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No. 498: On crepes, mosques and tough love – and Long Island, home of the COVID-19 vaccine?

  Schastlivaya pandemiya: Over the homebound hump we go, dear comrades, as we brave another week of the great 2020 pandemic – and, even scarier, another week locked up with those we love most. To that end, these sanity-maintenance tips from the Russian Health Ministry. You’re welcome. Crepes us out: Now here’s a dangerous combo – May 6 is both National Crepe Suzette Day, celebrating the caramelized dessert, and National No Diet Day, which, let’s…


No. 497: It’s May Day, but don’t panic – new month, same pandemic (plus BASIC lingo … and mmm, parfaits!)

  Yes, you May: Welcome to Friday (we checked, it’s true) and a brand-new month in the surreal odyssey that is the Age of Coronavirus. It’s May 1 out there – the earliest date Mother’s Day can fall in Samoa, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain and Romania, though today is not Mother’s Day in any of those places (nor in the States, where it falls two Sundays hence). Legally delish: It is, however,…


No. 496: In which gender barriers bust, childcare costs spiral and Hofstra pivots, with pride

  Rock on: It’s another work-from-home Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through a tough workweek marked by bitter national divisions, phased re-openings and no real endgame (yet) for the great 2020 pandemic. The good news is, a mile-wide planet-killer asteroid zooming through the Solar System at a breezy 19,000 miles per hour will narrowly miss Earth today. So, no worries there. Wish list: On that cheery note, welcome to April 29 – World Wish…


No. 495: Not the AI apocalypse we expected – plus whoops, coughs, space telescopes and past lives

  Week effort: And you’re finishing strong, dear reader, as we complete five more homebound workdays under COVID-19’s temporary reign and begin another locked-down weekend of spring cleaning, masked market runs and copious binge-watching. It’s April 24 out there – Concord Day in Niger, remembering the 1995 armistice between government officials and the organizers of the bloody Tuareg rebellion, and the big-hearted World Day for Laboratory Animals. Pigging out: It’s horrible, what they do to…


No. 494: In which Earth Day, the National League and fresh NSF Fellows all arrive, but COVID-19 won’t leave

  People of Earth: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island, the United States and a good chunk of the civilized world muscle their way through another workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. It’s April 22 out there, which of course makes this Earth Day’s 50th anniversary – certainly not what anybody expected it would be, though maybe that’s not all bad. Cool beans: Meanwhile, you might still have some in the house after…


No. 493: On foundations, fellows, foreign tongues – and redemption for your pandemic pantry

  Gives us pause: It’s Friday again, dear readers, and while there’s no end in sight to the great 2020 pandemic, the same can’t be said for this latest work-from-home week of socioeconomic innovation. On blood, and bloodsuckers: It’s April 17 out there – World Hemophilia Day, when bleeding disorders take center stage, and International Bat Appreciation Day, when we give the flying rodents – which are largely insectivores and great pollinators, and almost never…


No. 492: Surviving the great pandemic with gurus, maps, tax breaks and better-looking masks

  Midweek crisis: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we power through another work-from-home workweek during the great coronavirus calamity. It’s April 15 out there, and no, it’s not Tax Day. But it is the Universal Day of Culture –  celebrating a post-World War I international treaty protecting scientific institutions and historical monuments from war and other craziness, and World Art Day, a global celebration of the finer things. Loads of fun: It’s also National…


No. 491: On clean energy, Hispanic engineers and the autism advantage – plus, finding our religion

  Needs work: Hello again, dear readers, and welcome to April 10, the umpteenth day of social distancing and the 101st day of a year in need of major improvement. Interfaith intervention: So, straight from the Feel Better File, there’s this – today is not only Friday, it’s Good Friday, historically a big one for Christians but adapting a more communal tone this year. April 10 is also National Siblings Day and National Hug Your…


No. 490: Fine points, Maiman methods and homebound haircuts – plus, Albany tips the scales

  Well bread: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers … and yes, it’s Wednesday out there, April 8 to be precise, as we muscle through this latest week of quasi-quarantines and other pandemic protocols. Not easy to tell these days, but today is very different from yesterday or tomorrow. For one thing, April 8 is National Empanada Day, a sweet celebration of stuffed dough (or savory, depending). As the Romani do: Today is also International Romani…


No. 489: Prehistoric monsters fly, Adelphi’s communications jam and the great 2020 pandemic hits the Hamptons

  A quiet weekend at home for a change: Just a little pandemic humor right there, dear readers, as we wrap up another WFH workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. Welcome to Friday, April 3 to be precise – National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day (shouldn’t be too hard this year) and World Party Day (maybe not the best time). Sweet Burns: It’s also National Find a Rainbow Day, which is actually…


No. 488: A nasal passage, a naval plussage and the on-point Pandemic Primer – Island in a global storm

  Lockdown lowdown: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurdle our homebound humps – pardon the imagery – and slide into the second half of this latest coronavirus-shaped workweek. It’s April 1 out there – anniversary of the actual Last Supper, according to one historian, not to mention Edible Book Day, which (no fooling) is a real thing. Seriously: It appears this will be a down year for April Fool’s Day jocularity, with Google…


No. 487: A new academic president, an old telephonic precedent, and innovation saves the world, once again

  Breathe easy: Another workweek under COVID-19’s cruel lash comes to an indistinct end, dear readers, as Friday arrives and another homebound weekend begins. Yes, the kids are going cave-happy and the only thing that seems to change day-to-day is the primetime TV lineup, but consider this silver lining: With fewer planes, trains and automobiles buzzing about, air quality is rapidly improving around the world. Front-row seat: It’s March 27 out there, which is of…


No. 486: On mega-moons, linear DNA and innovative immigrant services – and yes, lots of coronavirus stuff

  The unusual: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another weird and wild workweek, as the Great Coronavirus Pandemic continues to reshape our world and the regional and global innovation economies scramble to keep up. Please celebrate alone: It’s March 25 out there, the U.N.’s International Day of Solidarity With Missing or Detained Staff Members, which is actually about U.N. employees who made the ultimate sacrifice, but seems oddly redefined today. To…


No. 485: Panther pride, equitable entrepreneurism and smarter self-diagnoses, in the palm of your hand

  The days, they are a blurrin’: And we’re just getting started, dear readers, as the global pandemic continues to take shape and the “new normal” – however impermanent it may be – finds its form. It’s Friday out there (trust us), March 20, and it’s a good time to note the words of author Steven Kotler, who believes innovation requires isolation, and French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who reminded us that “Hell is other people”…


No. 484: We do the twist, the bump and the IDA shuffle – all from the comfort of home!

  It could be worse: A lot worse, dear readers, as we hunker down, suck it up and otherwise follow sage advice designed to save lives. It’s Wednesday out there, March 18 to be precise, and as everyone readjusts to the new normal, we acknowledge National Supreme Sacrifice Day – and remember there’s plenty of real estate between inconvenience and true sacrifice. Too close for comfort: Another natural for a coast-to-coast lockdown, today is also…