Hop Bottom, PA, May 30, 2012 — In the debate over whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in New York State, the need for millions of gallons of water at each well is a major concern.
A Canadian company called Gasfrac has developed a fracking method that eliminates the need for all that water. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports it's still too early to tell whether it will make a dent in a crowded industry. Go to full article
It's the private sector that's leading the way in job creation, as the public sector is dragging.
Albany, NY, May 29, 2012 — New York State is on the brink of returning to pre-recession job levels, largely thanks to upstate. That's according to a new analysis from IHS Global Insight. The Innovation Trail's Alex Crichton has more. Go to full article
The Capital Region has become a hub of research, innovation and manufacturing for the semiconductor industry. Photo: jurvetson / via Flickr
Niagara Falls, NY, May 24, 2012 — Over the last week, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda's been in Niagara Falls, practicing for his June 15th walk over the famous Falls. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison joined hundreds of people at the scene and found Wallenda's presence inspired an eclectic, carnival atmosphere in the hard scrabble city of 50,000. Go to full article
Watson demoed by IBM employees. Photo: Raysonho@Open Grid Scheduler
Rochester, NY, May 21, 2012 — IBM's Watson already has "Jeopardy!" under its belt. Now the computer giant is turning to the University of Rochester for ideas on what to do next. The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward explains. Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Vestal, NY, May 18, 2012 — Hydraulic fracturing involves the high-pressure injection of water and chemicals into the ground to split rock apart and release natural gas or oil. It's being used extensively in the rapidly expanding natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, but has been blamed for a range of environmental and health problems.
Just across the border, the Town of Vestal, near Binghamton, is well-placed for natural gas development. It's in one of three counties in New York considered to be in the sweet spot of Marcellus Shale development. And as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, its location is what makes Vestal a hot spot in the larger debate about hydrofracking. Go to full article
NY's senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
Syracuse, NY, May 15, 2012 — New York's senators are looking to reduce unemployment among recently retired veterans. They unveiled three new bills at a joint press conference Monday. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports. Go to full article
Computers ready for recycling in Olympia, WA. Photo: Bluedisk at en.wikipedia
New York, NY, Apr 25, 2012 — When the town of Canton opened a drop-off site this week for old electronics, it was not only giving St. Lawrence County residents a convenient way to dispose of unwanted TVs, computers, and cellphones, it was also helping them comply with the law.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the New York State law that requires old electronics be recycled instead of simply thrown in the trash. Under the law, manufacturers have to collect and recycle the products they create when consumers are done with them. But a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council finds the law is having mixed results.
Reporter Tracey Samuelson of New York Public Radio followed one discarded computer through the recycling process. Go to full article
Ithaca, NY, Apr 24, 2012 — New York's fruit growers are suffering through an uncertain time. The freak snow storm Monday only added to that uncertainty. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.
(Support for the Innovation Trail comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting on New York's innovation economy. Go to full article
Ron Paul drew thousands to Cornell University Thursday night. (Photo: Matt Richmond)