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9:24 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Gas storage project on Seneca Lake moving onto next phase

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:29 am


The DEC’s “draft permit conditions”, released on Monday, propose rules that would have to be followed if the state issues a permit to Finger Lakes LPG Storage. Finger Lakes LPG, which is owned by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, wants to store up to 2.1 million barrels of butane and propane in old salt caverns on the western shore of Seneca Lake, in the Town of Reading.

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Innovation Trail
10:06 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Today in Innovation Friday: Ebola Update, Crowdsourcing Healthcare Costs, Data Poverty

Hosted today by Matthew Leonard and Michelle Faust.


Update on New York Ebola case with Dr Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC

Jeanne Pinder, ex New York Times journalist and founder of Clear Health Costs, a startup that is compiling some revealing data about the real costs of healthcare. Share your story.


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Innovation Trail
3:50 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:42 am

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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Innovation Trail
11:58 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Start-up space mission comes to New York: New York NOW

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:21 pm

Story Starts at 10:35

The aerospace industry is commonly associated with Florida or Texas, but New York’s own technology sector has been playing a major role in our ability to see and understand the cosmos.

As federal spending on projects for NASA flat lined, former NASA employee Jon Morse started BoldlyGo, a private company that hopes to help breathe new life into missions in space.

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Innovation Trail
1:15 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Computer coding for kids: This week from New York NOW

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:21 pm

Story begins at 19:25

STEM education is becoming an increasingly important part of children’s lives. In some countries concepts like programming and coding are being taught alongside traditional subjects like reading, writing and mathematics. Here in America, a startup company called Wonder Workshop is hoping to jump start American children’s interest in the complex concept of coding, with their toy robots, DOT and DASH.

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4:46 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Environmental Transit Issues

In this hour we talk with Ben Ross. He consults on environmental issues and for 15 years was the president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit. He’s also served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kara Miller, Host and Executive Producer of Innovation Hub at WGBH in Boston.

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4:41 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Fuel Cells and Batteries

In this hour of Innovation Friday, we're talking alternative energies, mainly fuel cells and batteries. Our guests are:

  • Matt Fronk, consultant to the Fuel Cell, Battery and Alternative Energy Industries and a co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council’s energy Innovation sub-group.
  • Courtney Reich, the 2013 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year and director of engineering at NOHMs
  • Technologies which does R&D on producing cheaper, sustainable and more efficient lithium ion batteries.
  • Denise Sheehan, a senior advisor to New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
  • James Greenberger with the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries
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3:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Young Entrepreneurs; Smart Energy Grids

In this hour, we join some school-age local business entrepreneurs who’ve been part of the RochesterWorks! Summer Youth Employment Program, a partnership between the City of Rochester/Summer of Opportunity program and Action for a Better Community.  They took part in a business competition, similar to the TV show "Shark Tank". We talk with judges from the competition, Viet Ngyuen and Lattrell Liptrott of Phu Concepts, and young entrepreneur Malquam Duyton.

Then we round out the program,  with a look at how the internet and access to data about energy could help consumer and businesses save money and support renewable energy strategies. We chat with Ingrid Akerlind, a fellow at the Clean Energy Program of Third Way about this topic.

3:34 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - ROC Maker Faire; What is Tech Good For?

In the first part of the show, we call out for all 'makers' to take part in the Rochester Mini Maker Faire in November. Co-chair Dan Schneiderman joins us to tell us about the event, and who can take part (spoiler: anyone!). Then, Xanthe Matychak from the Ithaca Generator joins us to tell us what happens at the generator (spoiler: they make stuff!). 

In the latter part of the show, we're joined by Kara Miller of WGBH's Innovation Hub. We talk with Kara bout technology in education, our offices, and in the casino. 

Innovation Trail
11:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Crestwood, Opponents Up The Ante in LPG Storage Facility Battle

Credit H. Michael Miley/via Flickr


Both sides in the long-running battle over a proposed gas storage facility next to Seneca Lake are looking to moving on to the next stage.

Houston-based Crestwood Midstream has submitted a construction plan to federal regulators. The company says they are waiting on approval of the construction plan from federal regulators before beginning work.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it will hold an issues conference this fall to hear concerns from both sides before signing off on the project.

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