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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
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

InfoTech project aims to improve health care in North Country

While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big project has aimed to leverage IT in the health care in the North Country.  Go to full article
Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell
Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell

Former marketing consultant calls social media "B.S."

There's no avoiding social media these days--even if you're not on the internet, TV commercials urge you to like companies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, newscasters read influential people's tweets on the air, and if you're not on Facebook, well, you're in for a lot of funny looks.

If you run a business or an organization, pressure to have an active social media "presence" can be intense--but the benefits you actually get from that presence may not be anywhere near as huge as what you were led to expect.  Go to full article
Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris
Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris

How to track road kill on your smart phone (seriously)

We've all seen or experienced it - unfortunate wildlife dashes in front of a car at just the wrong time--and its remains splatter across the road.

But Danielle Garneau, a wildlife ecologist at SUNY Plattsburgh, says the road kill we're likely to see on roads this holiday season can teach us a lot: she's using a new smartphone app for citizen scientists.  Go to full article

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