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No. 405: On Farmingdale State’s new feeder, Stony Brook’s super switch and Adelphi’s major minor upgrade

  Cold open: Beware the Ides of March, dear reader – oh, wait, it’s the Ides of May. It only feels like March. But it’s actually May 15 out there, midpoint of the month, two-thirds of the way through spring and halfway home in this latest (chilly) week of socioeconomic innovation. For the record, as of Tuesday afternoon, the Weather Channel was forecasting that high temperatures on Long Island wouldn’t exceed 70 degrees until the…


No. 399: On soda jerks, community gardens and bag bans – plus, ICE in SBU’s veins

Full speed ahead: As we hurtle the Wednesday hump, dear readers, and hustle through another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s April 24 out there, and it’s a busy one – Children’s Day in Zambia, Concord Day in Niger, Democracy Day in Nepal, National Panchayati Raj Day in India and Kapyong Day in both Australia and Canada, among other festivities. Please celebrate responsibly. Creature comfort: It’s also the World Day for Laboratory Animals, a circa-1979…


No. 397: In which the shrew fits, SBU grad students soar and Northwell knuckles down at the NUMC

  Half full: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the clubhouse turn of another exciting week of socioeconomic progress. Checking in: It’s April 17 out there, and first off we’d like to welcome new newsletter subscribers Zachary, Estelle, James, Brian, Lisa and Francesco. If any of you had two sons of Chulabi nobleman Kiya Afrasiyab murdering Hasan II in his bathtub – effectively ending Mazandaran’s Bavand dynasty – on this date in 1349, well done!…


No. 390: On relativity, finger-licking and extra Voices – and happy birthday, almost-2,000-year-old man

  Spring in your step: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the first day of spring in our lovely Northern Hemisphere – the vernal equinox occurs today at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time. We really had an easy winter. But the 15-or-so inches of snow measured by the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station won’t be a record low, according to historical accumulations recorded by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Veggie tales: This…


No. 388: On Broadway, Barbie’s BFF and best workforce investments (mentoring, also aces for at-risk kids)

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we hurdle the hump of another busy workweek. It’s March 13 out there, which of course makes it National Elephant Day in Thailand, marking the 1998 addition of the white elephant to that nation’s flag. (Note: Not to be confused with World Elephant Day, held in August.) Hello, dolly: Today is also Ken Day, celebrating the 1961 debut of Ken Carson – yes, Barbie’s plastic…


No. 386: Hofstra in the minority, septuagenarians in bed and Gilbert in the weeds, again (plus: The Dude abides)

  Wednesday welcome: You’ve reached the midpoint of another exciting week of inventions, investments and bold business development. Well done, intrepid reader! It’s March 6 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Lily, Brian, Samantha, Caleb, Brandon, Frank, Alyssa, Ellen, Javier, Melissa, Martez and Joshua. Please make sure your snacks are peanut-free, and enjoy the show. Sometimes there’s a man: Our new friends join us on a special day for the…


No. 384: Inventing aspirin, Novocain and heroin – and fighting opioid addiction with feeling

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation here on Long Island and around the world. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the second day of Ayyám-i-Há for followers of the Bahá’í faith. (Of course, this observance only falls on this date on the Gregorian calendar if Bahá’í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which doesn’t always happen,…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


No. 378: Applied DNA in Asia, tech in the classroom and golfers on the moon (plus: why King Kullen still cares)

  Stuck in the middle with you: Here we are, dear reader, together again at the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Wednesday! It’s Feb. 6 out there, marking both Ronald Reagan Day in California (where the future president served two terms as governor) and the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which is no joke. Sick days: Before we get started, yes, you have the flu…


No. 376: The mahatma, the pharmacist, and life in the home of the economically influential immigrant

  Middle class: It’s the third day of the week – fourth if you’re a Quaker – and whether you dig “Woden” or “Odin,” welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting run of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Jan. 30 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Hannah, Jessica, Kenneth, Liu, Vivian, Tom, Edmon, Micki, Scott, Deanette, Justin and Raj. Goodness, they’re piling up fast these days! Enjoy the…


No. 374: On Sully, ‘MacGyver,’ Pluto and Nomorobo … and the Oscars go to New York!

  Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of innovative entrepreneurism. It’s Jan. 23 out there, and to our readers on Pitcairn Island, a safe and joyous Bounty Day to you (celebrated every Jan. 23 to commemorate the burning of the HMS Bounty by her infamous mutineers in 1790). Write up: To everyone else, please enjoy National Handwriting Day, an actual event that encourages us…


No. 372: Cuomo balances, DeCarlo dares and Island water districts clean up (plus: designing a smarter smartphone)

  Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting (and chilly) workweek. It’s Jan. 16 out there, and if you had General Siyaj K’ak’ conquering the pre-Columbian Mayan city of Tikal in the name of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán on this date 1,641 years ago, well, that’s pretty amazing. Two-hundred cacao beans for you. Easy pray: Marking the 1786 signing of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, this and…


No. 370: In which the Brookhaven IDA shines, the millennials rise … and the robocalls are winning

  January thaw: Welcome to Wednesday, innovators, and the midpoint of 2019’s first full workweek. It’s Jan. 9 out there, and if you’re still writing “2018” on checks and other forms, you’re not alone. Blue by you: Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and you don’t need to watch “Live PD” to know how hard these men and women work, every day, in an incredibly tense and dangerous occupation. If you see a cop…


No: 365: Electrons, hackathons, gadget gifts and yes, America, there is a climate change

  Golden mettle: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve reached the 50th Friday of 2018 (go ahead and count, if you don’t believe us) and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. You are to be commended. It’s Dec. 14 out there, and we have plenty of interesting days to choose from – it’s international Monkey Day and, here in the USA, National Salesperson Day. Because it just sounds so badass: But we’re going…


No. 364: Planning HQ2, digitizing Robert Moses and still taking giant leaps for mankind, a half-century later

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another wintry Wednesday arrives (though it’s still not winter) and we race through the midpoint of another busy workweek. Ride share: Before we get to it, welcome new newsletter subscribers Alida, Greg, Michael, Marc, Carmela, George, Nina, Stanley, Stacy, Brittany, Sarah, Christopher, MJ and Cristian. What a fine-looking group! Please keep your hands in the car at all times. Not taking sides:…