“The Los Angeles City Council has joined New York City and Chicago in recommending a ban on e-cigarette use in public spaces. This decision comes on the heels of public criticism of glamorization of these products in Los Angeles during the Academy Awards by Julia Louise Dryfus and Leonardo DiCaprio. The decision is thus likely to be consequential from the perspective of de-normalizing and de-glamourizing their use.
E-cigarettes have rapidly grown in popularity, yet there is much left to learn about their potential health impact and potential utility as a way to help smokers quit smoking cigarettes. Preventing their use in public spaces seems appropriate in light of their potential to hook young people on nicotine or lead to their use of cigarettes.”—Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor at Cornell University who studies health messaging – specifically how media, marketing and warning messages on tobacco products impact sales to youth – comments on how Los Angeles’ decision to ban e-cigarettes in many public spaces will help stop the glamorization of e-cigarette use.
February 24, 1871 A letter to the editor in The Cornell Era, a student weekly, calls for students to choose a “college color.” “Our alma mater is certainly up to some of her older sisters in many things; why should she be lacking in this? Dartmouth having chosen the appropriate color of green we are deprived of that, but we certainly should be able to select [a color]. We need it for our boat-clubs, baseball suits, college badges, marshals and parades.”
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“Fats, often in a form called fatty acids, are frequently found in foods. These fatty acids are important parts of vegetable oils, such as soybean, peanut, corn, sunflower, and safflower oil. For a long time it was believed that fats could not be tasted or smelled. Instead, it was believe that fats only affected the texture of foods.
Early in this century (2007 to 2009), researchers at Purdue University (Richard D. Mattes and his colleagues) found that, in fact, fats could be tasted, and probably smelled.
Around the same time, my colleagues and I reported that pure fatty acids, the same ones that are major components of vegetable oils, could be easily smelled. This smelling occurred not only for fatty acids that are normally liquid at room temperature (linoleic and oleic fatty acids) but also for a fatty acid that is a solid at room temperature, like stearic fatty acid, which is found in many foods.
Because not many of the molecules of a solid will move into the air (compared to a liquid), the finding that a solid fatty acid could be smelled meant that we were very sensitive to the smell of fatty acids. These findings fit with previous observations that linoleic, oleic, and stearic fatty acids have important effects on the flavor of cooked foods.”—Bruce Halpern, professor emeritus of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University and expert in sensory systems — primarily smell in humans, comments on a new study confirming his findings that your nose can smell the fat content in food way before the morsel makes it to your mouth.
“In our research, we’ve achieved surprisingly accurate identifications of terrorist suspects with limited, and non-invasive, data – the type of data that minimally violates individual privacy rights. Obviously at some point a closer investigation of such suspects would become invasive, but it appears to be possible to limit such invasive surveillance to a much smaller set of individuals than a sweep of app data includes.”—Matthew Brashears, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is the principal investigator on a Defense Threat Reduction Agency research project to develop new ways to identify covert social networks, particularly those that are preparing a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack. He comments on Edward Snowden’s latest leak showing the NSA’s ability to monitor user data from smartphone apps.