As Vaping Lung Injuries Rise, State Faces Obstacles In Data Gathering

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Many of the growing number of lung injuries caused by vaping in New York state are being treated in Rochester. In the state health department’s regional breakdown of New York state, western New York is a 17-county region that stretches from the shore of Lake Erie in the west nearly to Syracuse and Binghamton in the east. Thirty-one cases of vaping lung injuries have been reported in that region. More than half of them have been treated at one hospital: Strong Memorial in Rochester. The University of Rochester Medical Center, which runs Strong, said the concentration does not mean that Rochester is the center of an epidemic.

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Students Gather Data On Vacant City Lots To Inspire Future Use

(WXXI) – There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone. That’s where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community. Students from city high schools and RIT went from lot to lot using phone apps to record specific facts about what they saw. “Are there trees on the lot?”

Could You Power Your Home With A Bike?

NPR’s Skunk Bear Blog received a great question from a listener. The answer brought them to the upstate New York. An NPR listener (with what may be the best Twitter handle ever — Booky McReaderpants) inquired whether a home can be powered by bicycle-powered generator. https://youtu.be/xbUxt2x4InE

It’s an interesting issue about energy and the modern world. And the short answer comes from just running the numbers.