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In an effort to make parking easier and more convenient for its residents, the City of Ithaca has teamed up with the parking app Parkmobile, which allows users to pay for parking from their smartphone. The free app requires is a license plate number and credit card information to create an account. “With Parkmobile, you don’t even have to get out of your car to use it,” said Frank Nagy, Ithaca’s Director of Parking. “No more chasing quarters in your car, no more standing in the elements, no more standing in the rain and no more waiting in line to…

Nat Geo WILD’s new documentary television show brings the reality of surviving veterinary school to the small screen this fall. “Vet School” premiered Saturday and features seven graduate students from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. “It’s a day in the life of a vet student. It’s very much so a documentary, not a reality show,” said Dan Cimino, who is featured on the show as a first-year graduate student. Camera crews followed three first-year students and four fourth-year students throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Episodes focus on students’ interaction with live animals during first-year labs and fourth-year…

BY KRISTEN GOWDY AND KIRA MADDOX State-of-the-art equipment at Cornell University has allowed researchers to uncover key artifacts from America’s early history. Mark Riccio, co-director of the Cornell Biotechnology Resource Center’s imaging facilities, was joined by two archaeologists and conservators in April as they tried to unlock secrets hidden within select excavated artifacts. The items date back to the early 1600s, found alongside four graves within the first Anglican church built by English settlers. “They called me and said, ‘Hey, we have some interesting artifacts of national importance,’” Riccio said. “But they couldn’t tell me what they were.” What they ended…

When new mother Jennifer McCullen held her baby girl for the first time, she thought she was the most beautiful child she had ever seen, but there was a minor, odd blemish. Her baby’s ears looked like they were collapsing – a condition known as “lidding.” McCullen didn’t want her daughter to feel self-conscious as she grew, and she searched for options for correcting the ear deformity. Luckily, she found Dr. Melissa Doft. Ear deformities can occur in 20 to 35 percent of all births, according to the LeBeau Clinic. Previously, these problems were corrected with collaged devices or with…

By this summer, Tompkins County will be generating four percent of the total solar energy produced in upstate New York. “As of 2012 there were around 300 megawatts or so that were installed [in New York State],” Pradeep Haldar, director of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, said. “In the next ten years you are going to see roughly ten times that amount which are going to be installed.” SUNY Polytechnic Institute received a $35 million grant from the state through Governor Cuomo’s New York Sun initiative to research…

Fall Creek, a stream that runs into the southern end of Lake Cayuga, shows phosphate levels have increased by over 50 percent in some areas since 2013, notably culverts near farming communities. From December 2013 to 2014, total phosphorus levels near the Cayuga Street Bridge and Tillotson Road have increased by 1/3 and by 20 percent at Chaplin Road, according to the Community Science Institute lakes and streams database. The Environmental Protection Agency regulated level of .05 mg/l if streams run into lakes is far off from Fall Creek’s water samples. “If you keep adding phosphorus [to water] and raise…

Tompkins County has a 95 percent immunization rate. However, recent data shows that six Ithaca schools have a rate lower than this average, the lowest being 65.1 percent. According to state data from the 2012-2013 academic year, which is the most recent data, these schools are Ithaca Waldorf School, 65.1 percent, Fall Creek Elementary School, 84 percent, Alternative Community School, 83.4 percent, New Roots Charter School, 87 percent, Cascadilla Prep, 85.9 percent and Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School, 89.2 percent. A 95 percent immunization rate is the necessary percentage to protect the community from a measles outbreak, such as that in…

Last December, Cornell University’s Teaching Dairy Barn implemented cutting-edge accelerometer devices, used in approximately less than 5 percent of dairy farms across the country to monitor cow activity and to keep cows healthy. The accelerometer monitors are used to examine milking technique and the cow health, Dr. Chuck Guard said. Guard is an associate professor at Cornell University and director of the Teaching Dairy Barn. The data is used to evaluate and improve the methods used by students and technicians who do the milking. Secondly, they are used to monitor cow health. “Giving them a new environment, milk production increased…

A group of students at Cornell University has created a nutrient-dense meat substitute in response to the Thought for Food challenge. The challenge, a global campaign that seeks to find a solution to feed the growing global population, began in 2011. Thought for Food estimates that there will be 9 billion people by 2050, meaning there will be a need for new and innovative ways to feed the world. Named “C-fu,” the product the Cornell students developed is made entirely from crushed mealworms. It has a texture similar to tofu and can be cooked in a variety of ways to…

A Cornell professor and his team of biologists built a synthetic switch that can turn on the gene expression process—the basis of life—which could help doctors detect diseases and permanently transform genetic engineering. In a study published online Feb. 2 in Nature Chemical Biology, Julius Lucks, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and his team of graduate and undergraduate researchers, describe how they genetically engineered tiny ribonucleic acids (RNA) that can kick-start genes in the human body. “These new RNA molecules can now fire up the hard drive,” Lucks said. What he means is that if DNA is the…

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