# 628: In which Darwin digs, Bocelli sings, Lincoln frees the slaves – and the machines ignite (uh oh)

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Out of your gourd: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and to the middle of a busy work week – not to mention the first day of fall here in our beautiful northern hemisphere.

Yes you can run but you can’t hide – it’s September 22, it’s fall and pumpkin spice season is officially upon us.

Never forget: Aside from the pumpkin atrocities (spicy pumpkin water, really?!?), you will surely remember that it is National Elephant Appreciation Day.

A little more forgettable is World rhino day, also celebrated this and every September 22.

Sweet combination: For dessert, consider a candy combo (no pumpkin) – today it’s both National Ice Cream Cone Day and National White Chocolate Day.

Darwinian discovery: There were no pumpkins in sight when the HMS Beagle stopped at Punta Alta – a coastal region of Argentina – on this date in 1832, although the famous English naturalist Charles Darwin discovered his first batch of fossils.

Free guy: President Abraham Lincoln delivered his first emancipation proclamation 159 years ago today, announcing that 3 million American slaves would be freed on the following January 1 – and effectively declaring the Civil War a war on slavery.

Know your Xavier: Xavier University, in the United States first black catholic college, opened September 22, 1915, in New Orleans.

Over a century later, the relatively small Xavier University in Louisiana – not to be confused with the much larger Xavier University in Cincinnati – is a model of STEM and health science education.

Opening the way: Women were encouraged to join the workforce while their men fought World War II, and were then ruthlessly dumped when the troops returned home.

That is, until September 22, 1949, when the American Business Women’s Association trained in a Kansas City coffeeshop, and the scale began to swing towards equilibrium.

They will be there for you: And the creator of NBC stars “Friends”, regularly ranked among the the most popular sitcoms in history, debuted on that date in 1994.

Graphic content: Scottish engineer and economist William Playfair (1759-1823) – who invented bar charts and pie charts and was otherwise the pioneer of the graphical representation of statistics – would be 262 years old today.

Also born on September 22, English scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), who discovered benzene, liquefied carbon dioxide and led the study of electromagnetism; British tennis star Charlotte Cooper (1870-1966), the first woman to win olympic gold; American zoologist Victor Ernest Shelford (1877-1968), the first and foremost animal ecologist; Canadian-American physiologist Charles Huggins (1901-1997), who won a noble award to demonstrate the relationship between hormones and certain cancers; and the American nurse and licensed pilot Ellen Church (1904-1965), the the world’s first flight attendant.

The voice: And say hello, Andrea Bocelli! Completely blind since the age of 12, the powerfully voiced Italian multi-instrumentalist and opera singer – known as “the most beloved tenor in the worldâ€- turns 63 today.

Wish the virtuoso singer good luck at [email protected], where your topical advice and calendar events are always on the rise.

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Big help: A new investigation by the Empire State Association of Assisted Living – which represents many establishments on Long Island and across New York – offers valuable information on a sensitive topic: nursing homes and the pandemic.

Designed to assess public perception of assisted living facilities in the age of coronavirus – a particularly hot topic in the wake of what many see as the brutal neglect from the Cuomo administration – the investigation covers several points unrelated to COVID and largely expresses support for assisted living devices. For example, 83% of those questioned say they fear that their elderly relatives will feel isolated when living alone, 92% think that their relatives would benefit from greater socialization and 81% would like more help to take care of their family. their elderly.

But COVID-related questions go straight to the heart, with respondents – about 200 New York women aged 45 and over who help care for a senior – showing confidence in assisted living facilities during COVID and adopting an overwhelming pro-vaccination stance. Sixty-nine percent say they think the facilities provide safe environments during the pandemic and 84 percent say high vaccination rates among assisted-living workers (76 percent at the time of the survey) and residents (95 percent) provide comfort. “New York State’s assisted living communities have worked tirelessly over the past year to reinvent processes to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff,†said Lisa Newcomb, Executive Director of ESAAL.

Inclusion infusion: Long Island’s future economy takes center stage Thursday morning at Greybarn in Amityville, where the Babylon Industrial Development Agency has scheduled a special seminar on “economic inclusion.”

Kicking off at 8 a.m., the event – targeting small business owners – focuses on a panel discussion moderated by Babylon IDA Compliance Officer Bill Lindsay with NAACP Regional Director in Long Island, Tracey Edwards, Founder and Chairman of Minority Millennials, Dan Lloyd and McBride Consulting & Business. Partner of the development group and Senior Vice President Luis Montes. The panel is expected to discuss decisions regional leaders can take today to positively affect future generations, with particular attention to general racial inequalities and the benefits of register with New York State as a minority and women owned business.

Those interested in attending the networking breakfast should RSVP by the close of business on September 22 to [email protected] “As the region rapidly diversifies, this discussion will help Long Island leaders make decisions with inclusion in mind,†Lloyd said, adding that the panel would focus on “regional struggles such as inequality in high incomes and persistent racial gaps in health, employment and education. “


Favorable winds are blowing over Long Island, which is well positioned in the country’s booming offshore wind industry. Kenneth Bowes, vice president of siting and licensing at New England-based mega-utility Eversource Energy, believes in Long Island. Find out why here – and with Season 2 of Spark: The Innovate Long Island Podcast now in production, quickly catch up with all of the amazing conversations from Season 1!


Lifting of machines? Probably not … although artificial intelligence will control the national electricity grid, if Stony Brook University and several partner institutions are successful.

Feinstein first: Northwell Health’s research and development mecca is leading another national COVID vaccine study.

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This week, Innovate Long Island is proud to add another star to our megawatt Voices lineup – new food and beverage patron Nancy Pak, CEO of Tate’s Bake Shop, who brings a fresh take on lasting changes that COVID created for restaurateurs and food-focused supply chains.


Mortgage loan: You can’t just invest money in innovation and expect results. Axios invests.

Home field: Blockchain is rapidly changing the playground for fantasy sports. Forbes calls an audible.

The house of the brave: A resilient national economy requires classic American risk takers. The Boston Globe dives.


+ Altana AI, a New York-based global supply chain visibility platform, secured $ 15 million in Series A funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), with participation from Floating Point, Ridgeline Partners and existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners and Schematic Ventures.

+ Deep vision, a California tech company developing an AI processor and software development suite for advanced computing applications, has raised $ 35 million in Series B funding led by Tiger Global, with participation from Series A investors Exfinity Venture Partners, SiliconMotion and Western Digital.

+ Sophie’s kitchen, a Nevada-based plant-based food company, has raised $ 5.6 million in funding led by Billy Goat Brands.

+ Brunt work clothes, a Washington state-based clothing brand serving the construction, installation, maintenance and repair industries, raised $ 8.4 million in Series A funding led by TF Cornerstone, with the participation of Andrew Rosen and Ben Fischman.

+ Pets, a Nebraska-based pet care company, has raised $ 6 million in seed funding led by a subsidiary of McCarthy Capital, with participation from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Emil Capital Partners and Invest Nebraska.

+ EnerVenue, a California-based metal-hydrogen battery maker, has raised $ 100 million in Series A funding led by Schlumberger New Energy, with participation from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and others.

UNDER THE FOLD (From Sports Desk Edition)

Own: Why Mets fans are boo the wrong people.

Stand keeping: Eli and Peyton kill him on “Monday Night Football”.

Lots of good places still… in fact, no places are available: The Islanders have sold their very first UBS Arena home opening in a few minutes.

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