Social media boosts remembrance of things past

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study – the first to look at social media’s effect on memory – suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall. “If people want to remember personal experiences, the best way is to put them online,” said Qi Wang, the lead author of the […]

Chances are you don’t remember what you just retweeted

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a digital world where information is at your fingertips, be prepared to hold on tight before it slips right through them. Research at Cornell University and Beijing University finds retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a “cognitive overload” that interferes with learning and retaining what you’ve just seen. Worse yet, that […]

Cornell inducts China Advisory Board

Media note: Please find photos of Laura Spitz, vice-provost for international affairs at Cornell University, welcoming members of the new board here. ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University inducted seven members of its inaugural Cornell-China Advisory Board in a ceremony on April 2 at the Rosewood Hotel in Beijing. The role of the board members is […]

Creativity leads to measuring ultrafast, thin photodetector

ITHACA, N.Y. – Making an incredibly fast photodetector is one thing, but actually measuring its speed is another. Graduate student Haining Wang came up with an inventive way of measuring the near-instantaneous electrical current generated using a light detector that he and a team of Cornell engineers made using an atomically thin material. The team, […]