No. 391: Kirk lives, rockets blast, lasers fire – and it’s a water world after all

Time warp: "Star Trek" icon William Shatner -- whose career as an actor, singer (sorta), writer and director spans six decades -- turns 88 today.


Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the end of another busy workweek is upon us, and the first weekend of spring has sprung. Well played.

It’s March 22 out there, marking the United Nation’s annual World Water Day, which reminds us that clean, potable water is “a human right.” (They take this to heart at Adelphi University, as you’ll see below.)

More Power to you: With Saturday’s national Powerball jackpot soaring past $625 million, this seems like a good time to note that it was March 22, 1630, when the first Colonial legislation prohibiting gambling was enacted, outlawing cards, dice and gaming tables in Boston.

Perennial: Older than the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (1827), the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (1829) and the American Horticultural Society (1922), the New York Horticultural Society – technically founded in 1818 – was officially incorporated on March 22, 1822.

Bottoms up: It was this date in 1933 when FDR signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, legalizing the sale of beer and wine as a preliminary step to ending Prohibition.

Beaming with pride: Columbia University’s Charles Townes and Bell Labs’ Arthur Schawlow earned the first U.S. laser patent on March 22, 1960.

Other U.S. patents issued on March 22 include one in 1841 for Englishman Orlando Jones and his culinary game-changer, cornstarch (actually, Jones invented a method for extracting vegetable starch from corn kernels).

Intel inside: And it was March 22, 1993, when Intel introduced the Pentium processor, another turning point in the long and innovative history of personal computing.

A Justice League of her own: Happy birthday, Wonder Woman! According to DC Comics canon, March 22 is Princess Diana of Themyscira’s official birthdate.

Flesh-and-blood humans born on this date include American psychiatrist Nathan Kline (1916-1983), who founded the field of psychopharmacology; American physicist Robert Millikan (1868-1953), who earned a Nobel Prize for breaking new ground on the photoelectric effect; famed French mime Marcel Marceau (1923-2007); and “Twin Peaks” composer Angelo Badalamenti (born 1937).

Captain, my captain: And take a bow, William Shatner – the immortal force behind James T. Kirk, T.J. Hooker and Priceline, still among the hardest workers in show biz, turns 88 today.

Beam birthday wishes to Starfleet’s finest at, and engage our warp drive with a story tip or calendar item. Remember, the needs of the many Innovate LI readers outweigh the needs of the one.

See you Tuesday (or you can see us): One more gentle reminder that our big annual shindig, the 2019 Innovator of the Year Awards, is coming Tuesday morning to the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Join us as at our A-list breakfast networker as we honor two dozen of Long Island’s most innovative researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives. Still not too late to snag a seat – we’ll make room – but if you can’t make it, you can tune into the Innovate LI homepage beginning at 8 a.m. for live event coverage provided by our talented friends over at Quick-Cast.


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Blast off: One of the first 3D-printed rocket engines – and certainly one of the first ever printed in this region – has touched down at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Rocket man Max Haot has lent a prototype E-1 engine – produced by his Brooklyn-based startup, Launcher Space, with visions of carrying small satellites into orbit – to the Garden City museum, which will display the additive-manufactured booster through the summer. Haot, a successful Internet entrepreneur and cofounder of Livestream, launched his new enterprise in 2017 to pursue new opportunities in space exploration, and hopes to test a small launch vehicle by 2025.

The E-1, which has been test-blasted in Calverton at the former Grumman Aerospace grounds, is an ideal addition to the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Summer 2019 programming, which focuses heavily on the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing – and Long Island’s critical contributions to NASA’s Apollo program.

We’ll drink to that: A World Water Day toast to our friends at Adelphi University, who have turned their Garden City campus into an oasis of clean-water sustainability – including a campus-wide “filling” system that’s topped off the equivalent of nearly 3 million single-use plastic bottles.

In cahoots with Illinois-based water-filter provider Elkay (and willing drinkers packing their own reusable containers), Adelphi’s water-filling stations passed the 1 million-equivalent-bottles filled plateau back in 2015. With the tide now rising past 2.84 million equivalent bottles, the university is hoping to soak up the 3 million mark before this spring’s commencement exercises.

And the filling stations are just one of Adelphi’s water-sustainability endeavors, which also include ongoing research into the use of nanotechnology to break down dangerous waterborne pollutants, social-entrepreneurship programs focused on bringing clean water to rural India and an ambitious effort to restore Long Island’s oyster population, critical to the health of coastal waters. Dive into Adelphi’s water work right here.



Breaking it down: As LIPA approves a new power-purchase deal, details emerge on Long Island’s first large-scale anaerobic digester, a $90 million food waste-recycler promising economic and environmental advances.

Rome wasn’t built in a day: And CEWIT2019 won’t be, either, as Stony Brook University and its state-certified Center of Excellence get busy on November’s global innovation conference.

Stay calm: They’re not declaring any emergencies over at National Response Corp., the Great River-based crisis-response/government-compliance expert that came up about $46 million short in its otherwise impressive FY2018.



Hofstra has a new master’s degree program, the Hamptons have a new private entrepreneur’s club.



Innovate LI’s inbox overrunneth with inspirational ideas from all North American corners. This week’s brightest out-of-town innovations:

From South Carolina: Taylors-based Allapure introduces sustainable, nontoxic wound care and skin/surface sanitizers, lethal to 99.999 percent of all bacteria and viruses.

From Nevada: Las-Vegas based NXT Water, a contender in the hemp-derived beverage space, signs on with a national health-and-wellness distributor.

From California: San Diego-based TuSimple improves its automotive-grade camera systems, key to the development of the first commercial driverless truck.



+ Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana has promoted three associates to partner: John Bues practices real estate, banking, construction and corporate law; Nicole Forchelli practices tax certiorari and municipal law; and Nathan Jones practices commercial litigation and tax and land-use law.

+ Wendy Cetta has been promoted to director of support services at Medford-based Suffolk Federal Credit Union. She formerly served as manager.

+ Oyster Bay-based Walden Environmental Engineering has announced three new hires: Thomas Nitza has been hired as an associate and senior project manager; he previously served as president of Indiana-based Secant Group. Fatema Begum has been hired as an engineer; she previously served as a civil and hydraulic engineer at Connecticut based-AI Engineers. Juan Rodriguez has been hired as a project engineer; he is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo.



Pure inspiration: The British secret that started a running revolution (and could save America).

Pure advertising: It had some scientific backing, but Ivory Soap’s trademarked “99.44 percent pure” boast was basically written as an 1882 marketing slogan.

Pure … YIMBYism? As in “yes in my backyard” – turns out people living near wind turbines really like them.

Pure genius: Please continue supporting the great firms that support Innovate LI – including Farrell Fritz, where the busy Regulatory & Government Relations Practice Group focuses its big brains on Albany’s corridors of power.