Just in time for tonight’s presidential debate, Dartmouth professors and a colleague have developed a phone app that “allows users to virtually ‘boo’ or ‘cheer’ the candidates by shaking or tapping their phones,” reports USA Today.
According to a study by Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan and a colleague, people can learn what’s true and what’s false after reading fact checks of political claims, even when they run counter to their political preferences, reports Poynter.
“The race is on to see whose fetid ‘corpse flower’ will bloom first, as two of the rare specimens are set to unfurl their leafy outer layers within days,” writes The Boston Globe. One is at Dartmouth and one is at the Franklin Park Zoo.
Dartmouth held what is considered the first U.S. orienteering competition 75 years ago. This weekend, the College will host the North American Orienteering Championships, showcasing how far the sport has come since then.
The White House will host science ministers and representatives of indigenous groups to reflect on Arctic science, monitoring, and data sharing. Dartmouth’s Ross Virginia and Michael Sfraga discuss research in the region, reports News Deeply.
As an undergraduate, Kyle Hendricks ’12 told his Dartmouth coach, Bob Whalen, “Coach, baseball is the most important thing to me,” reports SFGate via the AP. Now a Chicago Cubs pitcher, the alumnus is 15-8 with a majors-leading 2.06 ERA.
Dartmouth hosts 24th-ranked UNH in the nationally televised Granite Bowl Saturday night. “Instead of nervous, we’re excited to show everyone what we’ve got,” Brandon Cooper ’17, defensive end for the defending Ivy League champs, tells WCAX TV.
Professor Andrew Levin made Politico's Top 50 list of “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” He has called for restructuring the Fed to bring greater transparency and diversity to the powerful central bank.
Cloud computing is nothing new—it started at Dartmouth in 1940 when a math equation sent via phone lines to New York was solved by Professor George Stibitz’s Complex Number Calculator and returned in minutes, reports the website Motherboard.
Apple’s new iPhone 7 did little to change an industry that the company essentially invented in 2007, says Tuck professor Constance Helfat. Making another product that creates such a large new market, so fast, might be impossible, she says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin used a word for “brilliant” to describe Donald Trump—and Trump says Putin called him a “genius.” But the word Putin used refers more to color than intelligence, Russian professor Mikhail Gronas tells NBC News.
Computer science professor Hany Farid has developed an algorithm that can help social media sites identify and remove terrorist messages—raising free-speech concerns, reports The Verge. Farid created a similar tool to combat child pornography.
Geisel professor and former NASA astronaut Jay Buckey says conflict and depression management tools can help relationships in space, and on Earth. Buckey provided mental health training for the NASA crew of a mock Mars habitat based in Hawaii.
Talk of food and farming is absent from presidential politics, says Professor Anne Kapuscinski. She says the next president needs to end subsidies supporting junk food and work to support fruit and vegetable intake recommendations.
American shot putter Adam Nelson ’97, who missed a gold medal by a tiny margin in the 2004 Olympics, received it nearly a decade later (after the original winner’s doping was discovered)—without ceremony, in a parking lot—reports The Guardian
More women than men graduated from Dartmouth’s undergraduate engineering program this year—a first for national research universities, reports Diversity in Action. Out of 119 engineering majors, 64 were women, the magazine reports.
Professor Nathaniel Dominy is skeptical of a new theory that Lucy died in a fall from a tree nest. "For me, the much more likely scenario is that she was climbing for food,” he tells The Washington Post.