Daniel Robison, WBFO

@RobisonRobison

WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Daniel Robison came to Buffalo from WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was assistant news director.  Robison has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition SundayOn Point with Tom Ashbrook, PRI's The WorldVoice of America, Chicago Public MediaWNYC, the Ohio River Radio Consortium, Allegheny Front and assisted APM's The Story and Marketplace.

Robison has an M.A. from Indiana University and graduated in 2007 with a degree in history from the University of Evansville.  

Robison hails from Kentuckiana (the Indiana side!), better known as the Louisville Metro Area. You can follow him at @robisonrobison

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12:01pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Energy

Screening of pro-fracking "Truthland" turns hostile

The Buffalo premiere of "Truthland" was marked by shouting matches, flaring tempers and a strong presence of police.
Daniel Robison WBFO

A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University shows New York residents are evenly split on the issue of hydrofracking.

The survey comes hard on the heels of a new pro-fracking public relations effort in upstate communities.

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10:44am

Tue July 31, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Two skyscrapers to rise in Niagara Falls, Ontario

The skyline of Niagara Falls, Ontario will look like this in a few years.
Courtesy photo

Hello hikers! Hope your gait is strong and swift today. 

These are the Dog Days, so news is light. But press on, we do.

Niagara Falls will be the home of (nearly) twin towers. 

Kodak has its collective fingers crossed. 

And: Body piercing now requires parental consent.

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2:05pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Science

Scientists uncover hidden history of polar bears

Scientists now believe polar bears have existed for over four million years, having endured many periods of climate change before.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public domain

It all started with a fossil.

“We have this polar bear jawbone from the Svalbard archipelago in the North Atlantic,” says Charlotte Lindqvist, a professor at SUNY Buffalo and lead author of a landmark new study into the history of polar bears.

An ancient species

Lindqvist, along with researchers from over two dozen institutions, assembled the ancient polar bear’s genome from this 130,000 year old bone.  As one of the oldest polar bear remains ever found, this toothless facial fossil opened a window for scientists to guess how the animal survived past periods of climate change

The study -- published earlier this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences -- also determined the polar bears species to be about four to five million years old – more than seven times older than previously thought.

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11:10am

Thu July 26, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Premiering in Buffalo, "Truthland" aims to refute "Gasland"

Self-described "dairy farm mom" Shelly Depue is the main character in the film "Truthland." The movie was funded by natural gas companies and tries to counter claims made in "Gasland."
Courtesy photo via Truthland facebook

Good day! Thanks for tagging along with us for another hike down the Innovation Trail. Say, let's start with some Trail Mix, no?

A new pro-fracking movie comes to Buffalo. 

Unemployment is up in Buffalo-Niagara. 

And voters are cool to the idea of increased tolls and increased legislator pay.

Fracking

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11:50am

Tue July 24, 2012
Tech

Buffalo's roster of incubators grows by one

Z80 Labs, Buffalo's first "Internet-focused" incubator, is named as an homage to the 1970's microprocessor. The chip helped form the foundation of the Z80 founders' early tech work.
G.G. Italy via Flickr

Buffalo’s latest business incubator is on the hunt for small tech companies who are long on ideas, but perhaps short on cash, office space and personnel. 

Calling itself Buffalo’s first Internet-focused incubator, Z80 Labs launched Monday with a well-orchestrated launch party featuring the region’s tech elite, as well as Forbes CEO Mike Perlis, and prominent venture capitalist Fred Wilson.

Z80 is the brainchild of some of Buffalo’s richest entrepreneurs who are promising to use their business connections and access to capital to nurture hand-selected startups.

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