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Photo: Franklin gun shop via <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/investment-fund-hopes-spur-innovation-gun-safety-technology">Innovation Trail</a>
Photo: Franklin gun shop via Innovation Trail

Can an investment fund make guns safer?

Although some states took legislative action after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings over a year ago, the debate over gun control has largely stalled at the national level. Now, a Silicon Valley-based group of tech investors has launched the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation to spur innovation of gun safety technology.

The foundation is putting forward a $1 million prize pool to aid gun safety tech entrepreneurs.  Go to full article
Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass. Photo: Corning, Inc.
Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass. Photo: Corning, Inc.

Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate

Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first antimicrobial glass for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. The glass is more resistant to bacteria but, doubts are emerging about the benefits of antibacterial products.

We use touch screens constantly. They're on smart devices, on ATMs, at self-check-outs, and in airports. And, according to Corning's David Velasquez, we're transferring the germs from everything we touch right onto those glass surfaces.  Go to full article
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/21317126@N04/7362224090/">ibmphoto24</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: ibmphoto24, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

Governor Cuomo outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it quicker and easier for local police departments to share crime information across jurisdictions.

John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, says it'll give local police departments more and better information as the carry out criminal investigations.  Go to full article
Rural wireless broadband antenna. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/71858648@N00/5017130968/">Scott Weston</a>, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved
Rural wireless broadband antenna. Photo: Scott Weston, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved

NY getting $9M from FCC to expand rural broadband

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials say companies in New York are getting almost $9 million as part of $260 million national program to expand broadband Internet access to rural areas.

The Federal Communications Commission says the money will go to communications carriers FairPoint, Frontier Communications, and Windstream.  Go to full article

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The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

Digital theater conversion effort is ongoing

An effort to equip North Country movie theaters with new digital technology is moving forward, thanks to a regional fundraising effort.

John Huttlinger, head of the Adirondack Film Society, says cinemas from Indian Lake to Tupper Lake have already made the transition, while other theaters, like the one in Lake Placid, are getting close.  Go to full article
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSF_building.jpg">NSF</a>
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: NSF

Shut-down hurts R&D economy

The federal government shutdown has impacted funding for a range of research and development sectors.

A senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington DC says the interruption could have long-term effects on America's research-driven economy.  Go to full article
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpstanley/423720850/">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: Jeremy Stanley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Clear skies, longer nights offer great star-gazing

The days are getting shorter, by about three minutes every 24 hours now, and that's welcome news for Aileen O'Donoghue. It means more time for looking at the night sky.

O'Donoghue teaches physics, including astronomy, at St. Lawrence University, and stopped by the NCPR studios this morning to deliver an update on the current highlights in what she calls the wilderness above us.

She tells Martha Foley about Venus (hanging in the west at sundown), Saturn (nearby, but fainter and MUCH farther away), and the waning crescent, and Jupiter (both in the morning sky). And then there's the new crescent, coming Monday.  Go to full article

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UW researcher Andrea Stocco during the experiment. Photo: University of Washington
UW researcher Andrea Stocco during the experiment. Photo: University of Washington

Brain to brain communication, via the Internet

We've used the internet to connect computers. Now, how about using it to connect our brains? Researchers at the University of Washington have done just that in what they say is the first ever brain-to-brain interface.  Go to full article

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