Marie Cusick http://wrvo.org en Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests http://wrvo.org/post/natural-gas-boom-cuts-pennsylvanias-state-forests On the side of a mountain road in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, I'm trying to avoid a steady stream of heavy truck traffic. Acres of freshly cut tree stumps stretch out in front of me.<p>Kevin Heatley lives in the area and has come to these woods for years to hike. He's an ecologist by trade and he's concerned about what he's seeing.<p>"Everything from the noise and the traffic to the lighting, to the pad placements, to the pipeline construction to the road expansion — this is all industrial infrastructure," Heatley says. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 49725 at http://wrvo.org Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests History Buffs Commemorate 150 Years Since Gettysburg Battle http://wrvo.org/post/history-buffs-commemorate-150-years-gettysburg-battle This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. While it's widely known as the critical turning point of the Civil War, the small Pennsylvania town has seen many other battles since then — over how the historic site should be preserved and remembered. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 40547 at http://wrvo.org DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations http://wrvo.org/post/dec-may-miss-deadline-fracking-regulations <p>New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens suggested Monday that the state may miss a February 27 deadline to complete its proposed fracking regulations. And that could stall a decision on gas drilling for months. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:11:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 32862 at http://wrvo.org DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away http://wrvo.org/post/study-shows-cities-can-impact-weather-over-1000-miles-away <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>If you’ve ever been in a big city during the summer, you may have felt the "urban heat island" effect. It's caused when heat gets re-radiated by pavement and buildings. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:38:47 +0000 Marie Cusick 32835 at http://wrvo.org Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away Forget the groundhog, scientists predict an earlier start to spring http://wrvo.org/post/forget-groundhog-scientists-predict-earlier-start-spring <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The groundhog predicted an early spring this year -- and he isn't the only one.&nbsp; Scientists now say that thanks to climate climate change, spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests during the next century and that, could have an unexpected silver lining. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 32802 at http://wrvo.org Forget the groundhog, scientists predict an earlier start to spring Watson the supercomputer heads to RPI http://wrvo.org/post/watson-supercomputer-heads-rpi <p>Nearly two years after an IBM supercomputer named Watson stole the spotlight on Jeopardy! by beating two human champions, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy will become the first university in the world to receive its own version of Watson, to help further computer science research. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:43:05 +0000 Marie Cusick 32653 at http://wrvo.org Watson the supercomputer heads to RPI Attendance at annual gun show up; organizers cite recent gun control laws http://wrvo.org/post/attendance-annual-gun-show-organizers-cite-recent-gun-control-laws <p>Organizers of an annual gun show in Albany say they are seeing bigger crowds this year, due to the recent changes to New York's gun control laws and potential changes at the federal level. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:35:45 +0000 Marie Cusick 32477 at http://wrvo.org Computer chip manufacturer to build new R&D facility in Saratoga County http://wrvo.org/post/computer-chip-manufacturer-build-new-rd-facility-saratoga-county <p>The computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries has announced that it will move forward with plans to construct a $2 billion research and development center in Saratoga County. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:13:57 +0000 Marie Cusick 31637 at http://wrvo.org "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage http://wrvo.org/post/peoples-state-state-calls-raising-minimum-wage <p>In anticipation of the annual State of the State address, a coalition of progressive groups held their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:11:25 +0000 Marie Cusick 31632 at http://wrvo.org "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage Cuomo skeptical about House vote on Sandy aid http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-skeptical-about-house-vote-sandy-aid <p>After facing intense pressure from both parties for failing to pass a $60 billion federal relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims, Republicans in the House of Representatives now say they will vote on part of the flood insurance program Friday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo still has doubts they will follow through. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:37:33 +0000 Marie Cusick 31403 at http://wrvo.org New report finds future sea level rise will be significant http://wrvo.org/post/new-report-finds-future-sea-level-rise-will-be-significant <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A <a href="http://www.cpo.noaa.gov/reports/sealevel/NOAA_SLR_r3.pdf" target="_blank">report published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)</a> finds that sea level increases over the next century will have significant impacts on coastal communities. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:10:20 +0000 Marie Cusick 30225 at http://wrvo.org New report finds future sea level rise will be significant UAlbany expands research into RNA http://wrvo.org/post/ualbany-expands-research-rna <p>Most of us know all about DNA, the genetic building blocks that make us unique. But in recent years, there’s a lot of interest in RNA— a molecule that controls how our genes are expressed. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:18:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 30657 at http://wrvo.org Scientists predict flu outbreaks with weather forecasting techniques http://wrvo.org/post/scientists-predict-flu-outbreaks-weather-forecasting-techniques <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Someday your local weatherman may also be able predict the latest flu outbreak. That's according to <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/11/21/1208772109.abstract?sid=00ca8ff8-43a8-4afa-8f49-f42766d12d69" target="_blank">a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:31:12 +0000 Marie Cusick 29832 at http://wrvo.org Scientists predict flu outbreaks with weather forecasting techniques Researchers try to individualize light therapy http://wrvo.org/post/researchers-try-individualize-light-therapy <p>As upstate New York heads into some of the darkest days of the calendar year, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy are trying to shed some light on our individual cycle of sleeping and waking known as the circadian rhythm. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:04:04 +0000 Marie Cusick 29571 at http://wrvo.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight http://wrvo.org/post/forensic-crime-lab-scandals-may-be-due-oversight Three years ago, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/us/19forensics.html">a report</a> from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.<p>Little has changed since that report came out, but concerns are growing as scandals keep surfacing at crime labs across the country.<p><strong>Critical Errors Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:25:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 29460 at http://wrvo.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-global-warming-likely-be-hotter-side-projections <p>The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. A<span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">ccording to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.</span> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 29242 at http://wrvo.org Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections Biotech company will bring $72 million expansion to the Capital Region http://wrvo.org/post/biotech-company-will-bring-72-million-expansion-capital-region <p>Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a Tarrytown-based biotech company, has announced a $72 million expansion in the Capital Region, which is expected to add 300 new jobs.</p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:33:20 +0000 Marie Cusick 29191 at http://wrvo.org Biotech company will bring $72 million expansion to the Capital Region Conference looks for ways to grow "clean economy" http://wrvo.org/post/conference-looks-ways-grow-clean-economy <p>Hundreds of people from around the country are in Albany this week to talk about ways to grow and improve the nation's so-called "clean economy." Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:14:44 +0000 Marie Cusick 29155 at http://wrvo.org New center bridges divide between man and machine http://wrvo.org/post/new-center-bridges-divide-between-man-and-machine <p>A new center dedicated to bridging the divide between man and machine was launched Tuesday at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. The new Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC) will focus on improving ways humans can interact with and learn from computers.<br> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:26:01 +0000 Marie Cusick 29098 at http://wrvo.org Sandy's aftermath in Breezy Point http://wrvo.org/post/sandys-aftermath-breezy-point <p>In our latest Innovation Trail report for <a href="http://nynow.org/" target="_blank">New York NOW</a>, we traveled to one of the places hit the hardest by Sandy, the beachfront community of Breezy Point in Queens. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:20:45 +0000 Marie Cusick 28634 at http://wrvo.org Why some people ignore weather warnings http://wrvo.org/post/why-some-people-ignore-weather-warnings <p>Just like the weather, human beings can be unpredictable.</p><p>With memories of overblown predictions regarding Hurricane Irene’s impact on the New York City area last year, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/nyregion/in-cape-may-nj-a-defiant-wait-for-hurricane-sandy.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">some people</a> aren’t taking Sandy<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/nyregion/panicked-evacuations-mix-with-nonchalance-in-hurricane-sandys-path.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank"> that seriously</a>.&nbsp;But this disconnect between forecast data and human behavior can be dangerous. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:02:14 +0000 Marie Cusick 28293 at http://wrvo.org Why some people ignore weather warnings New York state overhauls information technology services http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-state-overhauls-information-technology-services <p>In an effort to modernize the state’s IT services, New York is in the midst of consolidating staff and updating policies. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:00:40 +0000 Marie Cusick 28044 at http://wrvo.org Closing the gender gap in STEM education http://wrvo.org/post/closing-gender-gap-stem-education <p>In the latest Innovation Trail report for <a href="http://nynow.org/" target="_blank">New York NOW</a>, 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 <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/globalfoundries-announces-23-billion-expansion" target="_blank">they're hiring</a>. Meanwhile some local school districts are struggling with graduation rates around 50 percent. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:43:13 +0000 Marie Cusick 26475 at http://wrvo.org As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-fracking-decision-nears-legal-battles-loom <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>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.</p><p>Instead, the fight will likely head to the courts. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:11:33 +0000 Marie Cusick 25496 at http://wrvo.org As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom Russian and US students study cyber threats together http://wrvo.org/post/russian-and-us-students-study-cyber-threats-together <p>A bill to strengthen the nation&rsquo;s cybersecurity laws <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/us/politics/cybersecurity-bill-blocked-by-gop-filibuster.html" target="_blank">stalled in Congress this week</a>, but the issue remains a top priority for policy makers and business leaders around the globe.</p><p>That&#39;s why the University at Albany has launched a new program pairing students in New York and Russia to teach them about cybersecurity.</p><p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:01:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 24146 at http://wrvo.org Russian and US students study cyber threats together Fiber optic company plans expansion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/fiber-optic-company-plans-expansion-albany <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A telecommunications company that builds fiber optic networks throughout the Northeast is expanding its headquarters in Albany, despite offers to relocate out-of-state.</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:06:15 +0000 Marie Cusick 23600 at http://wrvo.org Fiber optic company plans expansion in Albany What the Beijing Olympics could mean for climate change http://wrvo.org/post/what-beijing-olympics-could-mean-climate-change <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>As the 2012 Summer Olympics get underway this weekend, the world&#39;s attention will be focused on London.</p><p>But a team of scientists has recently been keeping a very close eye on the city that hosted the games four years ago: Beijing.&nbsp;</p><p>They&#39;ve discovered that China&#39;s efforts to cut back on traffic and clean up its air during the 2008 Olympics could have big implications for curbing climate change.</p><p><a href="http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2012/2012GL052395.shtml" target="_blank">A recent study published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters</a> shows that Beijing&#39;s traffic restrictions during the games led to a significant reduction in emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas: carbon dioxide (CO2).</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:58:19 +0000 Marie Cusick 23429 at http://wrvo.org What the Beijing Olympics could mean for climate change GlobalFoundries announces $2.3 billion expansion http://wrvo.org/post/globalfoundries-announces-23-billion-expansion <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The massive GlobalFoundries computer chip manufacturing plant outside of Albany will soon grow even larger.</p><p>The company announced an additional $2.3 billion investment at its Malta site earlier this week.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:44:47 +0000 Marie Cusick 23367 at http://wrvo.org GlobalFoundries announces $2.3 billion expansion GE unveils new battery plant http://wrvo.org/post/ge-unveils-new-battery-plant <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">General Electric is getting ready to unveil a new battery manufacturing plant in the very same place where the company got its start. </span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:19:38 +0000 Marie Cusick 22067 at http://wrvo.org State awards $2.4 million for stem cell research center http://wrvo.org/post/state-awards-24-million-stem-cell-research-center <p>Officials from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) cut the ribbon today on a brand new Stem Cell Research Center.</p><p>It&#39;s paid for through a $2.45 million grant from the <a href="http://stemcell.ny.gov/" target="_blank">New York State Stem Cell Science Program</a> (NYSTEM) - a state agency dedicated to funding this kind of research.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:11:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 21417 at http://wrvo.org State awards $2.4 million for stem cell research center