Twitter followers use friendships to fight fake news

ITHACA, N.Y. – New Cornell University research offers hope that fake news and false rumors that reverberate around the Internet can be quashed. When Twitter users tweet a false rumor, they are more than twice as likely to accept correction if it comes from a mutual follower – someone they follow who also follows them […]

Cornell GPS receiver hitches a ride to space to find scientific ‘gold nuggets’

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers have developed a new piece of technology to study charged particles in the plasma of space, on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere – known as “space weather.” These particles affect the performance of communications and navigation satellites. To study conditions in the ionosphere, a band between 50 and 600 […]

Google, Facebook must set standards beyond fake news

Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University who studies the way people communicate online and the role of accountability, credibility, and legitimacy within social networks, says that steps to regulate fake news online are attempts by social media companies to avoid facing up to their larger public role. Bio: https://communication.cals.cornell.edu/people/drew-margolin Margolin says: “Fake […]

MASH star will share his passion for science communication with Cornell

WHAT: Actor, director and writer Alan Alda will deliver a free, public lecture, “Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science”, on the best ways to communicate science work, ideas and concepts WHEN: Monday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members […]

Soda tax fight bubbling in Philadelphia

Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor at Cornell University who studies health messaging and co-author of the recent study “Americans’ opinions about policies to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages,” says the beverage industry will fight Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax by funding front groups to make it appear like there is a grassroots uprising. […]