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

Welcome to Cretaceous park: Scientists have discovered not one but four new species of pterosaurs, close cousins of the dinosaurs that lived about 70 million years ago.


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).

Take a bow: Monty’s revenge.

Sweet Burns: It’s also National Find a Rainbow Day, which is actually global and very sweet, though it does call this to mind.

We’ll drink to that: And cheers, James Carrington – the Connecticut inventor was good to the last drop when he patented the coffee mill on this date in 1829.

Other patents issued on April 3 include one in 1973 for American inventor Francis Dorion, who patented his “dual razor blade assembly” – the world’s first twin-blade shaver.

You’ll get mail (eventually): Blowing minds across the land (without blowing any speed limits), the Pony Express – promising delivery of most parcels between St. Louis and California in just 10 short days, give or take hostile terrain or the occasional war party – first rattled its spurs on this date in 1860.

Kidney shaped: Speaking of going from here to there, the first human-to-human kidney transplant was achieved on April 3, 1933, when a cadaver kidney was implanted in the thigh of a woman suffering acute mercury intoxication.

Alas, the blood types were hopelessly mismatched and the recipient ultimately died – but before the organ was rejected, it functioned for two full days.

Issues with that: Streaming, through the years.

Channel everything: Now thriving online (and still printing biweekly), TV Guide – the once-indispensable boob tube magazine – was first published on April 3, 1953.

Oh, SNAP: And the SNAP 10A, the first nuclear reactor to operate in space, launched on this date in 1965 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Still orbiting Earth today, the reactor pumped out 500 kilowatt-hours of power before dying of an electrical failure just 45 days after blastoff.

Who needs Tarzan: When you have Jane Morris Goodall, a.k.a. Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall (born 1934), the English primatologist, anthropologist and ethnologist known best for her long-term chimpanzee research, who turns 86 today.

Day job: Doris was a celebrity animal-rights activist, before it was cool.

Also born on April 3 were “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving (1783-1859); influential American essayist John Burroughs (1837-1921), who thoroughly channeled Thoreau; Russian botanist Katherine Esau (1898-1997), who dug deep into plants; American magazine magnate Henry Luce (1898-1967), who launched Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and more; and silver screen icon Doris Day (born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, 1922-2019).

Dawn patrol: And take a bow, Michael Anthony “Tony” Orlando Cassavitis – the American singer, songwriter, producer, actor and music executive, known best as half of 1970s hit-maker Tony Orlando and Dawn, turns 76 today.

Wish the singer, the princess of primates and all the other April 3 innovators well at – and knock three times if you have a story tip or calendar item to share.



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Pandemic east: A business-incubation system providing workspaces and biz-development support for East End entrepreneurs is broadening its scope – if not its geography – with a new community-focused pandemic-resources webpage.

Southampton-based i-hamptons – the organization behind The Spur, the co-working space/members-only “entrepreneur’s club” founded by Ashley Heather in 2017, now boasting a second location in East Hampton – has opened the COVID-19 Community Portal, a catch-all website funneling visitors to businesses, charities and government agencies focused on personal and business finance, health, education, community support and “personal productivity” in the Age of Coronavirus, all with a decidedly East End flavor.

The portal is also accepting contributions from East Enders with personal, entrepreneurial or community services worth sharing. “Our site is now a resource guide of various lists of pertinent information regarding COVID-19 for the community,” noted Lisa Haley, head of membership services for Spur South in Southampton. “We are hoping the community can utilize it as an information center, and we are also looking for them to add to it.”

And now for something completely different: From out of left field (and the Cretaceous period) comes a brand-new pterosaur, a winged cousin of the dinosaur and the fourth (!) new species of tapejarid announced this week.

The sudden bounty of prehistoric revelations comes courtesy of David Martill, professor at the School of the Environment, Geography and Geoscience at England’s University of Portsmouth. Just days after announcing evidence of three previously undiscovered pterosaur species, Martill and his team of paleobiologists have identified another new species, a toothless variety that’s the first of its kind discovered on African soil.

Adept flyers from the late Mesozoic Era, pterosaurs featured a telltale swooping crest on their foreheads and varied in size, from fighter jets to model airplanes. The tapejarids were medium-sized pterosaurs from the Cretaceous period, which closed the book on the Mesozoic Era – and welcomed the world to Jurassic park – 66 million years ago. “We are still far from having found all the paleontological treasures of North Africa,” Martill said Thursday. “Even fragmentary fossils … can give us important information about the biodiversity of the past.”



Speechless: There are no words to describe Adelphi University’s new Communication Sciences research center – especially with the breakthroughs on hold, for now.

Primed: Swab sites for kids, lockdown lessons for parents and free technology reviews for struggling small businesses – all this and more energizing Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus, our always-evolving, Island-centric journal of the great pandemic of 2020.

Connected: You’ve probably noticed, but our thrice-weekly newsletters haven’t skipped a beat. Now’s the time to make sure your innovation team is in the loop.



How to recover from a pandemic, by Michael Sahn; how to press 3D printing into emergency service, by Northwell Health.



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

From Washington: District of Columbia-based cybersecurity ace Shift5 inks an R&D agreement aimed at protecting U.S. Army vehicles from cyberattacks.

From North Carolina: Charlotte-based “privacy network” XcooBee introduces SupportMe, a digital crowdfunding and personal-fundraising tool.

From California: Los Angeles-based “consciousness programmer” Mas Sajady schedules a free global meditation to help the world through the pandemic.



Lynn D’Agostino

+ Lynne D’Agostino has joined the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. She previously served as principal of the Mandalay Elementary School in Wantagh.

+ Neera Roopsingh has joined Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano as an associate. She previously served as deputy town attorney for the Town of North Hempstead.

+ Kim Gennaro-Oancea has joined Bohemia-based P.W.Grosser Consulting as vice president of the firm’s SEQRA division. She was previously the principal of Uniondale-based KGO Consulting.

+ Hicksville-based Castellano, Korenberg & Co. has announced two new hires: Michael Needham, formerly with Hicksville-based Glass & Sheichel, is now a senior accountant, and Ritu Bhamra, formerly a supervising associate cashier for the MTA in Manhattan, is now a staff accountant.


Step No. 1: Just, no.


Wear it: A WFH must – how to look professional in PJs.

Share it: Ease their burden – your coworkers need compassion, more than ever.

Prepare it: Forget the to-do list – this action agenda is way more effective.

Dare it: And the Town of Islip Office of Economic Development – one of the amazing organizations that support Innovate LI – will help make it happen. Check them out.