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E. coli replicate close to thermodynamic limits of efficiency

All living things must obey the laws of physics — including the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the universe’s disorder, or entropy,...

Giving preschoolers choice increases sharing behavior

Getting kids to share their toys is a never-ending battle, and compelling them to do so never seems to help. New research suggests that allowing...

Human hand gestures began in fish brains

Talking with your hands may have begun with fish, according to research presented by Andrew Bass, Cornell professor of neurobiology and behavior, at the...

Perfecting digital imaging

Computer graphics and digital video lag behind reality; despite advances, the best software and video cameras still cannot seem to get computer-generated images and...

Long-distance couples disclose more and idealize partners’ behaviors

The long-distance relationship has plagued college students and people relocated for work for ages. These relationships are seen as destined to fail, but are they...

Study: Agents like Snowden prone to irrational decision making

U.S. intelligence agents – like the embattled Edward Snowden – are more prone to irrational inconsistencies in decision making when compared to college students...

To feed the future, we must mine the wealth of the...

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity's caloric intake, people need to tap unused...

Researchers call for easing of interplanetary contamination rules

Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive—on Mars. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, astrobiologists Alberto Fairén of Cornell University...

Colorful plates boost a picky eater’s appetite

Parents of picky eaters can encourage their children to eat more nutritionally diverse diets by introducing more color to their meals, according to a...

Why young couples aren’t getting married

With the share of married adults at an all-time low in the United States, new research by demographers at Cornell University and the University...

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