Cornell Startup Embark Founded to Assess Various Dogs’ Genealogy

Embark, a canine DNA testing company founded in 2015 by brothers Ryan and Adam Bokyo in Cornell’s Incubator for Life Science Companies, is now taking strides in studies of the canine genome. With the swab of a dog’s cheek, Embark can provide information about the dog’s genetic risk factors and ancestry. 

The Science Behind Cornell’s New Sustainable Energy Initiative: Earth Source Heat

On June 20, the Cornell Borehole Observatory began drilling into the Earth. Their goal is to reach a deep depth where there is natural heat sufficient to heat all of campus.

With a limited supply of fossil fuels, the University has explored alternative energy options. In 2009, the University set its sights on using Earth Source Heat, a sustainable type of geothermal heat that rests deep underground, to heat the campus.

Heat Stressed Cows Produce Less Milk Due to Leaky Gut, New Study Finds

A new Cornell study has demonstrated the connection between heat stress and gut permeability, which describes the porosity of the gut. According to co-author Prof. Joe McFadden, dairy cattle biology, the study is the first to directly investigate the connection as well as propose a solution through dietary shifts. 

Using NASA’s James Webb Images Further Explores the Galaxy, from the Planets to Stars

On July 12 NASA revealed stunning first images taken by its James Webb Space Telescope. For scientists, the release of these images will lead to a better understanding of the history and formation of the universe and the potential discovery of life outside of Earth. JWST is aninfrared telescope projected to be the primary observatory for numerous astronomers in the next decade. Unlike the Hubble telescope, JWST can view a larger range of infrared wavelengths, which are longer than visible light wavelengths. As objects farther apart in space emit light with longer wavelengths like infrared, JWST is necessary to observe these objects. 

Prof. Lisa Kaltenegger,astronomy, is the director of the Carl Sagan Institute and explainedthat because JWST is bigger than Hubble, it can collect more light.

Professor to Receive DEC Grant to Study Carbon-Capturing Ponds

Prof. Meredith Holgerson, ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive a fund granted by the Department of Environmental Conservation to study ponds and wetlands in Ithaca and the surrounding areas to understand how these small bodies of water contribute to carbon capture and storage.