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Oct. 16th, 2017 04:56 pm
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The bike share launched by CDTA this year appears to be off to a promising start, but one of the difficult issue for the program -- and other bike shares around the country -- is how to provide access to people for whom the cost might be a barrier (CDTA has said it's thinking about this issue). The solution in Pittsburgh: free 15-minute bike share rides for anyone with that transit org's smart fare card, which are like the Navigator cards here. [Fast Company via @omarjpeters]
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50 weird and unsettling science facts that'll make your head spin in confusion.

These kinds of fact-packed, allegedly scientifically-sound lists never fail to trigger waves of anxiety. The sentiment, 'ignorance is bliss' comes to mind right off the bat. Just goes to show we live in a world of sheer unpredictability, and that wildly unexpected, life-changing moments of pure chaos can envelop your life at the drop of a damn hat. 

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Posted by Alex Kasprak

While a discovery from 2016 did reveal the presence of a small asteroid trapped in Earth’s orbit, this object cannot be classified as a moon.
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Posted by Dan Evon

An image purportedly showing a woman who was pierced by a urine icicle originated on a 1990s-era British television show.

Three new murals for downtown Albany

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:22 pm
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Something you might notice this week: Three new murals are going up in downtown Albany.

Two of the murals are in the Green Street drive-through section of the Green-Hudson parking garage, and the other is on the side of a wall along Water Street and I-787 by the Riverfront parking garage.

The work is part of the Capital Walls project -- a collaboration among the Albany Center Gallery, curator Tony Iadicicco, and the Albany Barn. And it's being funded by the Albany Parking Authority as part of its ongoing effort to make its garages feel more welcoming. (See also: The two large murals on the Quackenbush garage.)

"The goal is to inspire and create community and sense of place," said Iadicicco of the murals.

The works should be finished within the next two weeks. Here's a quick in-progress look at each one...

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Toned down

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:50 am
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It's not your imagination -- the colors of the foliage this autumn are more muted. Jeff Wilkin talked with an expert from Cornell about what's going with the trees and why the colors appear so drab. [Daily Gazette]
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modern dining roomChristina emails:

Can you ask your readers to recommend any interior decorators or designers they have worked with? I am looking for some help for my living room, but don't want to commit to buying everything at once, so a focus on someone I can pay to help me with a plan that I can implement over time would be great.

A designer can be an added expense for a home project. But we're often pleasantly surprised by how a talented designer can look at a building/space/place and see solutions, angles, and ideas a non-designer might miss. And if you buy a home that needs a lot of updating, being able to talk over a plan with someone who does this often could be a help.

So, got suggestion for Christina -- whether it's a designer or some other sort of resource? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a person/service can be a big help.

Earlier: Help with kitchen renovation design?

photo: Paul Gallo

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Guns
Looking at the number of assault weapons in New York State, its laws about them, and the degree to which they're enforced. [Daily Gazette]

State AG review of Rensselaer County DA
A Rensselaer County assistant district attorney who was fired this month testified Friday before a grand jury as part of the state attorney general's office review of the Rensselaer County DA's handling of the fatal April 2016 fatal Troy police shooting. [TU]

Albany County Land Bank
A look at the progress of the Albany County Land Bank -- now the second biggest in the state -- and the challenges it faces in its mission to get vacant and foreclosed properties back into productive use. [TU]

Amazon
The Rensselaer riverfront is one of the sites highlighted in the Capital Region's bid for Amazon's second headquarters. [Biz Review]

1 Monument Square
ICYMI, as they say: The movie theater project for 1 Monument Square in Troy is off, the Madden administration announced late Friday afternoon. [AOA]

CDPHP small business in-post-ad 2017-September

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Posted by Associated Press

While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was not over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places.
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The coroner in Las Vegas says the body of the man who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern history was sent to Stanford University for study.

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