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Quantum powers unite in Island’s $115M QIS center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $115 million research effort rooted at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University will try to push the United States to the head of the global quantum-information class. The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen BNL to lead one of five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, each supporting the National Quantum Initiative Act, which became law in 2018 and mandates a 10-year national strategy to “accelerate the development of…


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,…


No. 480: On coronavirus, coronavirus and coronavirus – and introducing our 2020 Master of Innovation

  Don’t worry, we washed our hands: Put ’er there, dear readers, and welcome to Wednesday, as we hurtle the hump of this latest busy (and blessedly spring-like) winter workweek. It’s March 4 out there – St. Casimir’s Day, honoring the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania, and National Pound Cake Day, celebrating the world’s most versatile cake. Strong language: It’s also National Grammar Day, a celebration of proper written and verbal grammar, desperately needed…


No. 465: In which Pathways emerge, Qunnect connects, Hoplite hops to it and BNL accelerates, big time

  Like magic: Blink and you might have missed it, dear readers, as the first full workweek of 2020 nears its end and we approach an unusually warm winter weekend. That voodoo that you do: It’s Friday, Jan. 10, on Planet Earth, and to our many readers in Benin – the tiny West African nation known best as the birthplace of voodoo – a spirit-pleasing Fête du Vodoun. Here in the States, no voodoo dolls…


No. 457: On micro-credentials, electric avenues and a historic black-and-white kiss, in full color

  Well done: Here we are again, dear readers, nearing the end of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Outstanding job. It’s Nov. 22 out there – 56th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy and, mathematically, the earliest date on which Thanksgiving can fall, though not this year. Let’s get out of here: Fitting for a Friday, today is also National Go For a Ride Day, celebrating planes,…


Galactic gala honors past, present of LI air and space

By GREGORY ZELLER // After four trips to space, a front-row seat for the breathless Apollo 13 rescue and some relatively ho-hum years as a U.S. Air Force airman and test pilot – Arctic interceptor missions, midair collisions, yawn – Thomas Stafford doesn’t surprise easily. And the retired Air Force lieutenant-general – who’s graced numerous aerospace-industry boards, once simultaneously oversaw NASA and USAF test facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and has flown just about…


No. 450: Worlds war, bombs blast and Delta delivers – plus, an all-time LI great calls it a career (kinda)

  Wicked Wednesday: Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, dear reader, though today is the day before Halloween – and, of course, the midpoint of this ghoulish week of socioeconomic innovation. Slim pickings: Perhaps in anticipation of tomorrow’s candied costumery, there are very few “holidays” to highlight this (and every) Oct. 30. Today is National Checklist Day, which is as exciting as it sounds (though it started with a bang), and National Text Your Ex…


New era, same mission as golden LIBDC plans ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // Invention, and reinvention. They are the manifestation of creativity and the heart of innovation. True today, on a Long Island staking a claim as a leading biosciences hub; true a half-century ago, when a unique combination of potato farms and cutting-edge aerospace defined an otherwise sparse suburbia. The current leadership of the Long Island Business Development Council, which turns 50 this year, is a reinvention of sorts – a forward-thinking team…


SBU space man returns for stellar SSERVI sequel

By GREGORY ZELLER // A blockbuster summer sequel will see Stony Brook University soar into space, once again. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected eight research teams to collaborate through the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, a national thinktank featuring dozens of scientific disciplines, all focused on the final frontier and human space exploration. Among them: Timothy Glotch, a professor in SBU’s Department of Geosciences, and his team of more than 60…


No. 418: On penguins, jokers, Gotham’s water supply and Caith crusaders

  Keep cool: Baby, it’s hot out there, but don’t sweat it – you’ve reached the end of this sunny first week of Summer 2019. Well done, dear reader. It’s June 28 out there – National Insurance Awareness Day and National Tapioca Day, both real – and Alboin, king of the Italian peninsula’s Lombards until his assassination on this date in 572 A.D., is still dead. Not tomorrow, Tau Day: In livelier news, June 28…


No. 413: Spacemen in Garden City, pharma/nutra in-depth and sweet somethings from a cider insider

  Wednesday’s child: Full of woe? Of course not, dear friends – we are a focused and forward-thinking workforce on the road to socioeconomic greatness, no matter what day it is! It happens to be Wednesday, June 12 to be precise, and as we hurtle the hump of another busy workweek, we wish our many readers in Paraguay a joyous and peaceful Chaco Armistice Day. Loving it: In a double entendre for the ages, today…


No. 411: In which Voder speaks, the Apple II arrives, iTunes departs – and the Avengers assemble!

  Half full: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we dive in, a warm welcome to new newsletter subscribers Michael, Kathleen, Josh, Frank, Tim, Wayne, Elizabeth, Warren, Eddie, Cliff, Noel, Micaela, Paige and Gary. Let us be the first to wish you a healthy and safe World Day Against Speciesism. Ecologically logical: That must mean it’s June 5 out there, and most of…


Moon shot: Recalling the bid that changed Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // On an island populated by Mets, Jets and Knicks fans, it can be easy to forget what winning feels like – and with constant chatter about creating an “economic identity” for Long Island, it’s somewhat surprising to remember that it actually happened once. But it did. When the Bethpage-based Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. (now part of Northrop Grumman) won a 1962 National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract to design and construct…


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…