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No. 475: Love is in the air – along with Ferris wheels, podcasts and ‘mega sports’

  We heart you: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another workweek conquered, another Friday reached, and for that, you have our undying affection. It’s Feb. 14 out there, which in addition to Valentine’s Day brings several annual celebrations: National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day (makes sense), National Condom Day (ditto) and Frederick Douglass Day (which you might not have thought of, but the famed abolitionist’s actual birthdate is unknown and he chose Feb. 14, so…

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No. 465: In which Pathways emerge, Qunnect connects, Hoplite hops to it and BNL accelerates, big time

  Like magic: Blink and you might have missed it, dear readers, as the first full workweek of 2020 nears its end and we approach an unusually warm winter weekend. That voodoo that you do: It’s Friday, Jan. 10, on Planet Earth, and to our many readers in Benin – the tiny West African nation known best as the birthplace of voodoo – a spirit-pleasing Fête du Vodoun. Here in the States, no voodoo dolls…


No. 464: Charging into the 20s, with Hawking, Cousteau, surgery bots and a new Penn Station

  Off we go: The holidays are over and reality returns, dear readers, as a fresh month, year and decade of socioeconomic innovation begins. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Babinden in Belarus, celebrating midwives, and World Typing Day, promoting speed and accuracy. Sweets: It’s also National English Toffee Day and National Man Watchers Day, which attempts to balance societal scales by encouraging women to gawk at men for a change (not sure about the thinking…


In our Roaring Twenties reboot, innovation rules

A new year? For sure. A new decade? That’s debatable. But whether you see Jan. 1 as the beginning of the end or simply a new beginning, this much is indisputable: The Twenties are upon us, and they will be roaring indeed. The same can be said at the start of any new year or new decade or new millennium, but the days ahead are truly filled with innovation’s rich promise. As 2020 dawns, humanity…


No. 463: A family-friendly finale for 2019, featuring George Bailey, sangria and the sole ‘Survivor’

  Tied with a bow: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up the last full workweek of the decade and unwrap a full slate of holiday celebrations. (With that, a gentle reminder: Watch for your regular calendar newsletter on Monday, Dec. 23, then keep an eye on the homepage for updates through New Year’s Day. Thrice-weekly newsletters return Jan. 6!) Holiday China: It’s Dec. 20 out there, and to our many readers in…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…