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New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has been working with IBM to clean up a chemical spill in Endicott for years now. At a public meeting last night, officials from the DEC gave an update on one of the contaminated areas identified for cleanup.

For details on this long saga, which may be nearing an end, WSKG’s Managing Editor Bret Jaspers spoke with reporter Matt Richmond. 

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The IBM Watson supercomputer is best known for its historic win on the television game show, Jeopardy. But, the same components that made the system a quiz show winner could be redirected towards lowering the cost of health care in upstate New York.

According to Steve Gold, vice president for IBM’s Watson Solutions division, the amount of available medical knowledge doubles every five years.

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With a historic win on the Jeopardy tv show checked off the list, IBM’s Watson computer is now turning to upstate universities to see what the future could hold.

IBM and Cornell University have announced the winners of the second Watson Academic Case Competition where students put forward ideas for new ways to use Watson’s cognitive computing abilities to solve social and business challenges.

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IBM's Watson already has Jeopardy! under its belt.

Now Big Blue is turning to the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business for ideas on what to do next.

Manoj Saxena, the general manager of IBM's Watson Solutions unit, says the goal is finding ideas that will "take Watson from a Jeopardy-playing machine to a business-grade decision support system."

Twenty-five Simon MBA students were the first in the nation to partner with IBM on tackling that charge.

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Research into multiple sclerosis has accelerated rapidly in the last few years - and doctors in Buffalo are at the forefront.

Information about how MS progresses in patients has long been out there, but it wasn’t being synthesized or analyzed effectively.

Now, SUNY Buffalo is using a new supercomputer from IBM that can help researchers make connections between environmental and hereditary factors and how MS affects its victims.