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Tue October 23, 2012
Government transparency

5 ways big data can build better governments

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How big a deal is big data?

It's pretty big. The question is how we should be handling all the massive amounts of information we’re collecting. The ubiquity of computers and the exponential growth in their processing power has made this a hot topic in just about every field of human endeavor, including government.

Big data touches everything from campaign contributions, to budgets, employment, environmental regulations, and corporate responsibility.

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Wed October 3, 2012

Trio of Albany institutions teams up on biomedical research

The University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Albany Medical Center will collaborate on biomedical research.
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A trio of top research institutions in the Albany area have announced that they're teaming up to collaborate on biomedical science.

The Albany Medical Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University at Albany signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday morning to form a new group called the NY Cap Research Alliance.

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Thu September 13, 2012
Dropout Nation

Closing the gender gap in STEM education

This story is part of the Innovation Trail's partnership with FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation. You can read the other reports here.

In our latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we're taking a look at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the Capital Region.

High-tech multinational companies have moved into the area and they're hiring. Meanwhile some local school districts are struggling with graduation rates around 50 percent.

Jobs in STEM fields can pay 75 percent more than other jobs in the Capital Region, but historically, men have dominated those lucrative lines of work. Now there's a new push to try to close the gender gap.

This story is part of a national public media collaborative reporting effort around education, lead by FRONTLINE

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Fri September 7, 2012

5 simple tips for Albany from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was in the Capital Region on Thursday for a panel discussion about the future of technology and economic growth in the region.
The DEMO Conference via Flickr

Communities all over the world are vying to become "the next Silicon Valley" and New York's Capital District is no exception.

The local Chamber of Commerce came up with the nickname Tech Valley over a decade ago and it's finally starting to catch on. But despite the growth of technology companies, the area around Albany is still a far cry from that other, more famous valley in California.

So what is next for Tech Valley? And how can it grow?

That was the topic of a panel discussion on Thursday afternoon hosted by the computer chip manufacturer, GlobalFoundries. The guest of honor was technology pioneer, and co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak.

Here's some of his advice:

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Fri August 31, 2012

As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom

A drill rig in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Marie Cusick WMHT

New York State is poised to issue its final plans for regulating hydrofracking. But even with a decision imminent, there’s no guarantee this controversy will die down.

Instead, the fight will likely head to the courts.

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has spent four years studying fracking, and the agency’s final guidelines are expected soon— potentially paving the way to allow drilling.

And when that document is made public, environmental lawyers promise to be ready.

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