#693: Great gifts, smart lawyers, and fine wine, in a galaxy far, far away…

A little forced: Welcome Wednesday, nerf-herders, as we travel across the galaxy in search of technological breakthroughs and other incredible powers.

It’s May 25th on Earth, and you better believe there’s an energy field out there that surrounds us and permeates us and binds the galaxy together… it’s called the innovation.

Glass Elevator: Elevate your spirits today.

So you think you have a talented American Idol voice: Before we dive even deeper into today’s rather obvious theme, we agree with national singing daywhen all levels of voice talent are encouraged to let it fly.

May 25 is also national wine day. I hope this can help.

A New Hope: A group of guys started jotting down ideas in Philadelphia on this date in 1787, describing what would become the first draft of the Constitution of the United States.

Going at the speed of light: Austrian physicist Johann Doppler shared his thoughts on the wavelengths of light in space – some of what is now colloquially known as the doppler effect – with the Royal Bohemian Society of Sciences on May 25, 1842.

It’s not the moon: English science fiction writer, technical writer, futurist, inventor, underwater explorer and television host Arthur C. Clarke introduced the idea of use space satellites for global communications – at the time, a new thought – 77 years ago today.

Phantom Force: Although he was assassinated the moment it happened, Kennedy’s sheer willpower propelled the man to the moon.

The Rise of Skywalker: It was May 25, 1961, when President John F. Kennedy boldly announced his intention to land an american safely on the moon at the end of this decade.

Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo followed, Kennedy’s promise finally being fulfilled when the lunar module Eagle landed in 1969.

The Force will be with you, always: And it was on this date in 1977 that the original “Star Wars” blockbuster – no gory subtitles, no Roman numerals – open in US theaters.

An unprecedented masterpiece of creative and technical innovation, the culturally unparalleled franchise continues to innovate – or retread the old floordepending on your take – 45 years later.

An elegant weapon for a more civilized age: American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) – a transcendentalist master who influenced thought with powerful and compelling prose – would be 219 today.

World of Oz: The master puppeteer (right) and his most famous alter ego (besides Miss Piggy).

Also born on May 25, the Albanian writer Naim Frashëri (1846-1900), journalist and poet considered the pioneer of modern Albanian literature; American evangelist John Mott (1865-1955), a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and longtime YMCA leader; Russian-American aeronautical pioneer Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), who raised more than helicopters; American spymaster Robert Ludlum (1927-2001), who was Bourne to write this shit; and American actor, filmmaker and puppeteer Frank Oz (b. 1944) – the must-see voice of Jedi Master YodaIt is.

Damn laser beams: And bow down, Michael John Meyers! The Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and director – strangely specific when it comes to his misdeeds – turns 59 today.

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BUT FIRST, THIS

A million thanks (or five): Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Amy Loeb (left) thanks ER boosters Thomas and Mary Jane Poole.

Pool resources: A brilliant gift of $5 million from magnanimous regional philanthropists will greatly advance plans for expansion inside the Peconic Bay Medical Center Emergency department.

Thomas Poole and Mary Jane Poole, longtime supporters of PBMC, well-known boosters many health care and arts organizations on Long Island, have stepped up their support for the medical center’s planned 6,600 square foot ER expansion. Riverhead-based Northwell Health Hospital estimates the construction bill – which is expected to include a new twin-bay trauma unit, dedicated pediatric treatment area and additional cardiac response capabilities – at around $15 million.

Ultimately, the expansion will increase PBMC’s critical care capacity by more than 75% – and the Pooles’ ‘fundamental gift’ is a huge step towards making it happen, according to Amy Loeb, executive director of Peconic Bay Medical. Center. “As the needs of our communities grow, our facilities must keep pace,” Loeb said this week. “This expansion is critical to the quality of service we provide in our emergency department.”

Appropriate measures: Hofstra University challenges future lawyers from coast to coast to change the way legal disputes are resolved with better software.

The university based in Hempstead Maurice A. Deane School of Law is hosting its first National Legal Innovation Tournament, inviting all second- and third-year law students — and domestic LLM students, pursuing the equivalent of a master’s degree in law — to design apps that “help change the face of dispute settlement”. Proposals for teams of three to four students will be narrowed down to finalist teams, who will work with litigation experts, seasoned litigators, and Hofstra technologists to develop app prototypes, improve their real-world functionality, and improve usage protocols.

A $500 prize offered by the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Division awaits the winning team, to be determined in a one-day Virtual Innovation Tournament scheduled for October 7. Registration underway for students and professional legal experts interested in participating; More information available here.

POD PEOPLE

Episode 5: Produced and directed by Debra Markowitz.

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TOP OF THE SITE

Opening, curtains, light fixtures: The show goes on, that’s it – Nassau’s only professional theater company has taken to the state-of-the-art stage in its new Elmont home.

All things being unequal: A new ERASE Racism report calculates the dire shortages of student resources available in majority-minority school districts on Long Island.

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VOICE

Even in a world overrun with better digital options, Voices media presenter/Executive VP of ZE Creative Communications/music lover David Chauvin pauses for a moment of silence (and reflection) as Apple unplug his iconic iPod.

WHAT WE READ

True eel: Two hundred years later, electric eels are still inspiring new battery technologies. The conversation plugs in.

Private concerns: Elon Musk’s Twitter saga makes the case for a ‘public internet’. The edge connects.

Pressure cooker: As “emotional labor” intensifies, effective leadership takes on new forms. Forbes share all the feelings.

RECENT FUNDING

+ Polygona California-based learning differences expert who provides remote assessments and support for students with dyslexia and ADHD, has raised $3.6 million in seed funding led by Spark Capital.

+ Cayaba treatmenta Pennsylvania-based maternal health startup, closed a $12 million Series A funding round led by Seae Ventures and Kapor Capital, with participation from new investors Wellington Partners, Citi Impact Fund and Rhia Ventures.

+ Bio Inceptora North Carolina-based biotechnology company specializing in cell therapies, raised $37 million in Series A funding led by Kineticos Ventures.

+ Therapeutic Remixa Massachusetts-based biotech developing small molecule therapies to reprogram RNA processing, raised $70M in Series B funding led by Surveyor, Foresite Capital, Atlas Venture, The Column Group, Arch Venture Partners, Alexandria Venture Investments and Casdin Capital.

+ Electric Infinitythe Texas-based creator of a sustainable air engine, raised $80 million in Series D funding led by Riverstone Holdings, with participation from Alliance Resource Partners, Caterpillar Venture Capital and Applied Ventures, among others.

+ Nikola Laboratoriesan Ohio-based reliability solutions provider focused on eliminating unplanned downtime for global manufacturers, raised $20M in Series A funding led by G2 Venture Partners and Triangle Peak Partners.

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BELOW THE FOLD (Plan Your Summer Vacation Now Edition)

Fit for Queens: Rockaway Beach makes the 2022 summer vacation cut.

Without fear : Travel experts predict a big Back summer 2022.

Unplugged: Is without technology the future of hospitality?

Unpacked: Stay ? Montauk (and Rockaway Beach) cracked a list of the best trips to the United States.

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