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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

Now entering its final stages, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Numbers getting ugly across…


No. 555: Pace pact, time travel and immunization, Island-style – plus, a big first finish for CEBIP

  You asked for it: Admit it, dear readers – you griped about last winter’s lack of snow and the little tyke buried deep in your pragmatic soul is tingling with excitement. Or maybe you hate snow. Either way, get your milk and bread, ’cause here it comes. The parents strike back: It’s Wednesday, Dec. 16, and as we await Long Island’s first significant snowfall in nearly two years, we’ll issue a heartfelt apology to…


No. 547: On Patton, the birth of calculus and a smart new entrepreneurism angle

  Who’s there? Knock knock, friends – it’s Nov. 11 out there, which is Veteran’s Day, of course, and we can come back later if you’re among the lucky few taking a holiday. For those on the job, welcome to Wednesday and the midpoint of this latest workweek – not to mention Armistice Day in New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia, plus Polish Independence Day, since you asked. Underestimating their forces: We grossly misstated the…


No. 542: Earth, Smurfs and the iPod all begin – and so does a new era in Bay Shore

  No argument here: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we recover from another debilitating debate night – hopefully, the last we’ll ever see like that – and wrap up another busy workweek. It’s Oct. 23 on Long Island and around the world – a big date for our readers in Hungary (National Day), Brazil (Aviator’s Day) and Thailand (Chulalongkorn Day, commemorating the 1910 passing of King Chulalongkorn, beloved fifth monarch of the Chakri dynasty)….


No. 516: On margarine, Boeing and The Rosetta Stone – and playing the odds at Jones Beach

  Hot days, cold stretch: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as COVID-19 rages across the land – though not in New York, where we’ve earned a reprieve – and we steam into the second half of this latest sultry summer workweek. It’s July 15 out there – a tough one for the selfish, with it being National Give Something Away Day and all. No accounting for tastes: It’s also National Gummi Worm Day (that’s a…


No. 509: On peanut butter cookies, LaGuardia Airport and kelp – plus baseball (remember that?)

  Phase 2 Friday: You’ve done it again, dear readers! Another tough workweek conquered – and, as your reward, Long Island’s first weekend under Phase 2 reopening protocols. Well played! It’s June 12 out there, and while you’re probably itching for your teenager to find a summer job after a half-year of home learning, it is indeed the U.N.’s World Day Against Child Labour, which is a very different matter and no joke. That’s, like,…


No. 502: TopDocs, bottom dollars and lines in the sand, on a good day to be a millionaire

  Place your bets: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island eagerly anticipates its Phase 1 reopening (not just yet) and we patiently muscle through another WFH workweek (marking, like, 850 in a row, though we may have lost count). For those keeping score, with Nassau and Suffolk about to eclipse 30 trace cases per 1,000 residents and regional COVID-19 hospital deaths dropping fast, the good money is on Phase 1 baby steps for…


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. 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…


No. 474: On molecular diagnostics, robo-busts and T Rex – and happy birthday to the author of your youth

  Back stretch: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the clubhouse turn of our latest socioeconomic sprint. It’s Feb. 12 out there, replete with offbeat observations: choose from National Lost Penny Day, National Plum Pudding Day and Valentine’s Hug Day, a cuddly precursor to the big lovers’ day. They do: Speaking of lovers, it’s also a notable date for same-sex unions – National Freedom to Marry Day, which was actually started by a law firm…


No. 464: Charging into the 20s, with Hawking, Cousteau, surgery bots and a new Penn Station

  Off we go: The holidays are over and reality returns, dear readers, as a fresh month, year and decade of socioeconomic innovation begins. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Babinden in Belarus, celebrating midwives, and World Typing Day, promoting speed and accuracy. Sweets: It’s also National English Toffee Day and National Man Watchers Day, which attempts to balance societal scales by encouraging women to gawk at men for a change (not sure about the thinking…


No. 455: Kalikow knows, Empire invades, Rod Stewart stays on track – and why WOS is A-OK with PSEG

  The final countdown: The clock is ticking, dear readers, as we speed toward the climactic conclusion of another busy workweek. To set a proper Friday mood, straight from 1986 … please welcome Swedish rockers Europe! Play it again: Please be sure to reduce and reuse whenever possible today – Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Einigkeit macht stark: Hello to our many readers in Belgium, where they’re having a busy one – Nov. 15…


No. 443: On Ken Morrelly, the LIREDC’s highest hopes, Sputnik and the Queen of the Damned

  Ten-four, good buddy: Breaker, breaker, dear readers, and thanks for having your ears on as we keep the left door closed, put the hammer down and speed toward another well-earned weekend. It’s Friday out there, Oct. 4 to be precise, which of course means it’s 10-4 and National CB Radio Day, first proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to salute the Citizen Band as an emergency resource and to honor enthusiasts. Off the…


No. 431: Inventing Google, superior supercomputing and just the fax, ma’am

  Equatorial shift: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of this summertime workweek on Long Island and around the world (except in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s winter). Senior circuit: Whatever your season, it’s Aug. 21 out there – and to the 47 million-plus U.S. citizens ages 65 and older (according to the 2017 census), enjoy your National Senior Citizens Day. Readers of all ages can get…


No. 412: On Prince, Pence, Columbia, clams and Northwell Health’s new ‘ranch’ dressing

  Finishing what you started: Another busy workweek ends, dear readers, and another warm weekend dawns. It’s Friday, June 7, out there, and you’ve completed yet another hard-run marathon of socioeconomic progress. Well done. Here’s the scoop: As a reward, please enjoy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Here, them roar: You know who likes chocolate ice cream? Many of the 1.7 million members of Lions Club International, the world’s largest service organization, which launched in…