On the Atwater Farm, a commercial dairy farm near Lake Ontario, the sound of diesel trucks thunders through the air as they bring in loads of harvested corn for cow feed. 


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With millions in federal and state funding, Rochester is poised to become a photonics research and manufacturing hub.

And with thousands of new jobs possible, local colleges are preparing their students now to build their careers in the industry.

At Monroe Community College, many more students are enrolling in the optics program.

Plastic debris is pervasive in the waters that feed the Great Lakes, according to a new study published by the United States Geological Survey.

The study found widespread microplastics in 29 tributaries, with the highest concentrations in the Huron River at Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Buffalo River at Buffalo, N.Y.

Microplastics are fibers and beads that come from decomposing bottles and bags, clothing, and even some cosmetic products.

color:#333333">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's energy agency has released a "blueprint" for developing the Offshore Wind Master Plan described by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2016 State of the State address, saying the plan will come out at the end of 2017.


This is how natural gas gets turned into plastics

Sep 16, 2016
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When Shell Chemical announced earlier this year it would building an ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, it no doubt left many wondering: What exactly is an ethane cracker?

Though an ethane cracker is a pretty high-tech facility, the basic concept is fairly simple: It takes ethane — a gas that’s commonly found mixed in with oil and natural gas deposits — and turns it into the building blocks of plastics.

To learn exactly how that’s done, we called up Goetz Veser, a chemist at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.

Buffalo public schools are proposing to spend $56 million over the next three years for major upgrades of the district's computer system and providing a computer for every student.


A well known local newspaper is changing hands.  The Rochester Business Journal is being sold.

Susan Holliday has been owner and publisher for 28 years. But she has announced the RBJ is being sold to Gatehouse Media.

Gatehouse, which has roots in this area, is part of New Media Investment Group, and the Perinton based company owns over 630 community and business publications including some local papers such as the Daily Messenger, Messenger Post weeklies and Daily Record.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close September 30th, were not disclosed.

Fourteen self-driving Ford Fusions idle in front of Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.

On each vehicle, dozens of stationary and spinning cameras collect 1.4 million distance measurements per second, guiding the car on its journey.

Beginning Wednesday, the cars will be deployed on Pittsburgh's streets in a striking experiment by Uber to introduce self-driving technology to its passengers.

Mobile computers made in Buffalo, by Bak USA, are now available through Microsoft Direct across the U.S. and Canada. The new partnership coincides with the launch of Bak's newest product geared for young students.


A group of state lawmakers is teaming up with environmental groups to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to ban the use of wastewater from hydrofracking and other oil and gas extraction from being spread on public roadways.

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U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

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