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4:56pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Science

A breakthrough in the hunt for a better battery?

This ultra-thin material, called graphene paper, could help make better batteries that charge more quickly.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Lithium ion batteries have helped make modern life portable. They're used in everything from cell phones to laptops and cars. 

But anyone who has ever been stuck with a dead battery knows they can be problematic.

Now a new study from a team of researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has found a promising technique for building better, longer-lasting batteries.

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12:39pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Fracking

Albany's latest fracking rally attracts hundreds of protestors

Hundreds of fracking opponents gathered along the Hudson River in Albany's Corning Preserve.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Hundreds of anti-fracking protestors gathered along the Hudson River in Albany on  Monday in anticipation of New York's upcoming decision on the controversial gas drilling process.

As the state finalizes its environmental review of fracking, both opponents and supporters are putting on the pressure. It's been reported that the state may allow fracking on a limited basis in some counties along the Southern Tier.

Monday's rally took aim at Governor Cuomo, as protestors appealed to him directly to put a stop to gas drilling.

Wxxi news has more from reporter Karen DeWitt.

3:53pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Extreme weather

Lessons from last summer's hurricane season

Flooding in downtown Binghamton at the convergence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers after Tropical Storm Lee.
Ed Aswad

Last summer when Irene and Lee blew through New York, both were classified as tropical storms, not hurricanes. Yet they still managed to cause $1.5 billion in damage across the state. A year later, the cleanup and recovery is far from complete.

So how can these weaker storms still wreak such havoc? And did the classification of the events as tropical storms rather than hurricanes cause some people to let down their guard?

"In hindsight, there were several groups that were trying to communicate that the rainfall was going to be the big issue with this storm, but it didn’t always get into the public perception."

Dr. Ryan Torn is an expert in atmospheric prediction at the University at Albany. He talks about how scientists are getting better at understanding how extreme weather behaves, and why people don't always heed the warnings.

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11:00am

Thu August 23, 2012
Hydrofracking

From the archive: DEC chief Joe Martens talks fracking

Will New York soon allow hydrofracking?

We still don't know when the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will release its final guidelines on fracking, but it's been reported that an announcement regarding the controversial gas drilling technique could be made shortly after Labor Day.

According to the New York Times and New York State Public Radio the state is looking at allowing a limited number of gas well permits in some Southern Tier counties.

Last December the Innovation Trail and New York NOW sat down with DEC commissioner, Joe Martens. We asked him your questions about fracking.

See his interview below, or watch the full show chronicling the four-year long fight over fracking:

Watch DEC's Martens on Hydrofracking on PBS. See more from New York NOW.

7:49am

Fri August 3, 2012
Cybersecurity

Russian and US students study cyber threats together at UAlbany

Russian graduate student, Filipp Banfilov, takes a test in his digital forensics course at UAlbany.
Marie Cusick WMHT

A bill to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity laws stalled in Congress this week, but the issue remains a top priority for policy makers and business leaders around the globe.

That's why the University at Albany has launched a new program pairing students in New York and Russia to teach them about cybersecurity.

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