Nanotech, biotech, energy, transportation, infrastructure and innovation stories from across upstate New York.


Creating a video game is a daunting, yet rewarding task. Along with countless hours of research, design and testing, teams can spend a great deal of time putting the pieces together. And being able to walk into a place and get instant feedback on your prototype can only enhance the experience.

“I wanted to find something where I could fit in and belong and I found them online, showed up one day and never stopped coming again,” says Joe Wilson, a video game designer.

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Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Driving around with Steve Smith, it's sometimes unclear whether he's a guy that fixes traffic problems or causes them. 

“This is the classic Pittsburgh left turn,” Smith says, laughing, waiting for his chance to bolt—illegally—in front of oncoming traffic the moment the light turns green. “Generally, it’s an accepted practice in Pittsburgh if you’re at a light, and want to turn left, that approaching vehicles expect you to dart in front of them. "

Researchers at the University of Rochester have figured out a new way to track teenage drinking using Instagram, and they hope to advance the study to equip educators with more effective tools to prevent it.

The first thing you do when you decide to compile a ton of data about teenagers is pick a social media platform.

"We decided we were going to use Instagram, which is the most popular social media platform for teenagers." 

(Video after the jump.)


After wrangling over where the new headquarters for a new photonics institute will go, the announcement is expected today that it will be at Legacy Tower, which is the former Bausch and Lomb building in Rochester's downtown.

There was a public squabble last month over whether that headquarters should be located at the Sibley Building, or Legacy Tower, and eventually, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros issuing a joint statement indicating they would be working together on coordinating the photonics efforts.

Every year colleges send a representative group of students to compete to be the most effective cyber-security team in the United States. Playing the part of network defenders students must prove they can safe guard a pretend business from cyber attacks.

After the competition students meet with recruitment managers from Amazon, Raytheon, and the Department of Homeland Security. They discuss job openings based on the students performance in the competition. (Video after the jump)