cornell university http://innovationtrail.org en Smartphone app can check cholesterol in 60 seconds http://innovationtrail.org/post/smartphone-app-can-check-cholesterol-60-seconds <p>Researchers in upstate New York have created an <a href="http://www.cornell.edu/video/smartphone-app-uses-camera-to-check-cholesterol-level" target="_blank">app that will allow users to test their cholesterol </a>levels through a blood sample that’s analyzed directly through their smartphone. &nbsp;</p><p>“What’s been really transformative over the last few years is that now everyone is carrying around with them this incredibly powerful computer that they use all the time, are very familiar with, and have already paid for,” says David Erickson, professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell University, and one of the developers of the app.</p><p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:09:43 +0000 Kate O'Connell, WXXI 3169 at http://innovationtrail.org Smartphone app can check cholesterol in 60 seconds Merlin, a helping hand for birders http://innovationtrail.org/post/merlin-helping-hand-birders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than one in five Americans engage in bird watching. Now, upstate researchers are making it easier to identify different species with an artificial intelligence program called Merlin.</span></p><p>“Merlin is an online bird ID tool. So you can imagine that you’re walking outside and you see a bird you don’t recognize, you might be tempted to ask a friend what that bird was and to describe the bird to your friend.”</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:15:40 +0000 Kate O'Connell, WXXI 2641 at http://innovationtrail.org Merlin, a helping hand for birders Training program aims to fill jobs in food processing sector http://innovationtrail.org/post/training-program-aims-fill-jobs-food-processing-sector <p>New food processing facilities are popping up across Western New York and they’re generating demand for skilled workers to operate them. Preparations are underway to train more local people for the industry.</p><p><a href="http://www.cornell.edu/">Cornell University is already teaching students about the food processing industry in Ithaca </a>and collaborating with <a href="http://www.rit.edu/">Rochester Institute of Technology</a> and <a href="http://www.genesee.edu/">community colleges</a> to <a href="http://www.ecc.edu/">expand training programs across Western New York</a>.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:55:06 +0000 Ashley Hassett 2598 at http://innovationtrail.org Training program aims to fill jobs in food processing sector University advocates Native American farming methods http://innovationtrail.org/post/university-advocates-native-american-farming-methods <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Traditional American Indian cropping could be the key to a more sustainable agricultural system, </span>Rochester Institute of Technology<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> students have heard.</span></p><p>The university’s Native Innovation day had a focus on what’s called the ‘three-sister system’ which some scientists believe can decrease soil erosion and protect soil nutrients.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:17:41 +0000 Kate O'Connell, WXXI 2417 at http://innovationtrail.org University advocates Native American farming methods Researcher looks to make firefighters' work a bit easier http://innovationtrail.org/post/researcher-looks-make-firefighters-work-bit-easier <p>Tyler Hale is a 25-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. Wires connecting small plastic sensors snake up his arms and legs and down his back and Huiju Park, an assistant professor at Cornell University, directs Hale through a series of movements.</p><p>The sensors send data about Hale's movements to Huiju's laptop.</p><p>"The system keeps checking and recording the continuous change in range in motion at each joint,” says Park.</p><p>Park’s goal is to test the different ways the body reacts to the rubber boots commonly used by firefighters compared to leather ones. Eventually, Hale climbs into his firefighting gear and slips on his boots, the rubber ones first. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:05:48 +0000 Matt Richmond, WSKG 2412 at http://innovationtrail.org Researcher looks to make firefighters' work a bit easier