No. 239: Clean meat, SR-71s, Uber suits and a DIY self-driving car

Happy Birthday, Claudia Schiffer.

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. It’s Aug. 25, on which the British burned down Washington but spared the U.S. Patent Office. (If you still hold a grudge, calling football “soccer” drives them freaking crazy. Just sayin’.)

Happy birthday: Ivan the Terrible, Steve Levy, Amy De Leo, Tim Burton, Sean Connery, Ruby Keeler, Allan Pinkerton, Walt “Pogo” Kelly, Mel Ferrer, Leonard Bernstein, Monty Hall, Regis Philbin, Frederick Forsyth, Rollie Fingers, Elvis Costello, Billy Ray Cyrus and Claudia Schiffer.

Coverage outage: Northwell Health has decided to exit the state’s insurance marketplace, citing federal shortcomings that make the plan “financially unsustainable.” Shutting down the system’s CareConnect arm affects 125,000 Long Islanders.

Pretty much not related: Northwell boss Michael Dowling was named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People list. That’s 11 years straight.

The Debrief: Dane Stangler, the first to occupy Long Island University-Post’s Vorzimer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, will help drive the school’s new innovation center. From the looks of his CV, he’s up to it.

High wire act: Gov. Andrew Cuomo opened the first lane of the new suspension bridge named for his father with a ribbon cutting that also tested tolerances by loading 800 elected officials mid-span. (All safe.)

Looks good from here: The Suffolk IDA has given preliminary approval to a deal that would help Grace Industries establish a $17 million national corporate office in Melville.

Hate when that happens: Global sales of its BoneScalpel and other ultrasonic devices are rising, but Farmingdale manufacturer Misonix still reported a net loss for FY2017.

I Heart the PGA: The state is running a pop-up Taste NY Marketplace at the Northern Trust pro golf tourney at Glen Oaks Club, running through Sunday. They expect 200,000 fans to sample NY-only food and beverage.

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Mmmm: “Clean” meat startup Memphis Meats completed a $17 million Series A round led by Bill Gates and Richard Branson. Memphis has yet to commercialize a product but has produced beef, chicken and duck flesh by feeding oxygen, sugar and other nutrients to living animal cells in tanks.

It apparently suits them: Uber has been sued 433 times this year. So far. Here’s the latest.

RIP: Peter Barbey, owner of the Village Voice, told staff this week that the storied but turbulent NYC alt-weekly would cease print operations.

It’s a mystery: A dizzying number of microbes call the human body home, and science knows very little about almost all of them, according to an accidental Stanford study.

For diehard aircraft enthusiasts: A documentary on the titanium-skinned SR-71 spy plane, which flew at 2,200 mph at an altitude of 85,000 feet and could photograph 100,000 miles of the Earth’s surface in an hour. And that was 1960s technology.

Express line: Walmart starts selling online through Google Express next month with hopes of competing with Amazon. Google said it would scrap the $95 annual membership fee for Express and offer free delivery for orders over a certain amount.

Also: Thanks to the Amazon merger, Whole Foods’ shoppers will soon see lower prices on “best-selling grocery staples” including bananas, avocados, eggs and organic responsibly farmed salmon and tillapia. (Darn. Didn’t see lobster on the list.)

For the DIY crowd: George Hotz, a 27-year-old Carnegie Mellon dropout and founder of Bay Area startup Comma.ai, wants you to hack your car and make it self-driving all by yourself. (We sense lawsuits coming.)

We’ll have what she’s having: An entertaining NYT review of Alice Waters’ new memoir, “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,” kicks off with the high priestess of organic eating high on LSD, floating “near the ceiling, ignoring the molecules moving in the wood grain of the floorboards.” Keep reading here.

Overdue: Innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations, Morgan Freeman, 80, known for playing gods, presidents and pimps, will be honored with the 2017 lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild at its annual ceremony in January. (Two words: “Shawshank Redemption.”)

And: Our pal Donna Martini has produced an inspirational music video.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.