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No. 474: On molecular diagnostics, robo-busts and T Rex – and happy birthday to the author of your youth

  Back stretch: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the clubhouse turn of our latest socioeconomic sprint. It’s Feb. 12 out there, replete with offbeat observations: choose from National Lost Penny Day, National Plum Pudding Day and Valentine’s Hug Day, a cuddly precursor to the big lovers’ day. They do: Speaking of lovers, it’s also a notable date for same-sex unions – National Freedom to Marry Day, which was actually started by a law firm…


No. 473: Featuring Laura Ingalls, Flash Gordon, well-seasoned scallops and our first Innovators of the Year

  Never ceases to amaze: Don’t know how you do it, dear reader, but here you are again – another workweek winding down and another hard-earned weekend coming up. Well done! Numerical order: It’s Friday, Feb. 7 – notable to mathematicians, who of course know the date best as E Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant e (a.k.a. Euler’s number), which needless to say has a value of 2.7182818… (it goes on for quite a…


No. 472: On videogames, infectious diseases and historic blizzards (and the return of Capt. Picard)

  Center piece: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the middle of another busy workweek – and the exact midpoint of the blessedly mild (at least in these parts) Winter of 2020. That makes it Feb. 5 out there, giving you plenty of interesting options – it’s National Chocolate Fondue Day, Western Monarch Day (celebrating the butterfly, not the royals) and National Shower With a Friend Day (which isn’t as exciting as it…


No. 471: Hike! It’s your Super Bowl newsletter, starring Michael Sahn, the Jingle King and Ham the space chimp

  The time warp, again: It’s happened once more, dear readers – that blink-and-you-missed-it jump to the left (or was it a step to the right?) and the whole first month of 2020 is gone, poof, just like that. Yep – it’s Jan. 31 already, a Friday this year, wrapping up both the month and the week in socioeconomic innovation. Ad on: Speaking of socioeconomic innovation (and the first weekend in February), we already know…


No. 470: Into the ‘Digital Void’ with Oprah and the Babe (plus, another big bioelectronic breakthrough)

  Halftime show: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of Super Bowl week and this latest five-day run of socioeconomic innovation. Corny, we know: It’s Jan. 29 out there, and with the big game coming up and all, we’d be remiss if we didn’t note National Corn Chip Day. For those keeping score, it’s also National Carnation Day and National Seeing Eye Dog Day, celebrating the highly trained animal companions. Quothing…


No. 469: On 3D homes, surveyed CEOs and Eskimo Pies – and why you don’t mess with Queens robots

  We’re as surprised as you: But here we are, dear readers – Friday already, with another workweek winding down and another weekend coming up. It’s Jan. 24 out there, the Jane Goodall Institute’s International Mobile Phone Recycling Day, which supports global education efforts. And to our many readers in Romania, a peaceful Unification Day, celebrating the 1866 Union of the Romanian Principalities. Plain nuts: Here in the States, where we pause to remember iconic…


No. 468: Adelphi’s Truth, ULC’s deep thoughts, and why there’s cake in NSUH’s Don Monti Unit

  Onward and upward: Welcome to Wednesday, eager entrepreneurs and intrepid innovators, and the midpoint of this latest wintry workweek. Pet peeves: It’s Jan. 22 out there – National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, which is real but requires a catastrophic loneliness we (thankfully) cannot fathom. Unfortunately, the best alternative we could find is National Blonde Brownie Day, which is, you know, meh … kinda like blonde brownies. Agree to disagree: It’s also the 47th…


No. 467: In which law firms and the universe expand, and offshore wind goes to school

  Well played: You’ve done it again, dear reader – the workweek is winding down and a well-earned (if wintry) weekend awaits. Butter believe it: It’s Jan. 17 out there, and here’s a toast to your efforts – celebrating one of the oldest blended beverages in mixological history, today is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Not to mention National Bootlegger’s Day. Shirley Temples for you: They’re too young for booze, but raise a glass anyway…



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…


No. 461: Creative cones, melodious Molloy and an architect for New York Tech

  But not least: Welcome to Friday, dear readers – not only the last leg of this busy week of socioeconomic innovation, but the last Friday the 13th of the decade. That makes this Dec. 13, of course, a favorite of sweet tooths: It’s both National Cocoa Day and World Ice Cream Day (not to be mistaken with National Ice Cream Day, which is the third Sunday in July). Never forget: Today also marks Acadian…