Joel Hurowitz

No. 521: London Jewelers rising up, rising up – so are fascism, Mars probes and consumer confidence

  The end is nigh: You’ve made it, dear reader – the terminus of both the wicked-warm workweek and the molasses-slow month. Good job, enjoy your weekend. Flags of our makua: It’s July 31 out there, which is of course Ka Hae Hawai’i Day – a.k.a. Hawaiian Flag Day, recognizing Hawaiian sovereignty (as declared by the British on July 31, 1843). Today also delivers a feast for the hungry: July 31 brings us, in no…


Return to Mars: SBU scientist back in the PIXL

By GREGORY ZELLER // Joel Hurowitz just can’t get off Mars. Hurowitz is not at all like the “The Martian,” titular hero of novelist Andy Weir’s smash hit about a stranded astronaut desperate to return to Earth. Instead, the assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Geosciences keeps volunteering to return to the Red Planet – at least virtually, as a consultant on several NASA missions. His first trip to Mars was in 2004,…


At SBU, Rocking the Space Vibe

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funding a five-year mission that has Stony Brook University geologists exploring strange, new worlds – and gearing up for future star treks. The university’s Department of Geosciences on Friday officially launched its new 6,500-square-foot Center for Planetary Exploration, a three-laboratory consortium using next-generation science to unearth the solar system’s oldest clues. It’s prime directives: to seek out ancient microbial lifeforms and otherwise decode eons…