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posticon Hilarious Something To Do While Stuck at Home

Around Town | Friday, March 27, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Customer Reviews

One of the most often repeated complaints on social media about being stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis is 'I'm bored'.  But there are so many things to occupy our time if we just look for them.  I spent a morning Tuesday looking at customer reviews of products on Amazon, and nearly fell off my chair laughing.  I didn't even know you could buy uranium ore over the Internet!

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Uranium Ore

Quote I left this product next to my pet lizard, unfortunately now he's 350ft tall now and is currently destroying Tokyo, Japan.

Quote  Great for making things glow...I can see my organs now if I pull the sheets over my head

Quote I got a free cat in the box with this purchase but I'm not sure if I should open it to see if the cat is ok.

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posticon New York's Biggest Bird Survey

Around Town | Friday, March 27, 2020 | By Cornell Lab of Ornithology Print
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The soothing power of nature can be a welcome antidote to uncertain times like these. Surveying birds during a wander in the woods or a ramble in the park is also an important way to assess how New York State's birds are faring. The third Breeding Bird Atlas survey is now underway and bird watchers are being asked to join this important effort.  During the next five years, volunteers will gather information that scientists can then use to see what's changed for New York's breeding birds since the first survey was conducted in the 1980s. For the first time, participants will record their observations online through a special portal in the eBird program run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

"This is a unique opportunity for anyone to learn about birds while contributing valuable data for conservation," said Julie Hart, atlas project coordinator at the New York Natural Heritage Program. "I encourage all bird enthusiasts to participate and tune in to the breeding birds that raise their families here in New York State."

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posticon Cornell Community Donates Essential Medical Supplies

Around Town | Friday, March 27, 2020 | By Abigail Butler Print
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As hospitals across the country try to manage a surge in coronavirus patients while also facing a global shortage in the protective gear needed to treat them, the Cornell community has banded together to donate crucial medical supplies to local health care providers. The push to collect supplies began March 16 when Deputy Provost John Siliciano emailed college deans to ask if any of their research labs had extra viral specimen swabs or personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be sent to Cayuga Medical Center.

The response was immediate. Departments and units from almost every college echoed the call and began coordinating efforts to gather the supplies. Research facilities across campus turned into impromptu staging areas for collection. The College of Veterinary Medicine alone donated 900 N95 respirators to CMC, as well as swabs for sample testing, and is looking into providing animal ventilators that can also be used for humans. Even groups not directly linked to technical or medical research, like MBA students in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, took up the call.

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