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Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris

From milk to beer: Dairy family switches to hops

Agriculture in the North Country is changing - and the evidence is everywhere. For the Goodmans, a longtime dairy family in Fort Ann, in Washington County, it's time to get out of the business. But Erica and Les Goodman are trying something new on their land: growing hops. And they're using social media to do it.  Go to full article

High tech advocates plan "march" for immigration reform

The technology industry is using social media to create a "virtual march" on Washington. The March for Innovation, launched by the Partnership for a New Economy, is lobbying for immigration reform, putting pressure on Congress to provide more visas for high-skilled workers and entrepreneurs.
But the strategy has its skeptics.  Go to full article
An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Photo: Syracuse Center of Excellence
An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Photo: Syracuse Center of Excellence

Can green tech be competitive with NYS "green bank?"

Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York's future energy requirements. The plan needs to address a range of issues including energy security, pricing and the role of renewables. This week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

Part of that agenda is a $1 billion "green energy bank" to leverage public dollars to boost the clean technology economy.  Go to full article
Aeryon Scout in flight. Civilian drones such as this have been used to assist search and rescue activities. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain
Aeryon Scout in flight. Civilian drones such as this have been used to assist search and rescue activities. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain

How New York could benefit from drones

New York stands to be one of the country's biggest beneficiaries of the growth in the civilian drone industry expected over the next decade. A new study places the state in the top 10 list for the sector's expected economic impact.  Go to full article
The Warren County town of Thurman will use a new broadband technology called "white space." Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7229323266/">Diane Cordell</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The Warren County town of Thurman will use a new broadband technology called "white space." Photo: Diane Cordell CC some rights reserved

Adk town to use new "white space" broadband tech

The North Country is in line to receive a big chunk of the $25 million that state officials are spending to bring broadband internet to more parts of rural New York.

One of the projects in the Adirondacks will use a technology called "white space" to bring broadband to remote homes in the Warren County town of Thurman.  Go to full article
Computer lab. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybluevan/3833788675/">David Nichols</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Computer lab. Photo: David Nichols, CC some rights reserved

NYS, IBM partner for science and tech education program

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, or STEM, to high schoolers.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, speaking at Clarkson University in Potsdam on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: David Sommerstein
Gov. Cuomo, speaking at Clarkson University in Potsdam on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: David Sommerstein

Cuomo: Business + universities = Economic Development

In Potsdam yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again pushed his new initiative to create 10 Innovation "Hot Spots."

They'd bring business and universities together to give start-up businesses support, access to venture capital and possibly tax breaks.

The "Hot Spot" idea would fall under Cuomo's larger strategy to boost the upstate economy: the Regional Economic Development Councils.  Go to full article
Tyler Hale, a firefighter in Cayuga Heights, tested leather and rubber boots to measure their effects on joint and muscle movement. Photo: Matt Richmond / WSKG
Tyler Hale, a firefighter in Cayuga Heights, tested leather and rubber boots to measure their effects on joint and muscle movement. Photo: Matt Richmond / WSKG

Researchers hope to make the job of first responders easier

New York State first responders have had plenty of opportunity to put their training to the test over the past two years during extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storms Lee and Irene.

The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports on research that may make their challenging job easier, starting from the ground up.  Go to full article
A heatmap visualization of the prevalence of flu in New York City, as observed through public Twitter data. Image via <a href="http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~sadilek/research/">Adam Sadilek</a>, University of Rochester
A heatmap visualization of the prevalence of flu in New York City, as observed through public Twitter data. Image via Adam Sadilek, University of Rochester

Using a smart phone to avoid the flu

The health industry in upstate New York is undergoing some rapid transformations, and all this week we're featuring reports from the Innovation Trail team on innovation in the region's health care sector. Today, imagine using your smart phone to avoid getting the flu. A new mobile app designed by researchers at the University of Rochester sifts through twitter feeds and alerts users to who around them might be contagious.  Go to full article

Warmer office could mean better health, researcher finds

It's not unusual for people to wonder if their offices are making them less healthy: people complain of a lack of fresh air, sick coworkers, and uncomfortable chairs, to name a few. In Binghamton University's bioengineering labs, researchers are looking for ways to make workplaces healthier.  Go to full article

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