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No. 381: The Spur evolves, MIDI steps up, Applied DNA in the weeds – and Amazon, we hardly knew ye

  Well done: It’s Friday, friends, and you’ve done it again – the end of the workweek is upon us and another welcomed weekend dawns. It’s Feb. 15 out there, and it’s a busy one – Liberation Day in Afghanistan, National Flag Day in Canada, Statehood Day in Serbia, Total Defence Day in Singapore and, here in the States, Susan B. Anthony Day, celebrating the life and times of our national matriarch of women’s suffrage…

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No. 372: Cuomo balances, DeCarlo dares and Island water districts clean up (plus: designing a smarter smartphone)

  Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting (and chilly) workweek. It’s Jan. 16 out there, and if you had General Siyaj K’ak’ conquering the pre-Columbian Mayan city of Tikal in the name of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán on this date 1,641 years ago, well, that’s pretty amazing. Two-hundred cacao beans for you. Easy pray: Marking the 1786 signing of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, this and…


No. 371: On Hollywood Whisky, organic sweeteners, zero-calorie chocolate and other tasty matters

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the first full workweek of 2019 is just about in the books, and a very welcomed weekend is upon us. It’s Jan. 11 out there, and yes, Grand Canyon National Park – which today celebrates the 111th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt declaring the canyon a national monument – is open, despite the partial federal government shutdown. Code maker: Today is also an important anniversary for…


No. 370: In which the Brookhaven IDA shines, the millennials rise … and the robocalls are winning

  January thaw: Welcome to Wednesday, innovators, and the midpoint of 2019’s first full workweek. It’s Jan. 9 out there, and if you’re still writing “2018” on checks and other forms, you’re not alone. Blue by you: Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and you don’t need to watch “Live PD” to know how hard these men and women work, every day, in an incredibly tense and dangerous occupation. If you see a cop…


No. 369: Ringing in 2019 with stocks, Bonds and Mormons, plus a little taste of France in Great Neck

  Eleven pipers piping: And a drumroll (or 12) as the days of Christmas fade and the New Year settles in. Welcome, dear reader, to the end of the first week of 2019 and the beginning of a brand-new chapter of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Jan. 4 out there – Independence Day in Myanmar, Day of the Martyrs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and World Braille Day everywhere, celebrating the tactile reading and writing…


No. 368: On Jesus and Menorahs, Denzel and Lt. Uhura, and the end of 2018 as we know it

What day is it? So hard to keep track at the height of the holiday season … but it is indeed Friday, dear readers, and the end of a short but jolly week of socioeconomic innovation (largely in the form of easier e-commerce and new online gift-return functionality). It’s Dec. 28 out there, marking the fourth of the 12 days of Christmas – which has little to do with calling birds or turtle doves but…


No. 367: Cashing out the thruway, powering up Yaphank and putting the heart in your winter solstice

It’s a wonderful weekend: You’ve done it, dear reader – you’ve completed the week and, for all intents and purposes, the year. Welcome to the Friday of the last full work week of 2018, the start (for many) of a long and festive holiday weekend and the end of a blistering year of socioeconomic innovation. Yule thank us later: Also known as Yule, The Longest Night and Midwinter (which seems odd to us, considering it’s…