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


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)

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield hit by cyber attack

Sep 9, 2015
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There's a major cyber attack being reported by the area's largest health insurance organization. Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield says its Information Technology systems were the target of a sophisticated cyberattack.

As a result of cyberattacks on other insurance companies, Excellus BCBS hired a  cybersecurity firm to conduct a forensic assessment of its IT systems. On August 5,  Excellus BCBS learned that cyber attackers gained unauthorized access to its IT systems. 


For blind and visually impaired lovers of baseball – playing the game was an impossibility more than 50 years ago. But in 1964 that changed. A baseball was invented that made a beeping sound. And with it a new sport was eventually born. Beep Baseball is an adaptation of classic American baseball, played with a pitcher, catcher, batters, and fielders.

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Education, business and government: The three way partnership that led to Rochester becoming home of a federal American Institute for Manufacturing in Photonics.

At least two of this area’s college presidents are ready for the challenge outlined by Vice President Joe Biden, who said a trained workforce is a key to success.