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Some 334 tons of electronics, ranging from household appliances to computers, were disposed of in 2012 in the Tompkins County area. This number represents an increase of 55 percent from the previous year, said Leo Riley, recycling manager at the Tompkins County Solid Waste Division. The increase in electronics has also affected operations at React Recycling, a large processing facility in Elmira, N.Y, said React Recycling President Skip Starr. React’s facility, which has the largest hard drive shredder in New York State, routinely dismantles and sorts the components of hard drives, processing 3,000 to 5,000 hard drives in a year.…

Tinder, a mobile dating application, saw a 700 percent increase in use this January, gaining particular popularity among college students, due to its quick and easy process of matching individuals. The free app from the Apple store, allows users in the same geographical area to chat with each other only if both parties have “liked” each other via the app. The program uses Facebook to pull profile pictures and provide information about mutual friends and shared interests. On Valentine’s Day, Ithaca College student Zach Wilkens downloaded Tinder on his iPad, in hopes of finding true love. While online dating is…

Claiming a violation against their Fifth Amendment right, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. – a pro-gas statewide organization – announced early this month they are willing to take the state government of New York to trial. The potential class-action lawsuit will come if the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fails to produce a set of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing by the end of February. Scott Kurkoski, the coalition’s Binghamton-based lawyer, said the “de facto” taking of land by the state gives members of the JLCNY grounds for their suit. “Under the Fifth Amendment of the United States…

Digital images have replaced 35mm slide presentations at Ithaca College, inspiring Visual Resources Curator to conceive an art show this past fall displaying discarded slides, an alternative concept for recycling unused slides. The endless cabinets filled with 35mm slides that took up the space of the Visual Resources Collection office at Ithaca College has dwindled down over the past ten years from 165,000 to 50,000, according to Curator Randi Millman-Brown. The downsizing of these resources is the result of the ever-changing advancements in technology – specifically the Internet. This shift to the digital world left Millman-Brown with an enormous amount…

KickSat, a crowd-funded satellite program, is launching 200 microchip satellites, or Sprites, into low orbit this fall. These Sprites, developed by Cornell University aerospace engineering graduate Zac Manchester, are the first low budget spacecrafts to open space exploration to the public. “We have a launch this coming fall,” Manchester said. “Right now the date is officially September 23 but…I warn [people] that it can change.” Manchester has been developing Sprites for nearly five years. He started as a junior at Cornell, researching ways to design and launch satellites. They came up with Sprites: micro-chip satellites, about 3 centimeters square. The…

The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology has observed a significantly sharp influx in winter finches seen in the Western hemisphere. The Lab has combined its eBird counting program with its 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which has helped the Lab observe an unusually high invasion of winter finches this season. Although the yearly southward migration of the birds – called “irruption” – tends to rise and fall cyclically, bird watchers are spying one particular species, the Common Redpoll, in amounts that rise off the charts. Marshall Iliff, eBird’s project leader, said the mass irruption of Redpolls could have serious…

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