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No. 329: Edison and Zapata meet the Rain Man, and a Stony Brook startup is filling in 3D printing’s blanks 

Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek. It’s Aug. 8, and baby, it’s hot out there. Maybe this will cool you down: There are only 138 shopping days until Christmas. Put a smile on that face: It’s also Father’s Day in Mongolia and Taiwan and International Cat Day everywhere – and in the United States, Happiness Happens Day (it’s real), which was started in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy…


As 3D printing soars, startup provides the missing ink

By GREGORY ZELLER // With some help from Stony Brook University, a high-tech startup is helping the additive manufacturing industries find their form. Additive manufacturing, a splashy term for manufacturing via 3D printing, is quickly becoming an everyday thing. Everything from machine parts to deadly weapons to entire life-sized buildings is now being “printed” in composite materials – potentially, a redefinition of basic construction and manufacturing principles as we understand them. But a science with…


No. 327: On ‘Moby Dick,’ ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ shredded wheat and life on Mars

  August already? How did THAT happen? We’re as dumfounded as you, dear reader, but here we are – Aug. 1, 2018, about halfway through the summer and this exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Neck and neck: It’s also World Scout Scarf Day, when active and former Scouts around the world are encouraged to wear the trademark neckerchiefs (actual word) to promote Scouting’s history and spirit. For the record, some 170 countries around…


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…


No. 325: Prime time for Whole Foods, a big score for LI colleges and playing it safe with coyotes

Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy (and sticky!) summer workweek. X factor: It’s July 25 out there, a big date for suspending the freedom of the press, eliminating legislators’ ability to amend laws and otherwise silencing political enemies. Of course, that’s a reference to France’s King Charles X, who signed the infamous July Ordinances on July 25, 1830 – a questionable move that led to massive social protests…


No. 323: Energystics sets sail, the Brookhaven IDA bites down, SBU researchers cash in and Adelphi gets Shiggy with it

Half-full: Welcome to Wednesday, July 18, and the midpoint of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. To our readers in Uruguay, a very happy Constitution Day. Intelligent design: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Intel Corp., founded July 18, 1968, in California. The wrong stuff: And it was July 18, 1938 when Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan landed in Ireland after a 28-hour flight from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, though his filed…


LI duo takes top spot in Spellman clean-tech contest

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island team has taken top honors in a global clean-tech competition for forward-thinking high schoolers. Featuring teams from across the United States and as far afield as Peru, Ireland, Australia and Singapore, the 2018 Spellman HV Electronics Clean Tech Competition was designed to promote STEM concepts (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) while challenging participants to tackle real-world environmental challenges. The seventh-annual international brain-a-thon, sponsored by Hauppauge-based Spellman High…


For ‘vehicle-to-grid’ startup, all roads lead to CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Technological tinkering comes easily to Ryan McIntosh, a do-it-yourself type with a mind for business and a clear affinity for mechanical constructs. Less clear to the self-described inventor and New Jersey City University graduate – he earned a degree in business administration, though “I was born an engineer” – are the finer points of patent law and commercialization. But he’s no dummy in this regard, either. And as McIntosh and his…


Veteran, rookie SBU researchers earn major honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University researchers – one with an extended résumé of scientific accomplishments, one just warming up – received some major recognition this week. R. Sekar, a professor in the Department of Computer Science in the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his cybersecurity work, which draws on disciplines ranging from programming techniques to networking to artificial intelligence. The SUNY…


No. 316: The winds of change blow at SBU, the BeerBox keeps tabs and Keith Hernandez steps up

Wednesday welcome: And a happy midweek to you, dear readers, as we hurtle together through an exciting (and blessedly summerlike) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s June 20 all over the world. Here in the United States, it’s also American Eagle Day, the 236th anniversary of the date the U.S. Congress selected the bald eagle as our national bird. Now arriving: Before we dive in, a heartfelt welcome to freshly minted newsletter subscribers Jim, Tywana, Gerry,…


SBU’s artificial intelligence director is the real deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Scholar and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science will head up Stony Brook University’s new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. Steven Skiena, a computational biologist (among other talents) in his 30th year as a member of the SBU faculty, will direct the artificial intelligence-focused program, part of the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. The institute will be the center point for myriad Stony Brook-based…


Extra, extra: The Delphian is LI’s best collegiate read

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add some Adelphi University gold to the old gag about “black and white and read all over.” The Delphian, official student newspaper of the Garden City-based university, has been named Long Island’s best college newspaper of 2018 by the Press Club of Long Island, out-paging a host of periodicals published by larger Island schools. The PCLI dished out more than 200 first-, second- and third-place awards to professional and student journalists,…


No. 314: Planes in the air, Nazis on the beach, robots at the CPC and why Peloton is rolling into Syosset

Over the hump we go: It’s Wednesday, June 13, and all downhill from here, dear readers, as we zip through another bustling week of Long Island socioeconomic innovation. How about a round of applause for the guy you pray to whenever your car keys go missing – St. Anthony, the finder of lost things, whose June 13 feast day is the biggest municipal holiday in Lisbon, Portugal. Wing nut: It was June 13, 1910, when…


They, robot: A summer of STEM at hi-tech camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional robotics effort will maintain momentum this summer for Long Island STEM students, with deep experiential learning opportunities in physical design, practical electronics and more. Coming this July to the Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview is the SnappyXO Design Innovation and Robotics Camp, a joint effort of the CPC, Dix Hills-based Mechanismic Inc. and the Stony Brook University-based Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium, one of 10 statewide Empire State Development…


No. 313: Takeuchi triumphs, the CPC goes global, the domestic innovations of yesteryear and serenity now (also, Mars has gas)

Don’t know how you did it: But you did it, dear reader – it’s Friday, five more productive work days are in the books and the weekend is upon is. It’s June 8 all over the world (or will be, depending on what time this hits your inbox). And while it’s celebrated on different dates in different countries, it’s Engineer’s Day today in Peru. Please celebrate responsibly. A good day for domestic innovations: Engineers all…