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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
Screenshots of Kodak iPhone app
Screenshots of Kodak iPhone app

Kodak uses new digital app to support legacy tech: film

Kodak has launched a free digital application to help photography enthusiasts in the U.S and Europe work more easily with film.

Kodak officials say they hope the app will attract a new generation of users to their legacy technology.  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
Weeks after its founding, the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) released a study that hydrofracking opponents called flawed and biased toward the natural gas industry. Above, a hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond
Weeks after its founding, the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) released a study that hydrofracking opponents called flawed and biased toward the natural gas industry. Above, a hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond

Controversy simmers over SUNY shale institute

The founders of the new Shale Resources and Society Institute at SUNY Buffalo say its purpose is to act as an information hub on hydrofracking. But only a month after opening its doors, the new institute released a controversial study fracking opponents called flawed and biased in favor of the natural gas industry.

The study was written before the official launch of SRSI and was released under its banner without significant new changes from anyone working at SUNY Buffalo. While the report's authors admit a handful of small errors, they stand behind it and SUNY Buffalo administrators insist the institute was fulfilling its pledge to act as an information hub on fracking.

But the episode raises questions about how objective fracking research can be, even in academia.  Go to full article
Russian graduate student Filipp Banfilov takes a test in his digital forensics course at UAlbany. Photo: Marie Cusick, Innovation Trail
Russian graduate student Filipp Banfilov takes a test in his digital forensics course at UAlbany. Photo: Marie Cusick, Innovation Trail

American and Russian students learn cyber security together in Albany

A bill to strengthen the nation's cyber security laws stalled in Congress last week, but the issue remains a top priority for policy makers and business leaders around the globe.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports on a new program at SUNY Albany that connects students in New York and Russia to teach them about cyber security.  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
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is flanked by MetalCraft Marine officials Thursday in Cape Vincent.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is flanked by MetalCraft Marine officials Thursday in Cape Vincent.

Gillibrand says economy requires investment to stimulate growth

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is traveling around New York making her case for Democratic economic policies. As Joanna Richards reports, her tour brought her to a growing boat manufacturer in Cape Vincent.  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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