No. 420: Wheels up in Suffolk, Alda’s new Discovery, a vagus wedding and the survey says…?

The shape of things: Born July 12, 1895, global thinker R. Buckminster Fuller was a visionary innovator committed to "more with less" designs.


You win: The Friday finish line approaches and you’ve done it again, dear reader – another steamy workweek in the books, another well-earned weekend on tap.

It’s July 12 out there, and if you had the Ottoman Empire capturing Euboea in Central Greece on this date in 1470, finally ending the month-long Siege of Negroponte, aferin sana! Here’s your receipt for 50 silver akçe, redeemable anywhere on the third-floor promenade.

Twelfth day: Orangemen, assemble.

Freshly squeezed: To our Protestant friends in Northern Ireland and Scotland, a joyous and safe Orangeman’s Day, also known as The Twelfth, commemorating Dutch Prince William of Orange’s victory over deposed King James II in 1690’s Battle of the Boyne.

Here in the States, we have some interesting dessert options today: July 12 is both National Eat Your Jell-O Day and National Pecan Pie Day.

Bag man: Jell-O and pies both fit nicely into paper bags, and we know this largely because Massachusetts inventor William Goodale patented his “Machine for Making Paper Bags” on this date in 1859.

Other U.S. patents issued on July 12 include one in 1870 for “Father of the U.S. Plastics Industry” John Hyatt and his brother, Isaiah (ostensibly, the Uncle of U.S. Plastics), for their “Improvement in Treating and Molding Pyroxyline” – essentially, the invention of celluloid.

Shocking: It was this date in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland signed a Congressional act formalizing electrical-measurement magnitudes including ohms, volts, coulombs, farads, joules and henrys.

Speaking of Congress, it was July 12, 1909, when both houses passed a joint resolution proposing the 16th Amendment – paving the way for the creation of income taxes.

Down in smoke: Surgeon General Leroy Burney issued a report on this date in 1957 connecting smoking and lung cancer, becoming the first U.S. government official to publicly acknowledge the link.

Dollar values are tripled: “Family Feud” turns 43 today.

Let’s play the Feud! And still putting the top answers on the board 43 years later, “Family Feud” – with host Richard “The Kissing Bandit” Dawson – debuted on the ABC Television Network on this date in 1976.

Lived a Fuller life: American inventor, educator, author, philosopher, engineer and architect Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) – who invented the geodesic dome and other paradigm-shifting machines and structural systems – would be 124 years old today.

Also born on July 12 were author, poet and naturalist Henry Thoreau (1817-1862); inventor, industrialist and photographic pioneer George Eastman (1854-1932); African American agricultural scientist George Washington Carver (1864-1934); film mogul Louis B. Mayer (1884-1957), co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; and lyricist and frequent Richard Rodgers collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960).

Don’t stop: But do take a bow, Christine McVie – the Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and vocalist (born Christine Anne Perfect) turns 76 today.

In honor of McVie’s birthday, we heard Rumours that you might Go Your Own Way and share some story tips and calendar items. Well, that’s the stuff of Dreams, and we’ll Tango in the Night if it’s true. So show us some Big Love at, and remember – your contributions are never Second Hand News to us.


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Oh, yeah: He’s much more of a Zanos.

You’re rubber, they’re glu: Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientists have learned how the almighty vagus nerve relays glucose-regulating messages to the brain – potentially uncovering a new method for measuring important blood sugar levels.

The intriguing findings of researchers led by Assistant Professor Theodoros Zanos, head of the Neural & Data Science Laboratory at Feinstein’s Institute of Bioelectronic Medicine, were published Thursday in Bioelectronic Medicine, an open-access journal produced by academic publishing company Springer Nature.

By deciphering specific vagus signals related to glucose, a critical regulator of brain and muscle functions, this latest bioelectronics thrust promises exciting advances in the regulation of human metabolism. “We believe by listening to and stimulating this nerve, we can open new possibilities to diagnose and treat various diseases,” Zanos said this week. “This discovery gets us closer to new technologies [with] the potential of helping many patients living with various metabolic diseases.”

Eastern migration: For those keeping score, Greenport’s Eastern Long Island Hospital is now officially a part of the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system.

Affiliated with Stony Brook since 2006, the 90-bed acute-care hospital announced in 2015 that it would officially hook its wagon to Stony Brook University’s healthcare star. As of July 1, the hospital – rechristened Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital – is providing services under Stony Brook Medicine’s operating license.

Working closely with its university brethren, SBELIH will look to increase its specialized outpatient services and otherwise address healthcare gaps for East End residents. Its addition keeps the burgeoning health system “on the cutting edge of healthcare, implementing new strategies to improve the health of the communities we serve,” according to Stony Brook Medicine Senior Vice President Kenneth Kaushansky, dean of SBU’s Renaissance School of Medicine.



Bike gang: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Boston-based Zagster and Suffolk County are teaming up for Long Island’s first bike-share program.

Discovery zone: The Discovery Channel will proudly present Stony Brook University Visiting Professor Alan Alda’s popular communications podcast.

Not going to plan: So the plan is changing at Melville’s MSC Industrial Supply Co., which endured another baffling fiscal quarter.



Applied DNA inks a big deal, Albany incentivizes energy storage and an SBU scientist spaces out.



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

Driver not included: Perrone Robotics’ Drop-In Autonomy Kit.

From Virginia: Crozet-based mobile-autonomy and robotics-control specialist Perrone Robotics rolls out Virginia’s first autonomous public shuttle service.

From New York City: E-commerce fashion platform pxl launches an online design studio that allows anyone to create and share unique products.

From Connecticut: Madison-based telecommunications pioneer PowerPhone beefs up its life-or-death Telecommunicator CPR public-safety protocols.



Jason Lo

+ Jason Lo has joined Syosset-based law firm Kaplan, Kaplan & DiTrapani as an associate. The Mandarin-fluent certified anti-money laundering specialist was most recently an associate at New York City law firm Huang & Associates.

+ Nancy Helenek has been appointed to the board of directors for The Home Care Association of New York. She serves as administrative director of care continuum at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

+ Taryn Rosu has been hired by Woodbury-based SterlingRisk Insurance as senior program underwriter, with oversight of its Combined Real Estate Purchasing Enterprise Group. She previously served as associate vice president at Manhattan-based Distinguished Programs.

+ Robert Lamberson Jr. has been hired as director of analytics and reporting at Hauppauge-based Austin Williams. He previously held the same position at Dentsu Aegis Network in Manhattan.

+ Janet Verneuille has been hired as executive vice president and chief risk officer at Glen Head-based First National Bank of Long Island. She previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Islandia-based Empire National Bank.

+ Dirk Wojtczack has been hired as a project manager at Babylon-based GPI/Greenman-Pedersen. He was previously senior construction project manager for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

+ Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences has announced three new hires: Qiang Zhao, former director of clinical research at Stony Brook-based Vitatex, and Hunan Dong, also a former Vitatex scientist, have been hired as research-and-development scientists; and Ashley Volz, formerly a graduate-student researcher at Stony Brook University, has been hired as a laboratory technician.



Surf’s up: From Newsday, a year-round surf park makes waves in Shirley.

Time’s up: From Scientific American, why massive forest restoration may be the last hope against global warming.

Giving up: From Forbes, a cautionary tale of how companies lose their best innovators.

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