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No. 346: Taking off at JFK, soaring at SBU and landing a 5G network (and why office workers tend to crash at 3 o’clock)

Welcome to the weekend: And kudos, courageous reader – you’ve conquered another busy workweek and earned a two-day respite. It’s Oct. 5 all over the place, and if you had Heraclius arriving at Constantinople in 610 AD, killing Byzantine Emperor Phocas and becoming emperor himself, well done. Nobody saw that coming. Especially Phocas. We could learn a thing or two: Here in the 21st Century, its World Teachers’ Day, a United Nations World Educational, Scientific…


Past success, future hopes fuel LIREDC’s 2018 report

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has met its Oct. 1 deadline and submitted its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine. The 2018 progress report, titled “Long Island: Completing the Puzzle,” both highlights the efforts of the Long Island REDC since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his competitive statewide economic-development program in 2011 and lists the projects the regional council hopes to support…


No. 342: Bill Murray ages, IDAs erupt, China conquers the world and cider rules (and cider donuts, mmmm…)

The end is nigh: And so’s the beginning, as another workweek sets and a well-earned weekend dawns. Congratulations, friends, you made it. It’s Friday, Sept. 21, and a busy one at that – the International Day of Peace (established in 1981 by a unanimous U.N. resolution), Independence Day in Armenia, Belize and Malta and the last full day of Summer 2018, with the sun crossing the Earth’s equator into the Southern Hemisphere at 9:54 p.m….


No. 340: On hoagies, OPEC, barbarians and Mr. Chekov – plus a fashion startup that truly loves New York 

Mission accomplished: You’ve done it, dear reader – another workweek in the books, another weekend on the horizon. Well done. Today is Friday, Sept. 14, and to our readers in Romania, a very happy Engineer’s Day. To our friends in the Carolinas, no joke – stay dry, stay safe. Sexual harassment lawsuits not included: Today is also National Hug Your Boss Day. What you do with this information is entirely up to you. For a…


FuzeHub brings clean-gen Build4Scale workshops to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // A U.S. Department of Energy training program that schools burgeoning energy-hardware manufacturers on prototyping and manufacturing is coming to Long Island. FuzeHub, a nonprofit networking organization serving as the vital cog of New York State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has scheduled its first Long Island-based Build4Scale workshops, designed to equip energy innovators with the necessary knowledge to create manufacturing-ready prototypes, avoid costly redesigns and play nicely with large-scale manufacturers. With the Trump…


No. 338: Uncle Sam lives, Burt Reynolds dies, another RipTide rises and no Panther goes hungry

That wasn’t so bad: The first post-Summer 2018 workweek is nearly done, dear readers, and the year’s first almost-autumn weekend is upon us. Here’s proof: The New York Football Giants kick off their season Sunday at 1 p.m. against Jacksonville, and the Jets open up Monday night in Detroit. Soon it will be snowing. It’s Greek (and Roman) to us: Today is Sept. 7, and if you had Heracles – the divine hero of Greek…


No. 337: A dean for NYIT, oysters for New York Harbor and (another) sale for Globecomm

Back to it: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and with the Summer of 2018 unofficially in the rear-view mirror (autumn doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 23), it’s back to school, back to work and back to reality. Our deepest apologies. On the bright side: It’s Wednesday already, Sept. 5 to be exact, and the week is half over – not to mention this coming Monday is the middle day of Rosh Hashana, so most schools…


In Hennessy, the grad that keeps on gifting

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Stony Brook University’s highest-achieving graduates is paying back his alma mater in a big way. Former Stanford University President John Hennessy, who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at SBU in the 1970s, is personally endowing a new computer-science professorship at Stony Brook, using prize money he earned as a recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Turing Award. The award, given to honor major contributions to…


Acid test: SBU-heavy task force tackles oceanic threat

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island is well-represented on a new state task force assigned to assess and address the health of coastal waters. Stony Brook University, in particular, will be lending significant scientific acumen to the 14-member Ocean Acidification Task Force, which was formed to study the ecological and economic impacts of acidification – increased levels of carbonic acid in the water, caused by dissolved carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, land-based nutrient runoff and…


No. 332: Hitting it big in vagus, hitting it bigger at SBU, commercial support for the disabled and eternal respect for Aretha

Well done: It’s Friday, dear readers, and once again, you’ve conquered the five-day minefield that is the American workweek. To mark your achievement and put you in a proper Friday mood, ladies and gentlemen … The Cure! Continental breakfast: We’re sending a special hello this Aug. 17 to all of our South American readers – whether you’re celebrating Engineer’s Day in Colombia or Flag Day in Bolivia, please celebrate responsibly. Here in the States, it’s…


SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…


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…