invention

You know the mother of invention. Here’s the son.

By GREGORY ZELLER // Science research coordinator Lisa Runco has seen many students come through Great Neck’s North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, but never one quite like Scott Soifer. When it comes to innovation, creativity and an inherent understanding of electrical and mechanical systems, the 15-year-old sophomore is unlike any other past or current NSHA student, according to Runco. “No. 1 at our school,” the student advisor said, “and his work ethic is amazing.”…


Eddie Cross wants to avoid fall cleanup

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eddie Cross got the drop on his first-ever invention 15 years ago, when he took a tumble inside a local bank branch, slipping on a wet floor and flopping to the floor. He wasn’t seriously injured, but the spill certainly got the wheels turning. Cross’ breakthrough moment came years later, while the Nassau University Medical Center maintenance mechanic was dealing with a flood inside a new NUMC facility, hauling drying equipment…


The Inventors: Caryn Horsley helps women find Inner Peace

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not easy to discuss. Even Caryn Horsley hesitates over some of the intimate details. But incontinence is familiar to many Americans – 13 million of them, according to WebMD, with the loss of bladder control twice as prevalent among women. Horsley believes she has a subtle and graceful solution, and she’s happy to discuss it, even if the subject matter sometimes gives her or her audience pause. A self-described “jack…


The Inventors: J.J. Valenti and the J-Tray

By GREGORY ZELLER // Joseph “J.J.” Valenti understands the ups and downs of the contracting industry. As a 20-year veteran of painting and carpentry projects, the solopreneur has climbed and descended his trusty ladder more times than he can count. And he knows the importance of being steady on the top rung – and not just himself, but his trusty tools as well. The lesson was driven home about three years ago, when the flimsy…