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No. 457: On micro-credentials, electric avenues and a historic black-and-white kiss, in full color

  Well done: Here we are again, dear readers, nearing the end of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Outstanding job. It’s Nov. 22 out there – 56th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy and, mathematically, the earliest date on which Thanksgiving can fall, though not this year. Let’s get out of here: Fitting for a Friday, today is also National Go For a Ride Day, celebrating planes,…


Galactic gala honors past, present of LI air and space

By GREGORY ZELLER // After four trips to space, a front-row seat for the breathless Apollo 13 rescue and some relatively ho-hum years as a U.S. Air Force airman and test pilot – Arctic interceptor missions, midair collisions, yawn – Thomas Stafford doesn’t surprise easily. And the retired Air Force lieutenant-general – who’s graced numerous aerospace-industry boards, once simultaneously oversaw NASA and USAF test facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and has flown just about…


No. 450: Worlds war, bombs blast and Delta delivers – plus, an all-time LI great calls it a career (kinda)

  Wicked Wednesday: Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, dear reader, though today is the day before Halloween – and, of course, the midpoint of this ghoulish week of socioeconomic innovation. Slim pickings: Perhaps in anticipation of tomorrow’s candied costumery, there are very few “holidays” to highlight this (and every) Oct. 30. Today is National Checklist Day, which is as exciting as it sounds (though it started with a bang), and National Text Your Ex…


New era, same mission as golden LIBDC plans ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // Invention, and reinvention. They are the manifestation of creativity and the heart of innovation. True today, on a Long Island staking a claim as a leading biosciences hub; true a half-century ago, when a unique combination of potato farms and cutting-edge aerospace defined an otherwise sparse suburbia. The current leadership of the Long Island Business Development Council, which turns 50 this year, is a reinvention of sorts – a forward-thinking team…


SBU space man returns for stellar SSERVI sequel

By GREGORY ZELLER // A blockbuster summer sequel will see Stony Brook University soar into space, once again. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected eight research teams to collaborate through the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, a national thinktank featuring dozens of scientific disciplines, all focused on the final frontier and human space exploration. Among them: Timothy Glotch, a professor in SBU’s Department of Geosciences, and his team of more than 60…


No. 418: On penguins, jokers, Gotham’s water supply and Caith crusaders

  Keep cool: Baby, it’s hot out there, but don’t sweat it – you’ve reached the end of this sunny first week of Summer 2019. Well done, dear reader. It’s June 28 out there – National Insurance Awareness Day and National Tapioca Day, both real – and Alboin, king of the Italian peninsula’s Lombards until his assassination on this date in 572 A.D., is still dead. Not tomorrow, Tau Day: In livelier news, June 28…


No. 413: Spacemen in Garden City, pharma/nutra in-depth and sweet somethings from a cider insider

  Wednesday’s child: Full of woe? Of course not, dear friends – we are a focused and forward-thinking workforce on the road to socioeconomic greatness, no matter what day it is! It happens to be Wednesday, June 12 to be precise, and as we hurtle the hump of another busy workweek, we wish our many readers in Paraguay a joyous and peaceful Chaco Armistice Day. Loving it: In a double entendre for the ages, today…


No. 411: In which Voder speaks, the Apple II arrives, iTunes departs – and the Avengers assemble!

  Half full: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we dive in, a warm welcome to new newsletter subscribers Michael, Kathleen, Josh, Frank, Tim, Wayne, Elizabeth, Warren, Eddie, Cliff, Noel, Micaela, Paige and Gary. Let us be the first to wish you a healthy and safe World Day Against Speciesism. Ecologically logical: That must mean it’s June 5 out there, and most of…


Moon shot: Recalling the bid that changed Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // On an island populated by Mets, Jets and Knicks fans, it can be easy to forget what winning feels like – and with constant chatter about creating an “economic identity” for Long Island, it’s somewhat surprising to remember that it actually happened once. But it did. When the Bethpage-based Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. (now part of Northrop Grumman) won a 1962 National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract to design and construct…


No. 405: On Farmingdale State’s new feeder, Stony Brook’s super switch and Adelphi’s major minor upgrade

  Cold open: Beware the Ides of March, dear reader – oh, wait, it’s the Ides of May. It only feels like March. But it’s actually May 15 out there, midpoint of the month, two-thirds of the way through spring and halfway home in this latest (chilly) week of socioeconomic innovation. For the record, as of Tuesday afternoon, the Weather Channel was forecasting that high temperatures on Long Island wouldn’t exceed 70 degrees until the…


As Apollo anniversary nears, mission time at CoA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unless you’re hiding under a moon rock, you know that humankind’s first stroll on the lunar surface was 50 years ago this July – and as the golden anniversary approaches, excitement at the Cradle of Aviation Museum is reaching escape velocity. The Garden City museum’s “Countdown to Apollo at 50” – which kicked off 16 months ago – reaches its climax July 20, the exact date when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong…


Diverse opinions fuel C3E Women in Energy event

By ROSALIE DRAGO // In any industry, “diversity” means intentionally incorporating views and perspectives different from our own – an essential practice for both personal and professional innovation and advancement. We all know it’s easier and faster to move something forward with someone who agrees with us. It doesn’t mean you get the best outcome, though. It can be uncomfortable, to have your voice heard and to listen to that “other” voice, and difficult to…


A middle school farm team is automating agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back on the farm, the future was evolving. The farm, in this case, is inside West Hollow Middle School, a forward-looking jewel of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. And the future comes in the form of FarmBot, a kid-crafted, kid-coded automaton that could help feed future generations on this increasingly crowded planet – and even astronauts exploring distant worlds. The robot, of course, tills its land on a…


No. 345: Tinkerers, taxes, the Twist and Long Island’s economic-development wish list

Half-full: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, middle ground of another busy workweek on Long Island and around the globe. A warm welcome this Oct. 3 to new newsletter subscribers Jordan, Anita, Carole, Edward, Renee and Catherine – welcome to the show – and a happy National Techies Day to all. The annual observance, designed to inspire the next generation of techno-tinkerers, marks its 20th anniversary today. Donuts are optional: It’s also National Coffee With a Cop…


Stony Brook rock star pitches in on Mars modules

By GREGORY ZELLER // With this month’s discovery of liquid-water lakes resting beneath the ruddy surface of Mars, humankind took another giant leap toward the potential colonization of the Red Planet. Mars is not Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. That distinction belongs to Venus, which – at its closest orbital point – is just 23.6 million miles away, compared to Mars’ closest pass at 35.7 million miles. But with a sulfuric-acid atmosphere and a surface temperature…