Lead Stories


Wed October 1, 2014

Drone industry says it's being targeted by civil liberties groups

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:48 am

David Rodriguez Martin via Flickr

The commercial drone industry says privacy advocates are unfairly targeting it when it comes to privacy and surveillance concerns.

The unmanned aerial systems industry wasn’t even expecting to have to fight over privacy when it came to the integration of drones into the national airspace.

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Mon September 29, 2014
American Made

Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Tom Worden works on a fixed-abrasive grinding table at Exelis Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. Exelis is an aerospace and defense company, and employs numerous former Kodak workers in its facility.
Mike Bradley for NPR

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb.

Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage.

If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.

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Mon September 29, 2014

NY State Health Exchange to Launch Site in Spanish

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:01 pm

The state department of health plans to launch a Spanish-language website in the upcoming open enrollment. National observers recommend that New York learn from mistakes made on the federal Spanish language website.

CuidadoDeSalud.Gov opened to controversy when it launched late in last year’s open enrollment period, and included poor translations and grammatical errors.

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Mon September 29, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Fuel Cells and Batteries

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:41 pm

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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Mon September 29, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Environmental Transit Issues

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:46 pm

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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