Wait. Northern Paper Wasps Recognize Each Other’s Faces?

Wait. Northern Paper Wasps Recognize Each Other’s Faces?

But they also serve not only an important ecological role, but are providing researchers with a fascinating ability to watch and track evolution in almost real time, says Sara Miller, a post-doctoral fellow in the Sheehan Lab at Cornell University, who published a 2020 study on northern paper wasp facial recognition.

Sea of Solitude Captures the Loneliness and Anxiety of the Pandemic

Sea of Solitude Captures the Loneliness and Anxiety of the Pandemic

With the director’s cut, “we had the opportunity to refine or change everything we ever wanted to do with Sea of Solitude,” says Cornelia Geppert, creative director of Jo-Mei. In addition to upgrading the gameplay and adding features including a photo mode, Jo-Mei hired author Stephen Bell to rework the script and a team of professional voice actors to read it.

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

The Cornell paper examines the pay and expenses of more than 14,100 Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers during one week in October 2019, using data from the ride-hail companies.

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

As coronavirus worries spread throughout the country, we get it: Some of you won’t be moving at all.The share of incorrectly parked motor vehicles observed by a team of Cornell University researchers as they hung out in five major US cities for three days each.

This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms

This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms

And a study from Cornell found that dating apps that let users filter matches by race, like OKCupid and The League, reinforce racial inequalities in the real world. While Monster Match is just a game, Berman has a few ideas of how to improve the online and app-based dating experience.

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Instead, Microsoft is tackling the challenges of making a truly decentralized solution for a large number of users. His group at Cornell is working on some problems, such as issuing credentials in a way that preserves privacy, and how people will take care of their security keys—the “Achilles heel” of any decentralized system, he says.

Low-Battery Anxiety Is Real. So Is the Solution

Low-Battery Anxiety Is Real. So Is the Solution

According to Malte Jung, who studies human-robot interactions at Cornell University, the issue with electric-vehicle range anxiety is less that people are uncomfortable with battery power and more that our devices seem to lie to us.

AI Could Scan IVF Embryos to Help Make Babies More Quickly

AI Could Scan IVF Embryos to Help Make Babies More Quickly

In new research published today in NPJ Digital Medicine , scientists at Cornell University trained an off-the-shelf Google deep learning algorithm to identify IVF embryos as either good, fair, or poor based on the likelihood each one would successfully implant.

Meet the Bizarre American Bittern

Meet the Bizarre American Bittern

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls the bittern’s song the “gulps of a thirsty giant.” Take it from me, it’s positively jarring. “It’s so bizarre to hear this noise.”

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

“In just very general terms, this makes a ton of sense,” said James Cordes , an astrophysicist at Cornell University, adding that while further details still need to be worked out, “I would say it’s a good horse to bet on.” What the astronomers really like, though, is that Metzger’s theory generates very specific predictions for what future FRBs should look like, predictions that will soon be put to make-or-break tests.

The Triumphant Rediscovery of the Biggest Bee on Earth

The Triumphant Rediscovery of the Biggest Bee on Earth

“In a time of biodiversity declines, including for insects, this rediscovery gives us hope that not all is lost and that we have managed to protect not only an amazing bee, but importantly also the unique habitat that is its, and likely many other rare species', home,” says Cornell University entomologist Corrie Moreau, who wasn’t involved in this new work.