It’s Monday out there: A great start to the week, everybody. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” first hit the charts on this date in 1908, which was the last year the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. The song wasn’t performed at a baseball game until 1934.
Happy birthday John Durso and Kevin Dahill.
But first, this: A French friend of mine, Regis, likes to light his charcoal grill with an electric heat gun, boasting that his country’s nuclear-powered electricity is cleaner than stuffing crumpled copies of Le Monde in a chimney starter.
True, but as our newest Nobel laureate once noted, the times they are a changin’.
Though the French has long produced 75 percent of its power from nuclear reactors – they have 58 of them, second only to the United States – most were built decades ago and need increasing downtime for repairs. The government of President Francois Hollande has also promised to cut nuclear output by a third, making room on the grid for renewables like wind and solar.
And that’s not just political posturing for the Greens: The French face a European Union directive to generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2020.
Until wind and solar can make up for the drop in nuclear output, the French have been forced to fill in the gaps with fossil fuels, which are both cheap and abundant at the moment.
There’s a sad irony in that, given that France’s commitment to nuclear power has saved the world from billions of metric tons of carbon since the 1970s, and that its new and growing reliance on fossil fuels is happening just as the rest of Europe steps smartly away from them.
There’s also face to save here. The world’s pact on climate change, after all, is called the Paris Agreement.
A small silver lining: I’m getting Regis a chiminée d’allumage for Christmas.
The Debrief: Former KeySpan and National Grid honcho Bob Catell, new to the board of Stony Brook’s Applied DNA Sciences, explains how genetic marking and energy security have a lot more in common than you’d think.
Foreign ideas: You’ve heard of Area 51, now take a look at Zone 52. It’s in Islip and there’s room for your company.
ICYMI: Northwell Health cut the ribbon on its $46.5 million Imbert Cancer Center in Bay Shore, which brings medical oncology, radiation therapy, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, diagnostic imaging, clinical trials and support services together under one very nice roof.
Marginally related: Northwell boss Michael Dowling has been named grand marshal of next year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Name dropping: Ran into Seth Cannon at LISTnet’s LISA awards soiree last week. He’s discoursing on the common legal mistakes companies make, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m. at the Digital Ballpark, free but register.
Oh and: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.
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What if: You were running an uber-successful fashion company aimed at young women professionals and mothers and then your Dad ran for president?
Out there: The first exoplanet was discovered 21 years ago this month. Scientists now know of an additional 3,300. A primer here.
Forget your Fitbit: The dawn of emotional health tracking is upon us.
KickStarting: N2 is a neck-hugging air conditioning/heating unit that also doubles as a personal sound space. It claims to be able to drop your body temp by 40 percent.
Also: The Smithsonian raised $300K to restore its pair of ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, most from $50 donations.)
And: The Purple Pillow closed down its campaign, which raised $2.4 million on a goal of $25,000.
No Jack Reacher: The books that shaped Obama.
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Tesla video: A self-controlled model drives itself through local traffic, hits the highway for a stretch, then heads home and parallel parks, all to the Stones’ “Paint It Black.”
Related: Self-driving software will be installed in all Tesla cars going forward. They’ll turn it on for $8K.
Also: CEO Elon Musk tells regulators to try to catch up.
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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.