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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…


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…


No. 460: On diversity, robotics and Hoosiers – plus, how to warm your whiskey

  Moving right along: It’s Wednesday already, dear readers, as we speed through this latest busy workweek and plow straight toward the big year-end holidays. The hills are alive: It’s Dec. 11 out there, a.k.a. International Mountain Day, when the U.N. would like you to consider the overexploitation of mountainous regions, home to 15 percent of the human population and one-quarter of Earth’s non-marine lifeforms. Level headed: There aren’t many mountains in Indiana, where Hoosier…


No. 430: Growing up fast, helping Northwell’s ‘dependents’ and plugging Innovation Park

  In country: You’ve done it again, intrepid innovator – another workweek in the books, another weekend on tap. It’s Aug. 16 on Long Island and around the world – and soon to be Friday Night in Dixie, as noted by Rhett Atkins. The hills are alive: To our readers in Kyoto, a blessed Gozan no Okuribi, the traditional Aug. 16 “send-off fire” concluding Japan’s annual Obon festival and ushering visiting spirits back to the…


No. 386: Hofstra in the minority, septuagenarians in bed and Gilbert in the weeds, again (plus: The Dude abides)

  Wednesday welcome: You’ve reached the midpoint of another exciting week of inventions, investments and bold business development. Well done, intrepid reader! It’s March 6 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Lily, Brian, Samantha, Caleb, Brandon, Frank, Alyssa, Ellen, Javier, Melissa, Martez and Joshua. Please make sure your snacks are peanut-free, and enjoy the show. Sometimes there’s a man: Our new friends join us on a special day for the…


No. 383: On politics, robotics, the five-and-dime and the power of dreaming big

  The end is nigh: But that’s a good thing, dear readers, as we wrap up another busy workweek and ease into another well-earned weekend. Welcome to Friday! Wu are you again? It’s Feb. 22 out there, and if you had Empress Wu Zetian abdicating her throne on (or about) this date in 705 A.D. – thereby restoring China’s on-again, off-again Tang dynasty – that’s pretty amazing. We’re crediting 100 wu shu coins to your…


No. 274: Out-of-the-Voxx thinking, a literal lightbulb moment, an Amazonian longshot and making waves in Hauppauge

The end of the tunnel (and lights): Welcome to the blessed end of another work week. Today is Jan. 19 and the 135th anniversary of the first-ever electric lighting system employing overhead wires – Thomas Edison’s novel system started juicing Roselle, NJ, on this date in 1883. Speaking of bright ideas: The neon tube light was patented on this date, by inventor George Claude (1915), and the granddaddy of wordy board games, Scrabble, made its…