012

Computer scientist Deborah Estrin, announced last week as CornellNYC's first academic hire, has a pathbreaking career that has taken a series of twists and turns, but it keeps returning to building systems that work - and helping those that don't work, work better.

Homeland Security Department develops foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

July 5, 2012

Cornell startup GenVec has worked with the Department of Homeland Security to develop and test the first vaccine for foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) that can be manufactured and licensed in the United States.

Single Dose Radiation at Time of Surgery Helps Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer Forego 6-7 Week Radiation Regimen

July 5, 2012

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the five boroughs of New York City to offer women with early stage breast cancer INTRABEAM radiotherapy, an innovative radiation treatment delivered in a single dose at the time of surgery.

Cornell engineers working on new peppers

July 8, 2012

You may have already decided that you do or don't like certain kinds of peppers - especially the hot ones. But at Cornell, they are constantly developing new varieties you might want to eat.

Pioneering New Technique Deciphers Drug Resistance and Mechanism of Action

July 9, 2012

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and The Rockefeller University has pioneered a new method for determining exactly how a drug works, including identifying a drug's mechanism of action and its molecular targets.

Appinions Raises $3 Million in Funding for its Influence Marketing Platform

July 9, 2012

Appinions, an opinion-powered influence marketing platform, has secured $3 Million in funding to fuel its sales and marketing efforts.

Researchers to Use Novel Metabolomics Technology to Discover Which Cigarette Smokers are at Highest Risk for COPD

July 12, 2012

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College were awarded a $6.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a five-year investigation into metabolic changes within the lungs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients caused by cigarette smoking.

Cornell, Stanford Nanoscience Pioneers Join Journalists for Look Into the Future

July 13, 2012

A special panel of nantechnology researchers will gather at Cornell University and explore the future of nanoscience during an interactive conversation with members of the media.

Coferon Announces $12 Million Series B Financing

July 15, 2012

Coferon Inc., a privately held, New York-based biotechnology company, announced that it has closed on a $12 million Series B financing round.

Pacific Biosciences names Korlach chief scientific officer

July 16, 2012

Before joining Pacific Biosciences of California, Jonas Korlach was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University, where he received his doctorate and master's of science degrees in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology.

Metabolon to Showcase Quantose™ Test at AACC Clinical Lab Expo

July 16, 2012

Metabolon, Inc., announced that Quantose™, its new prediabetes blood test, will be featured at the 2012 AACC Clinical Lab Expo, being held July 17-19 in Los Angeles, CA.

ChromaDex licenses nicotinamide riboside (NR) technology from Cornell

July 21, 2012

ChromaDex licenses nicotinamide riboside (NR) technology from Cornell to develop a novel, proprietary ingredient that shows great promise for health and wellness.

No need to cry over spoiled milk

July 23, 2012

US researchers have identified a heat treatment-resistant spoilage-causing microbe in fluid milk - knowledge they hope can be used to extend the shelf life of dairy products.

Ag Park in bloom

July 24, 2012

A food processing 'boot camp' for new hires at the Alpina Foods plant will meet with staff from Cornell University to learn about dairy science, sanitation, 'lean manufacturing' and other issues.

Alternatives for surgery for treating joint pain from arthritis

July 25, 2012

A portable, compact transducer in development at Cornell would enable patients to receive ultrasound treatments for joint pain at their own convenience.

Pacific Biosciences and Imec Announce Collaboration

July 26, 2012

Pacific Biosciences and Imec announce collaboration to develop advanced microchips for single molecule sequencing applications.

Spoofed' GPS signals can be countered, researchers show

July 27, 2012

From cars to commercial airplanes to military drones, global positioning system (GPS) technology is everywhere -- and Cornell researchers have known for years that it can be hacked, or as they call it, 'spoofed.' The best defense, they say, is to create countermeasures that unscrupulous GPS spoofers can't deceive.

Video: 'Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking, researchers say'

Time to

July 28, 2012

Two weeks ago I visited a friend, Mark Bridgen, who heads up the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center for Cornell University. He's a plant hunter and breeder, and one of the highlights of my visit was seeing his new Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily).

Grant to study willow as promising bioenergy crop

July 30, 2012

The commercialization of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop could be years closer, thanks to a $1.37 million grant that will allow Cornell researchers to take advantage of the newly mapped shrub willow genome to study hybrid vigor and yield.


Metabolon Strengthens Metabolomics Leadership With Acquisition of Lipomics Technologies

August 1, 2012

Metabolon, a company offering biochemical profiling for commercial services and diagnostics, acquires Lipomics. Lipomics provides metabolite profiling, biomarker discovery, metabolism consultation, and offers insight into the role of lipids in disease and treatment responses.

Weill Cornell Receives $49.6 Million NIH Renewal Grant Award for its Clinical and Translational Science Center

August 1, 2012

This Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is a 5-year renewal of the largest Federal grant ever awarded to the Medical College by the NIH.

Susan Henry wins prestigious award in lipid biochemistry

August 12, 2012

Susan Henry, professor of molecular biology and genetics and the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) from 2000 to 2010, won the 2013 Avanti Award in Lipids, according to the August issue of the magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB Today.

Bacteria employ 'quality-control' machinery, say biomolecular engineers

August 13, 2012

Like quality-control managers in factories, bacteria possess built-in machinery that track the shape and quality of proteins trying to pass through their cytoplasmic membranes, Cornell biomolecular engineers have shown.

Meghan French named NYC tech campus external relations director

August 14, 2012

Meghan French has been named director of external relations for the CornellNYC Tech campus in New York City. She comes to Cornell from Pace University, where she is assistant vice president for government and community relations.

Researchers crack retinal code to deliver artificial vision

August 15, 2012

Cornell University researchers have devised a new method for restoring human vision by looking into the way retinal cells communicate with the brain and each other. The result, they claim, is an enormous leap in quality over existing visual prosthetics.

Facebook Joins Google Backing New York's Silicon Dream: Tech

August 16, 2012

Manhattan's Roosevelt Island will be home to a new engineering and applied science graduate school, part of a bet that the next Apple Inc. could be born in the Big Apple.

Bloomberg: Cornell University New York City Tech Campus Now Accepting Applications

August 17, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg and Cornell University announced today that applications are now being accepted for Cornell's NYC Tech campus. The 'beta' class applications are due Oct 1 and students will begin pursuing the Cornell Master of Engineering degree in computer science in January 2013.

Entrepreneur turns bacterial daydream into successful start-up

August 18, 2012

Back in his days as a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, College Park, Cornell professor Matthew P. DeLisa began daydreaming about engineering bacteria to make humanlike glycoproteins that could in turn find use as innovative drugs.

Universities Report $1.8-Billion in Earnings on Inventions in 2011

August 19, 2012

Universities and their inventors earned more than $1.8-billion from commercializing their academic research in the 2011 fiscal year, collecting royalties from new breeds of wheat, from a new drug for the treatment of HIV, and from longstanding arrangements over enduring products like Gatorade.

New York's future - red?

August 20, 2012

Grapes may be the key to unlocking New York's wine future. One grape that seems to have potential for the state is a new hybrid developed at Cornell University.

Graphene films could make atomically thin circuits

August 21, 2012

Integrated circuits, which are in everything from coffeemakers to computers and are patterned from perfectly crystalline silicon, are quite thin -- but Cornell researchers think they can push thin-film boundaries to the single-atom level.

Congress must reform immigration laws that send top STEM graduates to China

August 22, 2012

Because of bureaucracy and delays, America is losing its top foreign-born job creators

Machines Making Machines: Robotics Expert Says 3-D Printing the Missing Link

August 22, 2012

Dr. Hod Lipson, a Cornell University engineering professor and the head of the university

Cornell's Huttenlocher on Tech CEOs, NYC Campus

August 23, 2012

Cornell NYC Tech Founding Dean Dan Huttenlocher discusses his school's achievements and which schools tech CEOs have come from.

New method helps researchers decode genomes

August 29, 2012

Although scientists sequenced the entire human genome more than 10 years ago, much work remains to understand what proteins all those genes code for.

NOHMs receives NIH award to develop high-energy medical batteries

August 30, 2012

NOHMs received a $150,000 grant from the NIH to develop lithium-sulfur batteries to power Left Ventricle Assist Devices (LVAD

Cornell Taps Two More Professors to Teach at NYC Tech Campus

August 31, 2012

CornellNYC Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher announced the names of two more professors who will teach at the campus in the spring.


Proteins barge in to turn off unneeded genes

September 5, 2012

When living cells activate a gene, they have a system in reserve to turn it off. The cell does not want to waste energy making proteins it no longer needs. Cornell researchers have identified two mechanisms cells use and found they are designed to be quick.

Pacific Biosciences Increases Sequencing Performance of the PacBio RS With Introduction of the Automated MagBead Station

September 10, 2012

Pacific Biosciences announced the launch of the MagBead Station for the PacBio RS, a product enhancement that delivers more high-value long reads, enables use of small sample amounts, and makes sample preparation more robust.

BioTime enters into worldwide license agreement with Cornell University

September 11, 2012

BioTime will develop and commercialize vascular cells derived from human embryonic stem cells developed at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Clean Tech Center portfolio company NOHMs Technologies named Top 30 Semi-Finalist

September 11, 2012

The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), a network of cleantech clusters, companies and professionals, announced its Global Top 30 Semi-Finalists for its 2012 Later Stage Award representing the top later stage cleantech companies best positioned to attract investment for growth.

Kionix Introduces the KXCNL Accelerometer with Dual User-Programmable State Machines

September 11, 2012

New device enables maximum configurability and user-programmability for consumer applications.

RAPid Impact Competition Winners Announced

September 12, 2012

Cornell robotic gripper video takes first place in video competition at Global Polymer Innovation Expo.

Kionix signs agreement with major distributor

September 13, 2012

Kionix, manufacturers of inertial sensors that are used in the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and health care markets, signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corp, an internet

New apple varieties being developed in Geneva

September 14, 2012

Susan Brown, a Cornell University horticulture professor and apple breeder, intimately understands the patience required to bring new apples to consumers.

Cornell a partner in $35M NSF research center

September 15, 2012

Cornell physicists and engineers are lending their expertise in next-generation nanoscale electronics research as part of a new $35 million National Science Foundation (NSF) research center.

Three top tech entrepreneurs will advise Cornell NYC Tech

September 16, 2012

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will guide growth of Cornell NYC Tech

Skorton joins presidents calling for visa reform for international students

September 17, 2012

Cornell President David Skorton is one of more than 150 university presidents and chancellors from all 50 states who has signed a letter supporting visa reform to grant green cards to international students with advanced degrees in technical fields.

The Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine Name the Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs

September 24, 2012

Cornell ranks #16 of best graduate entrepreneurship programs according to the results of the Princeton Review's annual survey.

GNS Healthcare Collaborates with a Leading CRO to Enable More Efficient and Cost-Effective Drug Development

September 25, 2012

Cornell Startup GNS will use their big data analytics platform to build novel computer models to better predict clinical trial success and identify responsive patients.

ZetrOZ named People's Choice, nominated for top 100 USA startups

September 26, 2012

Cornell Startup ZetrOZ was named a People

Samsung Selects RFMD's PowerSmart® to Power Next-Generation GALAXY Note II

September 26, 2012

RF Micro Devices, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, announced that it is enabling Samsung's next-generation GALAXY Note II with RFMD's PowerSmart® Power Platforms.

Cornell and Israel's Technion Unveil Net-Zero Energy Tech Hub Plans

September 27, 2012

Plans are underway to turn the entire island into an enormous super-green net-zero energy campus complete with four acres of geothermal wells and a solar array that is three times bigger than the current largest system in NYC.

Big Red Apples at Cornell

September 28, 2012

Cornell's apple breeding program is one of the largest and best in the world. Here are some fun facts about Cornell apples.


Mazourek brings organic plant breeding to N.Y. growers

October 1, 2012

When Michael Mazourek, Ph.D. '08, was a child, he dreamed of becoming a farmer, a chef or an engineer. Little did he know he'd get a taste of all three professions at Cornell.

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Partnership with Cornell NYC Tech to Help American Entrepreneurs Innovate, Grow, and Create Jobs

October 2, 2012

First-of-its-kind campus collaboration will provide USPTO and Commerce resources directly to students, faculty and industry, help accelerate commercialization of new technologies.

Tiny camera opens world of potential

October 6, 2012

Cornell researchers have invented a camera small enough to fit on the head of a pin.

Gene responsible for non-hereditary breast cancers discovered by scientists

October 12, 2012

Scientists say that they have discovered the gene responsible for many spontaneous, or non-inherited, breast cancers.

$1 million gift from Kionix to support graduate education

October 13, 2012

A $1 million gift from Kionix Inc., an Ithaca-based company founded to commercialize technology developed at Cornell, has established the Kionix Graduate Fellowship in Engineering.

Cornell's International Ag Program Earns First USDA Global Award

October 14, 2012

International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University has been recognized for its exceptional efforts to strengthen U.S. and global agriculture.

Cornell Set to Lay Out Campus Plans

October 15, 2012

Cornell University officials are releasing new details on the campus as they begin a formal public approval process, when the school plans to present renderings to city planning officials.

Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium Seeks Ways to Improve Biofuels Production

October 16, 2012

Cornell is playing a major role in the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio), a research and education project that seeks to develop perennial feedstock production systems and supply chains for shrub willow and such warm-season grasses as switchgrass and miscanthus.

Goldilocks and the Three TFs Make Blood Vessels

October 18, 2012

Amniotic fluid cells routinely used for prenatal diagnostics can be reprogrammed directly into stable endothelial cells (ECs) that could feasibly repair damaged organs or regenerate blood vessels.

Breeder creates 'game-changing' hybrid squash

October 19, 2012

For the last few years, Michael Mazourek's life's work has included the pursuit of the perfect squash, a project which this autumn may have come to - pardon the pun - fruition.

Cornell President to Lead Horse Racing Board

October 19, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed David Skorton, president of Cornell University, as chairman of the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board on Thursday, completing his takeover of horse racing in the hope of ending decades of scandal and mismanagement in an industry important to the state.

Program has $9 million to develop better grapes

October 24, 2012

It can take 20 years of research, resources and effort to bring a new grape variety to market. VitisGen, a multidisciplinary research project co-led by Cornell grape breeder Bruce Reisch, will soon provide breeders tools they can use to develop more and better varieties in that time.

Anti-Cocaine Vaccine Combined With Immunovaccine's DepoVax(TM) Shows Promise in Exploratory Study

October 24, 2012

Immunovaccine Inc., a clinical stage vaccine company, announced positive results from a preliminary study of an anti-cocaine vaccine in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College.

Scientists Decode "Software" Instructions of Aggressive Leukemia Cells

October 29, 2012

Researchers locate molecules that drive the development of three forms of deadly white blood cell cancers, pointing researchers to new potential therapeutic targets.

Materials scientists make additive-free battery electrodes with nanoparticles

October 30, 2012

Materials scientists have developed a simple, robust way to fabricate carbon-free and polymer-free, lightweight colloidal films for lithium-ion battery electrodes, which could greatly improve battery performance.

NSF "Building Innovative Capacity" Grant Awarded

October 31, 2012

NOHMs Technologies, Inc., Cornell University, and Graphene Devices, LLC, were jointly awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for “Building Innovative Capacity.” to combine battery, process, and fundamental materials expertise to develop a second generation material for high energy, low cost lithium sulfur battery electrodes.


Weill Cornell receives $1.5 million in Grand Challenges Explorations grants

November 2, 2012

Researchers at Weill Cornell have been awarded three research grants totaling more than $1.5 million as a winner of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Gathering at Cornell touts New York state's yogurt boom

November 8, 2012

What else? And what next? Those were two questions that dairy and industry experts grappled with Thursday as they discussed how to take advantage of the yogurt boom.

GNS to Use Big Data to Fight Multiple Myeloma

November 8, 2012

GNS Healthcare of Cambridge, MA, announced that it is collaborating with Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York to create a computer model of multiple myeloma meant to help discover new treatments for this deadly blood cancer.

Rajit Manohar named associate dean at Cornell NYC Tech

November 12, 2012

Rajit Manohar, professor of electrical and computer engineering and founder of Cornell Startup Achronix Semiconductor, has been named associate dean for academic affairs for the Cornell NYC Tech campus.

Obama appoints Cornell's LePage to National Science Board

November 20, 2012

A Cornell dean has gotten the nod from President Barack Obama. G. Peter LePage, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, will be appointed to the National Science Board.

Netravali honored for green composites research

November 27, 2012

Cornell fiber scientist Anil Netravali, a leader in developing biodegradable plant-based composites for buildings, furniture and commercial products ranging from sports gear to auto parts, received the Founder's Award from The Fiber Society at its fall conference in Boston, Nov. 7-9.

Cornell Startups Named 2012 GoingGreen Global 200 Top Private Companies

November 29, 2012

Novomer and Widetronix are named among the top 200 private greentech companies who are “taking maturing greentech research and pairing it with innovative technology solutions to change the way we live our lives for the better.”

Bioreactors for algae-based biofuels get $900K grant

November 30, 2012

A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae.


Cornell to Head $25M Cassava Genome-based Breeding Project

December 3, 2012

Cornell University has raked in $25.2 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom to lead an international team using genomic selection to improve cassava productivity, Cornell said on Friday.

Michal Lipson elected to IEEE fellow

December 3, 2012

Michal Lipson was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 2013 for "for contributions to design and applications of nanoscale photonic devices".

Hydrogel remembers its shape -- just add water

December 5, 2012

Scientists have created a shape-remembering material out of synthetic DNA that is eerily reminiscent of T-1000, the liquid metal assassin in the hit sci-fi film Terminator 2.

Nine on faculty elected AAAS fellows

December 5, 2012

In fields ranging from evolutionary biology to plant science, nine Cornell faculty members and scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

NOHMs Receives DARPA award to develop lithium sulfur batteries for high energy density storage

December 6, 2012

NOHMs was awarded a DARPA Phase I SBIR Grant to develop high energy batteries for tactical energy storage.

Novel Drug Therapy Targets Aggressive Form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

December 10, 2012

Researchers one-step closer to discovering combination drug therapy for lymphoma and and avoiding toxicity of chemotherapy.

Multimode waveguides bring light around corners for compact photonic chips

December 13, 2012

Light doesn't like to go around tight corners. Cornell and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have a solution that could offer increased bandwidth for fiber-optic communication, both in long-haul transmission and in the dense traffic in large data centers.

Synchronized nanoscale oscillators may spur new devices

December 14, 2012

Researchers have demonstrated synchronization at the nanoscale, using only light, not mechanics.

Technique offers high-speed, 3-D images in living tissue

December 17, 2012

Scientists trying to decipher the microenvironment of living biological tissues now have a way of taking high-resolution, high-speed, three-dimensional images of their inner workings.

David Erickson named a fellow of the Optical Society

December 19, 2012

David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been elevated to the rank of fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) for members who have "significantly contributed to the advancement of optics."

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