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No. 230: Jeff Meyer, Kathy Ross and Snooty, plus Hicksville’s Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine shine

TG it’s W: A happy midweek everybody, and welcome new readers Howard, Sophia, Josh, James, Genevieve, Johanna, Bob, Rorrie, Nancy, Ellen, John, Dan and Kevin. Passed: Satoshi Ozaki, who cemented key international collaborations in high-energy and nuclear physics and helped design and build accelerators for scientific research on two continents – including two at Brookhaven National Laboratory – died Saturday. He was 88. Somewhat less accomplished, but still loved: Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, died Sunday, days after his 69th birthday,…


No. 229: Cybersecurity, doggone history and several fairly interesting things going on with bugs

Halfway home: A happy Wednesday, everybody, and how about a heartfelt Innovate welcome to new readers Holly, Mica, Jose, Gary, Amy, Briley and Anna. Great to have you aboard, kids. It’s July 19, on which musicians Alan Gorrie, Bernie Leadon, Brian May and Alan Collins were born. Can you name their bands? Answers after the news. Extra credit: George Frayne. Top o’ the Innovate LI site: Re-Nuble Inc., the Tinia Pina startup that turns food waste into fresh produce,…


No. 228: Sleep at your desk, promising T-Cell therapy and Elvis has left the brewery

Happy Friday: Freed slave and entrepreneur Sarah Goode became the first African American woman to receive a patent on this day, in 1885. Her invention combined a fully functioning roll-top desk with a full-length bed. (Assembled by her husband, Archibald, a carpenter and self-described “stair builder.”) MP3 code formatting was formally christened on this date in 1995, giving sound engineers compression rates of 90 percent and up. Previously, the average home computer didn’t have enough storage for the music…


No. 227: Gail Simmons, Jim Simons and we somehow missed the most expensive housing list

It’s Wednesday: A happy midweek, everybody, and welcome new readers Tutty, Alice, Serge, Pete and Lillian. Jolly Green Giant Great Big Tender Peas were trademarked on this day in 1927. Zeppo Marx – the unfunny one – received a patent for a cardiac pulse rate monitor. Reading? Check: Long Island billionaire Jim Simons and his wife Marilyn have donated $25 million to the New York Public Library, one of the institution’s largest-ever gifts. The money…


No. 226: Blockchains, startup stuff and Steve Israel shoots from the hip

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. Hope your week has been short and sweet. Or at least short. Give a big Innovate welcome to new readers Cindy, Michelle, Nichob and Colonel Blake. Happy to have you all aboard. Sir. Today is July 7, on which Oregon businessman Henry Phillips received a patent for his eponymous screw and driver. Now popular as an at-home tool, the “Phillips head” was designed to revolutionize mass production by slicing…


No. 225: Merger mumbles, cyberbucks for SBU and Rob Spence, eyeborg

TG it’s F: Wham-O cofounder Arthur “Spud” Melin was awarded a patent for the Hula-Hoop on this day in 1963, long after the craze had peaked, leaving Wham-O with millions of unsold plastic hoops and a $10,000 loss. The firm did better with the Frisbee, Super Ball and Silly String. Melin and partner Richard Knerr sold out for $12 million in 1982. Attention Al Gore: Vinton Cerf, who actually did invent the Internet, is 74 today….


No. 224: Immune system secrets, Empire steel and save us, Scott Rechler

How’s it going so far? The sun was directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 00:24 Wednesday morning, signaling summer’s start. Environment New York would like to take this opportunity to warn you that local temperatures are 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1970s and could be nine degrees higher than now by the century’s end if we don’t stop with the coal already and get back with the Paris thing. So please tan responsibly….


No. 223: Luminati grounded, Port CEO search a bust and Farmingdale has the meats

Happy Friday: It’s National Flip-flops Day, on which we honor the rubber version of the traditional Japanese zori sandals lugged home by American GIs after World War II. The Hiroshima Rubber Co. began exporting the popsicle-colored footwear to the United States in 1950. The sandal’s name comes from the sound flip-flops make when walked in. That makes it an onomatopoeia. 101 more of them here, including several that helped make the late, great Adam West…


No. 222: BlackBerry rising, a year’s worth of coat and Delivery Hero serves up a jumbo IPO

TG it’s Friday, friends: It’s June 9, on which Donald Duck and Johnny Depp debuted and Secretariat made it three. Enjoy the weekend’s pop up thunderstorms. Happy birthday Rich Kruse. Mike Kessler, the Port Jefferson private investigator who uncovered the $400 million Agape World investment rip-off, has died. Cancer. He was 65. You could mark World Environmental Day on Saturday by enjoying a few tall cans of Drink the Bay Clean India Pale Lager. Details…


No. 221: Gray matters, big bucks for bio and digitizing your Play Doh

A good Tuesday to you: It’s June 6, on which Allied forces launched the invasion of France in 1944, a risky, weather-plagued assault on Normandy during which almost 4,500 Allied troops were killed. If you have a spare 178 minutes: “The Longest Day,” the 1962 film adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s seminal D-Day book, stars everyone from Eddie Albert to Dominique Zardi. It remained the most expensive B&W film ever made until 1993’s “Schindler’s List.” Welcome new readers Neal,…


No. 220: Burgers, dunkers, Watts and the future of self-charging drones

Viva le weekend: It’s Friday, June 2, National Doughnut Day, founded to honor Salvation Army volunteers who handed out coffee and crullers to World War I troops. Free fried dough for all at Dunkin, Krispy and others. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is, gulp, 76. Fossil fool: President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord met with swift rebuke from local environmentalists, while Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and others said NY would soldier on. Launch partner: If you’re a rush-to-market…


No. 219: Mark Cuban, Casper the friendly mattress and guess what’s selling better than Viagra

TGIF: Welcome to the Friday edition and hope it’s capping an awesome week. The Innovate staff is celebrating the long Memorial Day weekend, so no Tuesday newsletter. Please do take a moment to thank the 1.8 million Americans who have died in uniformed service to our country. Today’s birthday troika: Peggy Lee, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz. 30 Rock rocks: The Feinstein Institute celebrated the remarkable achievements of its women scientists with lunch at the Rainbow…


No. 218: Kaushansky rising, moguls go tech and getting to know your sodium

It’s Tuesday again: Hope your week is going swimmingly. Give a hearty Innovate welcome to new readers Jennifer, Jenifer, Clarkie, Nora and PR. Glad to have you aboard, folks. Don’t forget to send news, tips, press releases, promotions, birthdays, carps, criticisms and corrections to john.kominicki@innovateli.com. Kansas City-based Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated on this day in 1922. It declared bankruptcy a year later, and the firm’s 20-year-old founder was forced to sell the studio’s only camera…


No. 217: DiNapoli faceoff, a final flight and Dottie Herman’s doing just fine

TG it’s Friday: Been a week, no? Today’s May 19, on which the Star Trek production team settled on the character name James T. Kirk, after rejecting 15 others, including Hannibal, Timber, Flagg and Raintree. Jack Lord was originally offered the role, but demanded 50 percent ownership of the project. He later made a fortune with the line, “Book him, Danno. Murder One.” WHAT’S NEWS Best brews: Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and the Roscoe NY Beer Co. tied…


No. 216: Top craft brews, Buffalo bots and you can’t imagine what you coulda made with Amazon

It’s May 16: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers including Nora, Raul and Zak. Happy to have you all aboard. Nikola Tesla filed a patent on this day in 1900 covering “The art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural mediums.” Spaghetti-Os made their debut in 1965. But first, this: Thirty-nine-year-old Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the president of France on Sunday, becoming the youngest leader in the country’s “modern” history, which dates back to…