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The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy.

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Report shows polarization in NYS job market

A new report from the New York Federal Reserve shows that advances in technology and globalization mean job opportunities are growing in high skill sectors like engineering, and also in lower skill sectors like childcare. But opportunities in between are declining.  Go to full article
A drillpad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Marie Cusick for Innovation Trail
A drillpad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Marie Cusick for Innovation Trail

Scientists set baseline for pre-fracking water quality

Two Syracuse University geology professors - along with a graduate assistant or two - are hurrying to collect water samples from drinking wells in the Southern Tier before - and if - the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing is approved in New York.  Go to full article
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick

Towns prep for heavy fracking truck traffic

Last summer, an anti-fracking group leaked a state transportation department document estimating the financial impact on New York's roads if hydro fracking for natural gas extraction goes ahead. The total expected was $200 to $400 million annually.

As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, many local governments have been working to make sure drilling companies will be accountable.  Go to full article
The Buffalo premiere of <i>Truthland</i>. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
The Buffalo premiere of Truthland. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

"Truthland" ignites fracking debate

A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University poll shows New York residents are evenly split on the issue of hydrofracking. The survey comes hard on the heels of a new pro-fracking public relations effort in upstate communities.

Last week, Buffalo was the stage for a screening of "Truthland," a film financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. As Daniel Robison reports, the event highlighted how starkly polarizing the topic can be for the public.  Go to full article
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG

Water monitors prepare for fracking in New York

High-volume hydraulic fracturing has not come to Pierce Creek in the City of Binghamton. During the past four years, the Department of Environmental Conservation, or NYSDEC, has been conducting an environmental review of fracking. New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams running through it and opponents of hydrofracking say the controversial practice poses a risk to the state's waterways.  Go to full article
GraFighters co-founder Eric Cleckner, right, shares a laugh with fellow entrepreneur and BrandYourself co-founder Patrick Ambron, left. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
GraFighters co-founder Eric Cleckner, right, shares a laugh with fellow entrepreneur and BrandYourself co-founder Patrick Ambron, left. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Drawing up their business was harder than they thought

A stick-figure here, maybe a monster there: odds are most of us have been bored enough during a meeting or class to take to doodling in our notebooks. Maybe we even wished those drawings could come to life. That wish turned into an entire business platform for one group of friends. But as the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, those friends soon learned their dream takes hard work.  Go to full article
The Windsor Town Board took public commentson a resolution in favor of the DEC's authority over fracking. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG via Innovation Trail
The Windsor Town Board took public commentson a resolution in favor of the DEC's authority over fracking. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG via Innovation Trail

Pro and anti fracking laws duel in Southern Tier

The debate over hydraulic fracturing in New York State is growing heated in Southern Tier towns. And it's getting more complicated as localities wait for the state to issue its proposed regulations for hydrofracking. Many of the town boards there have passed resolutions supporting state control over gas drilling regulation. As The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, supporters are using the resolutions as a way to stem the flow of local drilling bans.  Go to full article
The voyage will be led by Sherri Mason, a SUNY Fredonia professor. Photo: Daniel Robison / WBFO
The voyage will be led by Sherri Mason, a SUNY Fredonia professor. Photo: Daniel Robison / WBFO

Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail

Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes. This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world's largest fresh water system. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison has more.  Go to full article
The Sensordone tracks facets of its environment, including light and gas levels, color, humidity and more. Photo: Innovation Trail, courtesy of Sensorcon
The Sensordone tracks facets of its environment, including light and gas levels, color, humidity and more. Photo: Innovation Trail, courtesy of Sensorcon

Company launches a "sensor" revolution

A small company in western New York wants to spark a "sensor revolution." They're going far beyond the household smoke detector. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, the startup has created buzz with a small keychain that reads temperature, dew point, carbon monoxide levels and more.  Go to full article
An International Climbing Machine. Photo: icm.cc
An International Climbing Machine. Photo: icm.cc

Robots monitor wind tower damage

An Ithaca-based company called International Climbing Machines makes small robots that can climb wind turbines to check for damage. As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, workers on the ground might enjoy having these mechanical friends in high places.  Go to full article

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