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Media's "Free Pass" for Nanoscience

The National Science Foundation predicts in the next decade, nanotechnology (science at the molecular level) will create products worth a trillion dollars worldwide. Nanoscience has been charged with creating everything from new hand creams to ever-smaller computer chips to a way to bring the dead back to life. A professor at Clarkson University, where nanotech research is a high priority, says the mainstream media has played fast and loose with nanoscience. Brent Faber is a communications professor. He and his students studied 300 articles about nanotechnology in newspapers and broadcasts from 1986 to 2000. Faber told David Sommerstein the reports were overwhelmingly positive, based largely on speculation, with scant reference to data or research methods. Faber's study was published in the online journal, Nanotechnology Law & Business.  Go to full article

Tupper Resort Draws Pros, Cons, and Questions

Local people filled the Tupper Lake High School auditorium last night to discuss the proposed resort around the Big Tupper Ski Area. Developer Michael Foxman hopes to build more than 700 condos, townhouses and great camps on roughly 6,000 acres. Project supporters organized the session, hoping to ease concerns about the impacts of the project. As Brian Mann reports, the session offered people a chance to ask blunt questions about the resort and its impact on the economy and on taxes.  Go to full article

Tax Credit, or School Voucher?

Governor George Pataki has proposed in his new budget a tax credit for parents of children who live in poorly performing school districts. Parents could use the credit towards private or parochial school tuition. But some Democrats accuse Pataki of sneaking in a school voucher program under another name. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown

Article Examines "Big 4" Adk Green Groups

In the latest issue of the Adirondack Explorer, editor Phil Brown profiles the "big four" environmental groups that operate inside the Park. Brown compares the history and...  Go to full article

Dems Pledge More Money for Municipalities

Assembly Democrats say local cities, towns, and villages should get more money in the new state budget to help curb rising property taxes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Bobbie and Bob Andrews in the barn.

A Year on the Farm: Winter Doesn't Stop Chores

The North Country used to be a region of dairy farmers. Northern New York has lost hundreds of dairy farms since the 1980s. Still, dairy remains the biggest industry here...  Go to full article

Mild Weather Slowing Logging Operations

Mild winter weather is slowing down logging operations across the region. Many areas in the North Country can only be logged in the winter because they stay too wet and muddy...  Go to full article

Spitzer Outlines Reform Plans

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who's the only announced candidate for Governor in this year's elections, outlined his plan to reform the state's health care system and...  Go to full article

"Frankenpine" Tower Suit Thrown Out

A state Supreme Court judge in Saratoga Springs has dismissed an
environmental group's lawsuit over a controversial cell phone tower on Lake George. The so-called...  Go to full article
Senator Clinton campaigning against the passport plan last summer in Massena.

"Passport-Lite" Plan Raises Border Questions

Last year the Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to require U.S. and Canadian citizens to show passports at the Canadian border. The proposal drew widespread...  Go to full article

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