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World’s fastest? SBU computer ain’t crying wolf

By GREGORY ZELLER // The home of the Seawolves is running with a whole new pack, with the arrival of a new supercomputer that paces the world’s fastest. Dubbed “Ookami” (loosely, the Japanese word for “wolf”), the new computer system – which runs on the same processor as Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer, recognized as the planet’s most powerful – has been installed at Stony Brook University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science. Operated by the IACS in…

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What’s your story? Podcast producers, fans are all ears

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a world where podcasts – now 1.5 million globally, featuring some 34 million episodes – are Short Attention Span Theater’s undisputed main attraction, the challenge is clear for entrepreneurs and other bootstrappers eager to get in the game: Record them cheaply, engineer them professionally, promote them well. Enter the Huntington-based Communication Strategy Group , a circa-2005 multimedia agency that broke into the podcast business about 18 months ago with its…


Researchers eye Alzheimer’s link in 9/11 responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // Biomarkers similar to those found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are appearing in the brains of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Stony Brook University researchers are hot on their trail. Funded by a fresh $7.9 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging, a collaborative SBU research team – combining sociologists, positron emission tomography experts and others – is embarking on what the…


Geronimo! National Grid doubles down on renewables

By GREGORY ZELLER // The multinational utility behind several Long Island-based clean-gen efforts has made a big move in Minnesota – and doubled down on its North American renewables program. In fact, National Grid is adding “renewables” directly to the masthead: The London-based mothership, which runs its North America operations from a Massachusetts headquarters, has completed its $100 million acquisition of Minneapolis-based sustainability expert Geronimo Energy and rebranded it National Grid Renewables, new centerpiece of…


With NSF boost, deep-space detective eyes death stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // A relatively small federal grant will propel a SUNY-Old Westbury instructor deep into the ocean of space, where he’ll track radio waves produced by the spectacular collision of two long-dead stars. The National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Kavic, an associate professor in the SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Chemistry and Physics Department, a mere $189,233 – a pittance, actually, in an age of million-dollar research grants. But the award will…


Wind warriors earn support in Wainscott beach battle

By GREGORY ZELLER // With local opposition still pushing against the tide, Long Island wind-power backers are applauding new state support for a plan to land an undersea transmission cable on a Wainscott beach. Five New York State agencies – including the NYS Department of Public Service, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Department of Transportation – have signed a “joint proposal,” already supported by local governments and regional environmental groups, calling…


Planes, trains, autos: Wheels up on LIMA ‘ground hub’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A key component of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic investment has taken flight – actually, broken ground – at Long Island MacArthur Airport. This week, a gaggle of state and local politicos joined regional rainmakers to mark the beginning of work on a new “intermodal facility” at the Islip aerodrome, designed to increase air traffic by facilitating easier ground transportation. The project will renovate an existing airport building…