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No. 399: On soda jerks, community gardens and bag bans – plus, ICE in SBU’s veins

Full speed ahead: As we hurtle the Wednesday hump, dear readers, and hustle through another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s April 24 out there, and it’s a busy one – Children’s Day in Zambia, Concord Day in Niger, Democracy Day in Nepal, National Panchayati Raj Day in India and Kapyong Day in both Australia and Canada, among other festivities. Please celebrate responsibly. Creature comfort: It’s also the World Day for Laboratory Animals, a circa-1979…

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No. 390: On relativity, finger-licking and extra Voices – and happy birthday, almost-2,000-year-old man

  Spring in your step: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the first day of spring in our lovely Northern Hemisphere – the vernal equinox occurs today at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time. We really had an easy winter. But the 15-or-so inches of snow measured by the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station won’t be a record low, according to historical accumulations recorded by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Veggie tales: This…


No. 389: Inventing escalators, building a better battery, finding FarmBot – and happy birthday, RBG!

  Stretch run: Welcome to Friday, intrepid reader, and the last leg of another busy workweek. It’s March 15 out there, and you’re already doing better than Julius Caesar, so, that’s a start. Universal translator: Today is World Speech Day, celebrating the power of a good sermon, and the 62nd annual World Contact Day, on which extraterrestrial enthusiasts highlight international efforts to reach out and touch someone. Or something. Et Tu Snow? Caesar, who finally…


No. 388: On Broadway, Barbie’s BFF and best workforce investments (mentoring, also aces for at-risk kids)

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we hurdle the hump of another busy workweek. It’s March 13 out there, which of course makes it National Elephant Day in Thailand, marking the 1998 addition of the white elephant to that nation’s flag. (Note: Not to be confused with World Elephant Day, held in August.) Hello, dolly: Today is also Ken Day, celebrating the 1961 debut of Ken Carson – yes, Barbie’s plastic…


No. 387: Old English, new mental-health thinking and please, Albany, Farmingdale State would like some more

  Get your Frīġedæġ on: However you say it, even in Old English, it’s Friday, dear readers – the end of a busy workweek and the precipice of another well-earned weekend. Gōd hælo! Near misses: It’s March 8 on Planet Earth, the earliest day on which Canberra Day (Australia), Decoration Day (Liberia), Passion Sunday (Christianity) and Commonwealth Day (in 53 member states, all former British territories) can fall. Today is none of those days. Dear…


No. 386: Hofstra in the minority, septuagenarians in bed and Gilbert in the weeds, again (plus: The Dude abides)

  Wednesday welcome: You’ve reached the midpoint of another exciting week of inventions, investments and bold business development. Well done, intrepid reader! It’s March 6 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Lily, Brian, Samantha, Caleb, Brandon, Frank, Alyssa, Ellen, Javier, Melissa, Martez and Joshua. Please make sure your snacks are peanut-free, and enjoy the show. Sometimes there’s a man: Our new friends join us on a special day for the…


No. 385: Pigs fly, Adelphi soars, Captain America meets Hitler – and a healthy turn at Bethpage Black

  Weekend update: Welcome to Friday, friends, as we complete another productive workweek and greet another weekend. It’s March 1 out there, already the 60th day of 2019. Before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Dean, Judy, Morgan, Brittney, Leo, Brenda, Conan, Leigh, Wei and Harvey. Your timing couldn’t be better, hopping aboard the innovation train on National Beer Day – in Iceland, marking the 1989 end of that country’s prohibition laws. Don’t mean…