Daniel Robison http://wrvo.org en Does watching TV reruns create better mental health? http://wrvo.org/post/does-watching-tv-reruns-create-better-mental-health <p>The growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is one of main reasons folks in western New York have hope for the region's economic future. Entrepreneurs are trying to translate research into new businesses that sell the next big thing in medicine. But not all research at the campus will cure cancer or create a corporation. Some experiments focus on aspects of life that are less life-or-death. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:57:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 29572 at http://wrvo.org Buffalo cemetery promotes green burials http://wrvo.org/post/buffalo-cemetery-promotes-green-burials <p>It's nearly impossible not to leave a carbon footprint on the planet... Even in death. But Buffalo's largest cemetery is trying to make dying more environmentally friendly. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 28908 at http://wrvo.org New fingerprint reader is 100 times more accurate http://wrvo.org/post/new-fingerprint-reader-100-times-more-accurate <p>One small upstate tech company is poised for its big break. A few months ago, UltraScan announced a new invention for reading fingerprints that’s up to 100 times more accurate than current methods. The company thinks their invention will fundamentally change how we identify ourselves and pay for purchases.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:24:14 +0000 Daniel Robison 28176 at http://wrvo.org New fingerprint reader is 100 times more accurate Summer school for science teachers http://wrvo.org/post/summer-school-science-teachers <p>Educators across the country agree schools need more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet hooking students on these subjects remains a challenge, especially for generally low performing schools with few resources. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:15:43 +0000 Daniel Robison 27652 at http://wrvo.org Summer school for science teachers Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study http://wrvo.org/post/police-face-higher-health-risks-ubuffalo-study <p>Due to the stressful nature of police work, law enforcement officers face higher risks of obesity, suicide, sleeplessness and cancer, according to a new study from a University at Buffalo professor who has a unique insight into the issue.</p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:17:17 +0000 Daniel Robison 27302 at http://wrvo.org Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study Preventing high school dropouts - in kindergarten? http://wrvo.org/post/preventing-high-school-dropouts-kindergarten <p>The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) received good news last year: its four-year graduation rate <a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:D48K5gc3tEIJ:www.buffalonews.com/city/schools/article898201.ece%3FarticleId%3D898201%26order%3DDESC%26page%3D4+&amp;cd=6&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us" target="_blank">rose by seven percent.</a> Still, nearly half the district’s high school students failed to earn a diploma. The struggling urban school system continues to look for dramatic fixes. This year, the district is starting in kindergarten.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:40:22 +0000 Daniel Robison 26539 at http://wrvo.org Preventing high school dropouts - in kindergarten? Controversy still simmers over SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute http://wrvo.org/post/controversy-still-simmers-over-suny-buffalo-shale-institute <p>Shortly after opening its doors at this spring, the <a href="http://www.srsi.buffalo.edu/?page_id=187" target="_blank">Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI)</a> ignited a controversy that persists several months later.</p><p>The newly-founded SUNY Buffalo institute <a href="http://www.srsi.buffalo.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/UBSRSI-Environmental-Impacts-Single-Page.pdf" target="_blank">issued a study</a>&nbsp;which found a decline in accidents and environmental damage caused by hydrofracking – a drilling technique using high volumes of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas from shale far below the Earth’s surface.</p><p>Opponents call the study <a href="http://shalestuff.com/controversy-2/university-buffalo-institute-report-meets-criticism/article01935" target="_blank">flawed and biased in favor of the oil and gas industry</a>.</p><p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:02:14 +0000 Daniel Robison 25635 at http://wrvo.org Controversy still simmers over SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute Buffalo Cleans Up From Dirty Industrial Past http://wrvo.org/post/buffalo-cleans-dirty-industrial-past Along the shore of Lake Erie, the rusting relics of Buffalo, N.Y.'s industrial days have long blocked access to the water and posed risks to residents. Now, after decades of inaction, the city is finally clearing a path for the public to return to the waterfront.<p>Buffalo's approach has been dubbed "lighter, faster, cheaper." Tom Dee has led this effort as president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., a special state agency in charge of city waterfront property. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 21:04:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 25355 at http://wrvo.org Buffalo Cleans Up From Dirty Industrial Past CoworkBuffalo crafts community with office space http://wrvo.org/post/coworkbuffalo-crafts-community-office-space <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>Working from home can be lonely or <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-25/what-people-really-do-when-theyre-working-from-home" target="_blank">full of distractions</a>.&nbsp; And taking a laptop or tablet to the coffee shop has drawbacks, too. Ever try finding an electrical outlet amongst all the tables and chairs?</p><p>Now, CoworkBuffalo is offering a solution by inviting telecommuters to gather together in one office space.</p><p>Organizers are trying to forge a sense of community while increasing productivity.</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:06:58 +0000 Daniel Robison 24322 at http://wrvo.org CoworkBuffalo crafts community with office space Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to fund business incubators and startups http://wrvo.org/post/senator-kirsten-gillibrand-wants-fund-business-incubators-and-startups <p>Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making a renewed push for legislation that would create a $200 million fund to help business incubators and startup companies, but the bill could fall victim to politics.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:56:35 +0000 Daniel Robison 24074 at http://wrvo.org Scientists uncover hidden history of polar bears http://wrvo.org/post/scientists-uncover-hidden-history-polar-bears <p>It all started with a fossil.</p><p>&ldquo;We have this polar bear jawbone from the <a href="http://blogs.transparent.com/norwegian/files/2011/01/svalbard.jpg" target="_blank">Svalbard archipelago</a> in the North Atlantic,&rdquo; says Charlotte Lindqvist, a professor at SUNY Buffalo and lead author of a landmark new study into the history of polar bears. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:45:16 +0000 Daniel Robison 23219 at http://wrvo.org Scientists uncover hidden history of polar bears Buffalo's roster of incubators grows by one http://wrvo.org/post/buffalos-roster-incubators-grows-one <p>Buffalo&rsquo;s latest business incubator is on the hunt for small tech companies who are long on ideas, but perhaps short on cash, office space and personnel.&nbsp;</p><p>Calling itself Buffalo&rsquo;s first Internet-focused incubator, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzQY-W4qm_g&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">Z80 Labs </a>launched Monday with a well-orchestrated launch party featuring the region&rsquo;s tech elite, as well as Forbes CEO Mike Perlis, and prominent venture capitalist Fred Wilson.</p><p>Z80 is<a href="http://www.buffalorising.com/2012/07/-by-kevin-purdy--even-if.html" target="_blank"> the brainchild of some of Buffalo&rsquo;s richest entrepreneurs </a>who are<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2012/07/24/incubator-gives-local-entrepreneurs-a.html" target="_blank"> promising to use their business connections and access to capital </a>to nurture hand-selected startups.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 23213 at http://wrvo.org Buffalo's roster of incubators grows by one Sensor startup senses golden opportunity http://wrvo.org/post/sensor-startup-senses-golden-opportunity <p>Are we on the verge of a &ldquo;sensor revolution?&rdquo;</p><p>Sensorcon hopes so. The <a href="http://www.sensorcon.com/" target="_blank">Buffalo-based tech startup</a> envisions a world where the average person is empowered with a small device that reads temperature, carbon monoxide levels, dew point and more.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:32:58 +0000 Daniel Robison 22801 at http://wrvo.org Sensor startup senses golden opportunity Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail http://wrvo.org/post/voyage-studying-plastic-great-lakes-sets-sail <p>Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.</p><p>This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world&rsquo;s largest fresh water system.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:30:10 +0000 Daniel Robison 22477 at http://wrvo.org Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail Cow manure helps keep the lights on in western New York http://wrvo.org/post/cow-manure-helps-keep-lights-western-new-york <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 home to more than 600,000 dairy cows, which generate millions of pounds of manure.</p><p>Now, a new energy project in rural Wyoming County aims to be a model for using cow waste and by-products from food processing to generate electricity.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:00:08 +0000 Daniel Robison 22154 at http://wrvo.org Cow manure helps keep the lights on in western New York Biotech sector wants help from Albany http://wrvo.org/post/biotech-sector-wants-help-albany <p>Although New York&#39;s legislative session wrapped up in June, angling for new public policy hasn&#39;t ceased.</p><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>Recently, the Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) tried to <a href="http://www.ppinys.org/news/2012/Buffalo-Rochester-premier-bioscience-cluster.html" target="_blank">regain traction for its agenda</a> by re-releasing a <a href="http://www.ppinys.org/reports/2012/Cultivating-the-Next-Generation.pdf" target="_blank">report from May</a>.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:50:43 +0000 Daniel Robison 22065 at http://wrvo.org The future of the health care law http://wrvo.org/post/future-health-care-law <p>The Supreme Court&#39;s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was the subject of a symposium in Buffalo Friday. Panelists agreed the high court&#39;s ruling does not guarantee the law&#39;s future.<br /><br />During oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court, attorneys spent just 50 words on whether or not the health care law is a tax. That ended up being the crux of Justice John Roberts opinion to uphold the law.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:09:41 +0000 Daniel Robison 21911 at http://wrvo.org In 'Sponge Candy Crescent,' Addicts Hoard 'Heaven' http://wrvo.org/post/sponge-candy-crescent-addicts-hoard-heaven The eastern shore of Lake Erie is known as the "Sponge Candy Crescent." During the region's long winter months, this crunchy, chocolatey candy is a mainstay — especially for large gatherings and holidays. But come hot weather, you can't get the temperamental treat.<p>Ko-Ed Candies sells a lot of chocolate Easter bunnies, candy bars and other sweets, but co-owner Sandy Whitt says her customers mostly crave sponge candy.<p>"It's crunchy, crispy in the center, melts very quickly in your mouth," she says. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 09:44:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 21872 at http://wrvo.org In 'Sponge Candy Crescent,' Addicts Hoard 'Heaven' Niagara Falls offers to pay student debt in exchange for living downtown http://wrvo.org/post/niagara-falls-offers-pay-student-debt-exchange-living-downtown <p>Niagara Falls is testing a novel approach to attracting new residents. The city is offering to pay a portion of recent college graduates&#39; student debt in exchange for living downtown for two years.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:34:05 +0000 Daniel Robison 21707 at http://wrvo.org Reading Rainbow launches new iPad app http://wrvo.org/post/reading-rainbow-launches-new-ipad-app <p>Reading Rainbow is back - but not on TV.</p><p>Host LeVar Burton has revived the popular franchise, which ran for 26 years on PBS, as an app for tablets.</p><p>The medium may be different, but the mission is the same: promoting children&#39;s literature.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:18:39 +0000 Daniel Robison 21530 at http://wrvo.org Reading Rainbow launches new iPad app Will Wallenda's wirewalk help Niagara Falls' economy? http://wrvo.org/post/will-wallendas-wirewalk-help-niagara-falls-economy <p>Nik Wallenda will walk across Niagara Falls on a highwire tonight.</p><p>The city of Niagara Falls, New York sees Wallenda&rsquo;s wirewalk as its best change in decades to revive tourism and spark economic development, but measuring Wallenda&rsquo;s long-term impact may be tough, assuming there is one at all.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:13:17 +0000 Daniel Robison 20994 at http://wrvo.org Will Wallenda's wirewalk help Niagara Falls' economy? Saving Niagra Falls, One (Tightrope) Step At A Time http://wrvo.org/post/saving-niagra-falls-one-tightrope-step-time Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That's expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It's an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city's economy.<p>At the Haunted House of Wax in Niagara Falls, tourists are greeted by two signs: one that beckons visitors to meet ghoulish wax figurines and another advertising that the building is for sale. Sat, 09 Jun 2012 10:09:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 20673 at http://wrvo.org Saving Niagra Falls, One (Tightrope) Step At A Time New $300 million medical building opens in Buffalo http://wrvo.org/post/new-300-million-medical-building-opens-buffalo <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 newest addition to Buffalo&rsquo;s skyline has opened its doors.</p><p>The 10-story, $300 million Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center houses a state-of-the-art surgery center, research labs and a business incubator.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 20:15:03 +0000 Daniel Robison 20116 at http://wrvo.org New $300 million medical building opens in Buffalo IDA reform bill stuck in neutral http://wrvo.org/post/ida-reform-bill-stuck-neutral <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">In recent years, donut shops, car dealerships, and doctor&#39;s offices have received tax breaks from industrial development agencies in western New York.</span></p><p><span>Now, a first-term state legislator from Buffalo has crafted a bill to halt such deals.</span></p><p> Sat, 26 May 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 19904 at http://wrvo.org IDA reform bill stuck in neutral National Trend 'Mobs' Local Businesses With Cash http://wrvo.org/post/national-trend-mobs-local-businesses-cash You may have heard of "flash mobs," where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene. Now the idea has been turned on its head by "cash mobs," where large crowds of consumers show up at small businesses to spend money. But it's not just about propping up the local economy.<p>It's 5 o'clock on a Friday, and mostly quiet in the Lander's Men's Store, a mom-and-pop clothing store in Jamestown, N.Y. But shop owner Ann Powers is anticipating a mob.<p>"You get kind of nervous thinking, 'Oh, nobody is going to show up,'" she says. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 16767 at http://wrvo.org National Trend 'Mobs' Local Businesses With Cash Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche http://wrvo.org/post/startup-converts-plastic-oil-and-finds-niche Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.<p>It all starts with a machine known as the Plastic-Eating Monster. Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 16157 at http://wrvo.org Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche Before Leaving The Bar, A Chance To Breathalyze http://wrvo.org/post/leaving-bar-chance-breathalyze Imagine driving without a speedometer and still trying to go the speed limit. Chris Montag, chief operating officer of Ladybug Teknologies, says that's analogous to going out drinking without a Breathalyzer.<p>"It's something we've done for hundreds of years, and nobody's ever had a tool and we guess ... that we're OK," Montag says. "But, really, how do you know when you've never been able to measure it?"<p>Most people know 0.08 is the legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol in the U.S., yet few know when they've hit it or what it feels like. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:01:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 9198 at http://wrvo.org Before Leaving The Bar, A Chance To Breathalyze Can Economic Conference Deliver on Promise of Growth? http://wrvo.org/post/can-economic-conference-deliver-promise-growth <p><span class="dateline"><span>BUFFALO, NY</span></span> <span class="article-source"><span>(August 8, 2011)</span></span> - <span class="article-content"><span>The recent Accelerate Upstate economic development conference in Buffalo promised to produce a five-year plan to improve the western New York economy. But as WRVO Innovation Trail reporter Daniel Robison tells us, translating that document into economic success could be tough.</span></span></p> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:08:05 +0000 Daniel Robison 4819 at http://wrvo.org Regional Economic Councils Begin http://wrvo.org/post/regional-economic-councils-begin <p><span class="dateline"><span>BUFFALO, NY</span></span> <span class="article-source"><span>(August 4, 2011)</span></span> - <span class="article-content"><span>The first meetings have begun of the new regional councils that will steer economic development money to worthy projects.<br /><br />WRVO Innovation Trail reporter Daniel Robison was on hand for the opening meeting of the Buffalo area&#39;s council.</span></span></p> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 12:48:43 +0000 Daniel Robison 4812 at http://wrvo.org