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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…


State launches Offshore Wind Training Institute, again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Representing the largest public investment by any state in offshore wind workforce development, New York’s Offshore Wind Training Institute is now afloat. Seriously. The State University of New York and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority launched (or is it re-launched?) the $20 million OWTI this week, aiming to train 2,500 workers through an “educational infrastructure” administered by NYSERDA, Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University. Announced as…


No. 559: Flying saucers, supervillains and mutant viruses – are we living in an ‘X Files’ episode?

  Going to be a big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we brave another wintry week of socioeconomic innovation – with the fate of the Republic hanging in the balance, once again. Wish you were here: It’s Jan. 13 out there, and while out-of-control pandemics and potential revolutions continue to darken American skies, the rest of the world goes on: Liberation Day in Togo, Constitution Day in Mongolia, Democracy Day in Cape Verde…


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…


After rocky 2020, Island startups set to rock in 2021

By DAVID HAMILTON // What a challenging and tumultuous year! If you’d told the December 2019 me what was going to transpire, I’d have called you crazy – and suggested you’d read one too many sci-fi novels by our favorite Innovate LI editor. There was no way to see this coming: a never-ending pandemic, an unprecedented economic collapse, social upheaval on a national scale, political turmoil unlike anything we’ve ever seen, endless Zoom calls, three…


With Next Cryo, a startup that’s really cooling its jets

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Stony Brook University scientist who came in from the cold is getting some serious chills – and this time, he’s really got something to cryo about. Slowa Solovyov, a multi-patented, 23-year veteran of U.S. Department of Energy collaborations, is diving into the coldest environments man can create on a quest to improve quantum-level efficiencies. The longtime SBU adjunct professor of electrical engineering is flipping the switch on Next Cryo, a…


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…


In ThermoLift, SBU commercialization done right

By GREGORY ZELLER // The shining star of Stony Brook University’s commercialization ecosystem is all growed up – and ready to reshape the global heating-and-cooling landscape. As a client of Stony Brook’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program and a resident of the university’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, 2012 startup ThermoLift – co-founded by current Director Paul Schwartz and international engineering stalwart Peter Hofbauer – has advanced the principles of the extreme-temperature Vuilleumier thermodynamic…


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. 552: On magical eggs, Native legends and student comforts – plus history in the Home of the Whopper

  You earned it: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another workweek in the books, another weekend on tap. Take a couple days, why don’tcha. Before you do, go pull the lever in Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s 2021 Best of Long Island contest, where Innovate LI is up for Best Long Island Blog (among the Arts & Entertainment categories). Just 11 voting days left – vote today, vote often, and thanks for your support!…


No. 551: Indoctrinating, stimulating and surveillance testing – and bringing the extinct back to life

  Reunited: And it feels so good, dear readers, as we’re back on schedule and back in your inbox, right where we belong. It’s OK to say you missed us. We missed you, too. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 2, and we’re midway through this busy holiday-season workweek – and, blessedly, into the final stretch of problematic, perplexing and (literally) plagued 2020. Let’s finish both in style. Peaceful transition: Speaking of big finishes, less than two weeks…


Applied DNA shoots, scores on multiple COVID fronts

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a big week for one of Long Island’s boldest biotechs. Applied DNA Sciences, a Stony Brook-based leader in polymerase chain reaction-based DNA manufacturing, has earned New York State approvals for the veterinary trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed in conjunction with Italian startup EvviVax, a spinoff of frequent Applied DNA partner Takis Biotech. The Stony Brook biotech – which focused primarily on DNA-based supply-chain authentication before its 2015 acquisition…


Researchers note new Cretaceous species, by a nose

By GREGORY ZELLER // Welcome to Cretaceous Park! And say hello to Falcatakely, a mouthful to be sure – and a bona fide missing link between modern birds and fine-feathered forbearers of eons past. The crow-sized Falcatakely (a combination of Latin and Malagasy words inspired by the prehistoric creature’s small size and sickle-shaped beak) was discovered recently in Madagascar, with scientists from Stony Brook University and Ohio University using the latest 21st century tech to…


No. 550: In which Biden, Beethoven and Baby Moses meet (and the yo-yo rises)

  It’s their world: We’re just living in it, dear readers, as we reach the end of this latest busy workweek and look ahead to another restful weekend. Today is Friday, Nov. 20 – the U.N.’s World Children’s Day, when we’re reminded (or should be) that we’re merely temporary stewards of this planet, keeping it safe for younger generations waiting to do a much better job of it. That’s ridiculous: For the record, it’s also…


World’s fastest? SBU computer ain’t crying wolf

By GREGORY ZELLER // The home of the Seawolves is running with a whole new pack, with the arrival of a new supercomputer that paces the world’s fastest. Dubbed “Ookami” (loosely, the Japanese word for “wolf”), the new computer system – which runs on the same processor as Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer, recognized as the planet’s most powerful – has been installed at Stony Brook University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science. Operated by the IACS in…