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Spring 2013

Fundamentals in Focus

In this issue of periodiCALS, we explore the work of the college's scientists advancing our fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that regulate life and underpin the natural world around us. From the molecular mechanics of that most basic of building blocks, DNA, to the patois of patterns in evolution and communication, these intrepid explorers provide the foundation for innovation and practical problem-solving, using both traditional and state-of-the-art tools. Plus, meet the people behind some of CALS' incredible research collections, as well as innovative alumni.

If you want a window into someone’s soul, don’t look at their eyes, look at their Facebook profile. Jeff Hancock discusses deception at a recent TEDx talk.

Jeff Hancock

From the head of a great white shark to a fruit fly, Cornell’s CT (computed tomography) Imaging facility can non-invasively create spectacular 3D datasets.

CT Imaging

The Birds-of-Paradise Project reveals the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth. Watch some of their colorful displays in action.

Birds of Paradise

Still curious about the collections featured in the pages of periodiCALS? Find out more about the day-to-day activities at these invaluable scientific resources.

Birds of Paradise