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No. 249: Plain talk, the Amazon HQ thing and how to look awesome for the rest of your life

It’s Friday: A happy end to the week, everyone, and welcome new sponsor PSEG Long Island. Today is National Train Your Brain Day, meaning it’s OK to sudoku at work. Billy Joel released “52nd Street” on this day in 1978. It became the eventual record of the year. Yes, but what was the album’s top hit? Answer after the news. Going viral: Vaccine creator Codagenix, the star of Farmingdale State College’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, has landed a $1.5…


No. 248: Cancer, flu and Alzheimer’s progress, less Time and please squeeze from the bottom

Happy Wednesday: Welcome new readers Bob, Craig, Gita, Phil and Elissa. Happy to have you all aboard. John Rand received a patent for the collapsible toothpaste tube on this day in 1841. “Saturday Night Live” premiered in 1975 with George Carlin as guest host. Happy birthday Henry John “57 Flavors” Heinz. Leave the driving to them: Entrepreneur Kevin Bowker was schlepping a vanload of pals to a craft beer event one day, when inspiration hit. Transportation. Today, Bowker’s Tapped…


No. 247: Real fake news, 3-D bodies and has 43North gone south?

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody. There’s still time to enjoy what’s left of the Harvest Moon. And, of course, Neil Young. Making copies: Electric photography, now better known as photocopying, was patented by law student Chester Carlson on this day in 1941. His partner, the Haloid Co., later changed its name to Xerox Corp. And worth noting: “Something,” George Harrison’s first song to rate the A side of a Beatles 45, was released today in 1969. After “Yesterday,” it’s the most-covered Beatles song….


No. 246: Brooklyn’s pitch, a Traverse nod and one more thing about beer

TG it’s F: Happy Friday and an easy fast. It’s Sept. 29, on which “My Favorite Martian” debuted in 1963, starring Ray Walston as a stranded Martian anthropologist befriended by newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara, played by Bill Bixby. Trivia quiz: What was the Martian’s real name? Answer below the news. Amazon Watch: Brooklyn has come up with 33 contiguous acres with which to try to lure the proposed Amazon HQ2. The Bronx says it’s also in the game. Related: Long…


No. 245: Rip Tides, sickle cell, safe printing and what to drink in the tub

It’s Sept. 27, on which William the Conqueror set sail from France to kick butt at the Battle of Hastings. The victorious Normans hung around long enough to add more than 10,000 words to the English vocabulary, including the words for most cooked meat. Not sheep, swine or cow, in other words, but mutton, pork and beef. Welcome new readers Anthony, Dave, Sophia, Kendra and, appropriately, Lisa from the UK. Happy to have you all aboard….


No. 244: CFOs turn cautious, Hofstra’s got the music and 20 ways to get your stuff in one sock before winter

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. The autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere commences today at 4:02 p.m. Here are 41 autumnal cocktails to celebrate with. (Because it’s always 4:02 somewhere.) Economic pulse: Chief financial officers across the country have turned bearish about the economy’s prospects and those of their own companies, according to a new survey from Deloitte. Political concerns, both at home and abroad, were cited as the biggest external factors, while talent shortages were named as the biggest internal…


No. 243: Jobs data, space funk and what you’ll be eating in 2050

It’s Wednesday: Another week half shot. Today is National Gibberish Day. No safe bets on the word’s etymology, but likely an onomatopoeia of the jibber-jabber, babble and gabble it describes. But not gobbledygook. That was all Maury Maverick. Jobless numbers creep up again: Long Island’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent in August, up 0.2 percentage points from a year ago. Nassau County’s rate increased by the same amount to 4.2 percent, while Suffolk County’s rate also rose 0.2…


No. 242: CEO comp, ash-boring beetles and meet Hubert the Humanoid

TG it’s F: The last week of summer is upon us. Oh, and today is National Double Cheeseburger Day. Please celebrate responsibly. Today’s birthday duo: Two guys who loved pasta – Marco Polo and William Howard Taft. The rich get richer: Median pay for CEOs of Russell 3000 firms was $3.8 million last year, up 5.9 percent from 2015. CEOs of S&P 500 firms earned a median of $11.5 million, up 6.3 percent, according to…


No. 241: Great waves at Hofstra, low debt at Farmingdale and trouble brewing at Hooters

It’s Wednesday out there: Happy mid-week, everybody. Today is Sept. 13, on which Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later be set to music to create our notoriously unsingable national anthem. Well, except when Whitney did it. Welcome new readers Briana, Dane, Michael, K.J., Kersten, Tim, Adam and Sayed. Big congrats: Hofstra’s WRHU student-run radio station won the 2017 Marconi Award as the best non-commercial radio station in the land. Didn’t Michael Crichton write this? Applied DNA…


No. 240: An Amazonian pitch, a cure for reflux and keep your head down Yogi

TG it’s Friday: Didn’t feel like a short week. Today is Sept. 8, on which George Rawlings was issued a patent for the padded baseball glove in 1885. Windows 95 was officially christened on this day in 1994. It had previously been known by its code name, “Chicago.” The Hoboken Four – truck drivers Jimmy Petrozelli, Patty Prince Principe and Freddie Tamburro, plus a skinny 19-year-old named Frank Sinatra – won the Major Bowes Amateur Hour…


No. 239: Clean meat, SR-71s, Uber suits and a DIY self-driving car

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. It’s Aug. 25, on which the British burned down Washington but spared the U.S. Patent Office. (If you still hold a grudge, calling football “soccer” drives them freaking crazy. Just sayin’.) Happy birthday: Ivan the Terrible, Steve Levy, Amy De Leo, Tim Burton, Sean Connery, Ruby Keeler, Allan Pinkerton, Walt “Pogo” Kelly, Mel Ferrer, Leonard Bernstein, Monty Hall, Regis Philbin, Frederick Forsyth, Rollie Fingers, Elvis Costello, Billy Ray Cyrus and Claudia Schiffer….


No. 238: Boat sharing, tire chains, new chips and DIY psycho analysis

It’s Wednesday out there: Canastota’s Harold D. Weed received a patent on this day in 1904 for his “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires,” aka the tire chain. Welcome new readers Brian, Anne, the two Stephanies and whoever that is at the PGA. Happy to have you all aboard. Opposite ends of the same birthday: Nelson DeMille (74) and Rick Springfield (68). Quote o’ the week: “Enjoyed watching #Eclipse2017. A great reminder that all darkness is temporary.” –…


No 237: Denis Leary, climbing roses and 12 billion ways to do your hair

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, gentle readers. It’s Aug. 18, on which the first horticulture patent was issued, to the Garden State’s Henry Bosenberg. The year, 1949. The plant, a climbing rose. Birthdays: Rosalyn Carter is 90, Denis Leary hits the big six-oh. Top of InnovateLI.com: The custom-designed lingerie at startup platform Impish Lee has gone softly natural. Fueling the dream: The Gas Technology Institute has re-upped itspartnership deal with Stony Brook clean-gen startup ThermoLift, which hopes to bring a revolutionary…


No. 236: Farrell Fritz stars, robots rising and a scary price spike on bacon and butter sandwiches

It’s Wednesday out there: Happy hump day, kids, and welcome new readers Mark, Andrea, Harrison, Jeisenia, Anthony, Bianca, Roxanne, Weicheng and Daisy. Great to have you aboard. It’s Aug. 16, on which Edwin Prescott – builder of Coney Island’s first Loop the Loop – received an 1896 patent for the roller coaster. Also, Ringo replaced Pete Best on this day in 1962. Happy birthday: Dan Polner and John McNally and Larry Levy and Jamie Lynn Ryan. And hope…


No. 235: Hedy Lamarr, a healthy heart protein and ‘stay young’ is the tech world’s oldest adage

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. It’s National Presidential Joke Day. I know what you’re thinking. Actually, the observance dates back to Ronald Reagan’s 1984 gaffe in which he said into a live mic, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” (We suspect there’s a similar yearning among current White House lawyers.) On this day in 1942: Film…