Innovation Trail

2:28 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Air Guard's Drone Crash in Lake Ontario Caused by Multiple Malfunctions

MQ-9 Reaper Drone
Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Multiple communication and navigation failures on 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.

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Home Rule
4:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Court of Appeals Rules Towns Can Ban Fracking Within Their Borders

The Court of Appeals has decided that town governments in New York can prohibit hydrofracking within their borders, whether or not the state eventually starts issuing permits. As Matt Richmond reports, the decision ends a nearly three-year-long court fight.

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Medical Interpreting and Reporters Roundup

The need for medical interpreters since the start of the Affordable Care Act.

In this hour of Innovation Friday we’re to find out about the importance of medical interpreting. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has created a huge demand for interpreters working in the healthcare sector where LEP or Limited English Proficiency is one of the biggest issues driving readmission rates.

We’ll talk to a locally based trainer, and interpreters themselves about the challenges, and we’ll wrap up the show with a roundup of stories from the Innovation Trail including a nod to National Homeowners Month. 

2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Paperless Offices and Eco-friendly Road Paving

What happened to the paperless office, and can road paving be more eco-friendly.

If you’ve ever cheered your way through that famous scene in the movie "Office Space" where a frustrated user demolishes a malfunctioning laser printer, you’ll enjoy the first hour of "Innovation Friday" when we ask, whatever happened to the paperless office? We’ll talk to the originator of a Rochester-based company about how something as basic as printing a document becomes the subject of innovation. It’s a long way from the Xerox photocopier to printing from the Cloud.

Then, if you’ve never stopped to think about it…what’s environmentally unfriendly about road surfacing? We'll highlight a company that makes an eco-friendly road seal.

4:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Local E-Health Records Sharing System Informs Statewide Plan


Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patient’s medical records, but now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient’s medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor’s office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they’ve been treated at, "however, many of those systems can’t easily or fluently communicate with one another," says Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College’s healthcare policy program.

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Innovation Trail
10:19 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Ithaca couple use Haitian connection to build sustainable business model in upstate

Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse at home in Ithaca, New York
Credit Jim Day/WXXI

Many new startup companies end up running their new business out of their homes, and that's the case for Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse who live and work in Ithaca, New York.

Their sustaining business model relies heavily on their relationship with the land and people of Haiti.

They’re aiming to be both successful and socially-responsible entrepreneurs, and help re-build the island nation devastated by the 2010 earthquake.

2:57 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Connections: The Science Roundtable


The June version of our monthly Science Roundtable.

It's our monthly science roundtable. We take a look at the science of self-control and addiction with professors from the University of Rochester. On the roundtable today: Celeste Kidd and Benjamin Hadyen, assistant professors of brain and cognitive sciences; and Dr. Geoffrey Williams, professor of general medicine and associate professor of clinical/social psychology.

Carbon Emissions
11:45 am
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Emissions Plan for New York State Wants 45% Reduction on 2005 Levels

Dunkirk Power Station, Lake Erie
Credit Kate O'Connell/WXXI

The Clean Power Plan will 'unleash market forces' and 'protect local economies and jobs'  said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in her speech outlining the guidelines that aim to cut carbon pollution levels by 30% compared to 2005 levels.

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4:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Innovations in Transportation; Repositioning the Arts

First, what innovations in transportation is Xerox working on. Then, how a Central New York agency is repositioning the arts.

In the first part of the hour, members of the Xerox Research Center tell us what innovations in transportation they are working on. 

Then, how can one organization reposition the arts? We talk with Stephen Butler from Engage CNY about how they are accomplishing this feat.

4:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Climate Change; Bringing Creativity and Innovaiton Together


A discussion on climate change, and then answering the question on how to bring together creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

For the first part of the hour, we talk about climate change with Dale Jamison, professor at NYU and author of Reason in a Dark Time.

Then, a discussion on how to bring creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship together with Diane Burton, associate professor of sociology at Cornell University.