Wed July 2, 2014

"Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash

An MQ-9 Reaper drone in the hanger at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

An unmanned aircraft expert says a "not uncommon problem" caused an Air National Guard drone to smash into Lake Ontario last November.

The Air Force says multiple communication and navigation failures lead to the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, piloted by the Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.

No one was hurt when the multi-ton aircraft plummeted into the lake 12 miles offshore, late last year.

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Mon June 17, 2013
Big Data

'Big data' viewed as important driver of upstate innovation

Kate O'Connell

Big data is a growing area of interest within the US, and across the world. But what does it really mean, and what are the implications of its use?

Big data is a large volume of diverse data sets - like the text, pictures, video and interactive content on a site like Facebook - that are too big to be processed by traditional database and software techniques, and it has the potential to change the way we work in virtually every field.

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Fri April 19, 2013

Advanced video processing could help law enforcement


Investigators in Boston this week quickly began sifting through more than two thousand video and still images of the marathon route looking for potential suspects in bombing, with crowd sourcing becoming the newest tool in the arsenal of law enforcement agencies.

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Sat March 23, 2013

Venture capital funds reach out to WNY entrepreneurs

RIT Panel

Entrepreneurs in western New York have a wider range of potential sources of capital than  ever before, according to the Upstate Venture Association of New York. A panel moderated by Innovation Trail focused on the new funds in the Rochester region.

Panelists representing four of the key funds in the area spoke about the particular interest areas of their funds ranging in scale from $1 million - $7 million.

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Fri January 18, 2013

University advocates Native American farming methods

"Three Sisters" crop harvest
Chiot's Run Creative Commons License

Traditional American Indian cropping could be the key to a more sustainable agricultural system, Rochester Institute of Technology students have heard.

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.

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