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No. 207: Molecular Orbitals, Scooby Doo and why small business doesn’t like full employment

TG it’s F: A great Friday, everybody. If you’re an observant Christian, enjoy your collations. Howard Taft became the first president to throw out an Opening Day baseball on this date in 1910. Chief execs tossed the ball from their seats until 1984, when Ronald Reagan took to the mound. Bill Clinton was the first president who managed to get a throw all the way to the catcher on the fly. Yikes: Brat Packer Anthony Michael…


No. 206: Huggable robots, a craft beer census and Katy Cole e-discovers herself

Happy Tuesday: You know the traditional Passover plagues – frogs, pestilence, boils, locusts, etc. – but are there modern ones worth adding to the Seder table, asks the NYT. Yes, readers responded, suggesting Alzheimers, opioid addiction and texting while driving. Oh, and let’s not forget the Kardashians. Quickly: You get a lot of nicknames when you’re born with a last name like Kominicki. Commie and Komo, obviously, but also Nick, Nickel and Nickly. In the early ’70s…


No. 205: Farrell Fritz on the move, kudos for Canon and lusting after your digital assistant

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, gentle readers, and hope you’ve been keeping your powder dry. It’s National Beer Day, which celebrates the passage of 1933’s Cullen-Harrison Act permitting the sale of 3.2% alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. As FDR quipped upon signing the measure: “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” Happy birthday Peter Curry and Clark Gillies. RIP, Don “Mr. Warmth” Rickles. Good luck with all that: Innovate supporter Farrell Fritz starts…


No. 204: $40K Hofstra challenge, Mojo Workin’ and a border wall deadline

Happy Tuesday, everybody: And welcome new readers, including Vinny, Barry, Andrew, Brian, Gavin and Jim. Happy Birthday Debra Halpert and Steve Davies. Also born on this day: Muddy Waters, who took southern bottleneck blues guitar to Chicago, electrified it and went on to inspire everyone from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter. Rolling Stone magazine, which, like Richards’ band, took its name from a Waters tune, has billed him as the seventeenth greatest…


No. 203: The future of hemp, spinal implants and thank you, Edwin Binney

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody. It’s National Crayon Day, which honors the achievement of Edwin Binney of Crayola fame. He also invented dustless blackboard chalk and black automobile tires, which before 1910 were white. On the runway: Secretive Luminati Aerospace, which may (or not) be building a solar-powered composite air wing thingee for Google or Facebook, has agreed to buy the former Grumman test facility at Calverton for $40 million. (Meaning somebody somewhere…


No. 202: Top VCs, a secret space plane and technology goes palooza in Westbury

Eadwela Tiwesdaeg: As they used to say in Old English. It’s March 28, on which NYC banker George McCarthy unveiled the Checkograph machine, which used microfilm to record bank transactions. (He later sold out to Kodak.) Eric Carmen did not go all the way: The Raspberries broke up on this day in 1974. Happy birthday Marlene McDonnell and Gwen O’Shea. Welcome new readers Kevin, Denine, Scola, Kate, Kathryn, Gina, Maryann, Teresa, Carla, Tiffany, Jonathan, Lou, Donna, Douglas, Christine,…


No. 201: Saving Shea, eschewing beef and offshore wind makes waves

TG it’s Friday: Happy March 24 everybody, on which Elvis became Pvt. 53310761, Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Exxon Valdez ran aground. “Dark Side” remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 927 weeks. That’s almost eight years. Second longest Billboard 200 album: Johnny Mathis’ greatest hits, at 490 weeks. Number of times Pink Floyd and Johnny Mathis have been mentioned in the same newsletter: This would be it. But first…


No. 200: A med-tech summit, floating turbines and the microwave turns 50 (but careful, it’s listening)

It’s Tuesday out there: Hope your week is off to a great start. It’s March 21, the first day after the equinox, meaning today’s day will be longer than yesterday’s night. Which is nice. Welcome new readers Paul, two Lauras, Linda, Jonathan, Clifford and Gil. If you’re up early enough, we’re gathering at Crest Hollow for the Innovator of the Year awards breakfast. Record crowd, plus science jokes and sticky buns. Come if you can. (But…


No. 199: Top chefs, wicked fast Internet and Allan Cohen is staying put

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody and enjoy the weekend. After celebrating Pi, the Ides and St. Patrick in the same week, you deserve a break. Pop quiz: Which U.S. city has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry? (Answer below. No skipping ahead.) Last chance: The Innovator of the Year awards, Tuesday, March 21, Crest Hollow Country Club, 250 smart people, 40 or so cool companies, awesome sponsors and Mike Faltischek leads a tribute to…


No. 198: Pi Day, a med pot RIP and Date Night in a box

TGIT: A great Tuesday, everybody and hope you’re working from home. Or, better yet, at home and not working. It will allow time to make French toast with all the bread, eggs and milk. Happy Pi Day, 3-14, which doubles as Einstein’s birthday. Welcome new readers Hiran, Kathy, Eli and Reginald. Glad to have you aboard. Don’t forget to send tips, news, story ideas, calendar items, releases, promotions, job openings, birthdays, congratulations, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. Philadelphia inventor…


No. 197: Pink boots, boot camp and a boost for bioelectronics

TGIF: A happy Friday, everybody, especially those who managed to take a snow day. Lest you forget: The worst late-snow year on record was 1996, which saw 16 inches fall in April. Welcome new sponsor EisnerAmper. Thanks for your support! Happy birthday Ed Mirabella. We miss you Bob Greene. Don’t forget: The Innovator of the Year awards are March 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and covering everything from wave energy to custom-fit lingerie. (And not necessarily…


No. 196: Katy Cole, Herman Berliner, Ray Farrell and a halt on H-1Bs

TGIT: A great Tuesday everybody and welcome new readers John, Christina, Mark, Tom, Jody and 47 spambots from the first serious attack on our mail system. If you don’t receive this, they’re why. There are 11 seats left for the March 21 Innovator of the Year awards. (Unless we add tables, which we’re perfectly willing to do. Get yours here.) Is your startup struggling? It’s National Free Pancakes at IHOP Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your…


No. 195: Tilapia burn cure, jackfruit chocolate and 18 defining moments in craft beer history

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody. In honor of National Employee Appreciation Day, here are 101 Ways to Reward Workers Without Giving Them Cash. Because Cash Doesn’t Always Work. (We like No. 51.) Jersey resident Grover Schaible received a patent for the plastic injection-molded toy ray gun – sold as the Pyrotomic Disintegrator – on this day in 1953. (An original copper-toned model sold for $660 recently on eBay.) Happy birthday: Flo Federman. Yesterday:…


No. 194: Recent fundings, a Northwell gig and killer space BBs

It’s Tuesday out there: A happy end to February everybody, and welcome new readers Thomas, the two Roberts, Michele, Kenneth, Katie, Anthony, Glenn and Bruce. Top of the site: Stony Brook’s Applied DNA Sciences is offering its molecular marking skills to help track cotton produced using forced labor. Like the stuff coming out of Uzbekistan. And Turkmenistan. And India, China, Egypt … you get the idea. And: Northwell Health has forged an alliance with NYC’s Force Therapeutics with the goal of…


No. 193: Megna bats cleanup, Schein shines and it’s a looong way to that dwarf red sun

TG it’s Friday: A happy end to the week, everybody, and hope you’ve been applying the sun screen. It’s Feb. 24, on which, in 1983, the Dow closed above 1,100 for the first time. Don’t forget: The Innovator of the Year awards are March 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and covering everything from wave energy to custom-fit lingerie. But first, this: Robert Megna, Stony Brook University’s senior vice president for finance, has been named president of the real…