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No. 563: On historical mice, Mozart and NutraSweet – and the future of fiber-optics

  Flush with excitement: Hello again, dear readers, and a joyous Thomas Crapper Day to you, as we wipe away the competition and reclaim the innovation throne. All over the place: It’s Jan. 27 out there, a date that truly ricochets around the human spectrum – not only Crapper Day but International Holocaust Remembrance Day and National Chocolate Cake Day, not to mention World Breast Pumping Day. Mouses that roared: Before we dive in, a…


Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic and proliferating SARS-CoV-2 immunization programs continue to reshape the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – continue to meet 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.     ‘Community vaccination kits’ grace…


No. 562: Neurons, Paris and polka dots – and that time Apple took down Big Brother

  Well, THAT was exciting: Not just another week, dear readers, but certainly one more workweek in the books, as we reach Friday and the precipice of a well-earned winter weekend. It’s Jan. 22 out there – just three days into the Biden Administration, but now Amanda Gorman is a household name and already the world is feeling better. See spot, run: And you probably will, on National Polka Dot Day. Too tame? Spice things…


Seeing is remembering (or, you light up my neurons)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Straight from the fusiform gyrus (bridging the bases of the temporal and occipital lobes) comes the human brain’s innate ability to recognize faces, a fairly mysterious physiochemical action – until now. Science understands how the brain’s fusiform facial area responds to faces, or at least that it does. But the limitations of experimentation within functioning brains – that old bugaboo – have left the more precise goings-on, at the individual-neuron level,…


No. 561: Beginnings, endings and end-arounds – and dammit, Jim, I’m 101 today

  Hold on to your potatoes: Welcome, dear reader, to Jan. 20, 2021. Today, of course, is the series finale of “The Apprentice President,” which promises to be as somber as the “M*A*S*H” coda, as pointless as the “Seinfeld” sendoff, as inconclusive as the conclusion of “The Sopranos” … and as serious as a heart attack. Whatever happens on this monumental Wednesday in our shining City on a Hill, consider this: You may praise President…


Hurry up and wait for slow, but steady, vaccinations

By TERRY LYNAM // Frustration abounds as Long Islanders and Americans nationwide struggle to make appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination. The initial strategy put in place by Operation Warp Speed – the public-private partnership established by the federal government to develop, manufacture and distribute the vaccines – purposely held back 50 percent of the nation’s available supply to guarantee second doses to the healthcare workers, nursing home denizens and others eligible during the rollout’s first…


No. 560: Do you ever have déjà vu? Or loose change? Or bagels? Or déjà vu?

  Stay tuned: You made it, dear reader – the end of another weak-in-the-knees workweek, with deadly pandemics and everything else overshadowed by the sickening schism in our nation’s capital. We’re in uncharted waters for sure – unprecedented impeachments, a GOP civil war, whispers of collusion within the House (“Benedict Arnold territory,” according to one former U.S. attorney), very real fears of violence in the streets. What happens next? This much we know: Innovation continues….


With ambitious agenda, Cuomo goes even harder left

By GREGORY ZELLER // Online sports betting, legalized marijuana and a “fight” against the federal government for overdue COVID-19 compensation – against what figures to be a relatively friendly Congress – highlight Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans for 2021. In a typically shoot-for-the-moon State of the State address delivered Monday, the governor outlined an annual agenda overflowing with healthcare initiatives – including comprehensive telehealth legislation, the creation of the nation’s first “public health corps” and fair…


No. 558: It’s a riot – filled with Darwinians, smooth moves and tiny bubbles

  So, how was your week? Sanity reigns, the Republic stands and the business of innovation carries on – and so does Innovate LI, despite a bellyful of website and email issues. If you thought the scene at the U.S. Capitol was banana-republic-ish, consider this nugget: Always, always, choose your web-hosting service carefully. Suffice it to say, if you sent us an email anytime between Christmas and Jan. 7, we didn’t get it – just…


No. 558: Three Kings, two ore extractions and one very unlucky species – plus, the pandemic primer plows on

  New and improved: Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a bold new year of socioeconomic innovation on Long Island and around the world. Yes, the pandemic still weighs heavy on our everyday existence, and will for months to come. But dreadful 2020 is kaput and a new year, brimming with hope and promise, has arrived. Like Dave Hamilton says (see below), whatever doesn’t kill you … so since we’re all still here, let’s roll…


No. 556: On missing links, adventurous socialites and phased inoculations – and partying with Jett and Joel

  Winter wonderland: You had Friday on your mind, dear readers, and neither school closures, power outages nor blizzard-like conditions were going to stop you – and now here you are, on the brink of an especially well-earned weekend. It’s Dec. 18 out there, and as we wrap up another week of socioeconomic innovation, let us be the first to offer you mabrook – that’s “congratulations” in Arabic (phonetically), apropos on the U.N.’s World Arabic…


Northwell to lead Island vaccination plan, distribution

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State will establish Regional Vaccination Hubs to streamline the Phase 2 administration of more plentiful COVID-19 vaccines. Scheduled to commence in “early 2021,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, Phase 2 will involve the distribution of larger numbers of vaccines to more diverse communities, including essential workers and at-risk community members. In Phase 1, limited supplies of biopharma giant Pfizer’s freshly minted COVID-19 vaccine are primarily targeting frontline healthcare…


Targeting healthcare workers, LI vaccinations begin

By GREGORY ZELLER // Americans remain split about receiving a COVID-19 shot – but frontline healthcare workers are squarely in the vaccinate-me-now category. Pfizer’s hastily approved COVID-19 vaccine is now coursing through American bloodstreams, and as the earliest shipments arrived this week on Long Island, workers throughout Island hospitals and healthcare systems were gratefully rolling up their sleeves. Phase One of the State University of New York’s COVID-19 vaccine-distribution operation commenced Tuesday, with SUNY hospitals…


No. 554: Indiana arrives, Concordes soar, Hofstra picks a prez and Adelphi goes to the Grammys

  The end is nigh: And nobody’s complaining, dear reader, as we wrap up this blustery workweek and anticipate a weekend of bustling holiday shopping – or what passes for it in confused, confounded 2020. You WILL enjoy yourselves: It’s Friday, Dec. 11, and to our many readers in the Central Luzon, a joyous Pampanga Day, 500 years in the making and decreed four decades ago by that old Filipino softy Ferdinand Marcos. Here in…


No. 549: On Truth, justice for Susan B. and the state of American bridges (not good)

  Let freedom ring: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through this latest busy workweek in the land of the free and the home of the brave. On that note, happy Independence Day this Nov. 18 to our many readers in Morocco (marking independence from Spain in 1956), Oman (technically National Day, marking independence from Portugal in 1650), Haiti (technically Battle of Vertières Day, marking independence from France in 1803) and Latvia (technically…