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No. 189: Smart bottles, flights of fancy and a Snap gender gap

TG it’s T: Happy Tuesday, everybody, and welcome new readers Michael, Walter, Jaszver, Elaine and whoever that is at Idea.com. Glad to have you aboard. It’s Feb. 7, on which the EU was formed, Spader and Dickens were born and Mississippi completed ratifying the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery. That was, sadly, in 2013. Don’t forget to send us tips, news, story ideas, calendar items, releases, promotions, job openings, birthdays, congratulations, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. But first,…


No. 188: Dowling sound bites, a Feinstein first and what really makes a woman go ape

TG it’s Friday: A great end of the week, everybody. The 16th Amendment was ratified on this day in 1913, giving the federal government the right to collect income taxes without having to share them with the states. It hit about 1 percent of Americans. Yikes: There were 56 brackets by 1918. Also, it’s the day the music died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P Big Bopper Richardson were killed in a plane crash on Feb. 3,…


No. 187: Big digs, Tom Brady and you won’t believe what the Navy is doing with hagfish slime

TG it’s F: A great end to the week, everybody. It’s Jan. 27, on which Edison received the patent, his 30th, for the electric lamp. Mozart would be 261 today. He composed more than 600 works during the 35 years he lived. Alan Cumming, who has also done pretty well, is 52. But first, this: The government is out looking for “shovel-ready” projects for the giant national infrastructure program the Trump administration says will make the nation…


No. 186: Ross in China, Schein in Brazil and Shoureshi gets a better parking space

It’s Tuesday: Hope your week is going swimmingly – and not just because of all the rain. Welcome new readers Edward, Cheryl, Francesco, Kali, Rachel, Jake and Jhlqft, plus Nunar, Vincent, Sean, Alicia and Itozxw. Happy to have you aboard. Jackie Robinson signed the biggest-ever Dodger contract on this day in 1950. (Well, biggest then. A whopping $35,000.) This week: President Eisenhower said goodbye, with a warning about that “military-industrial complex” thing. Don’t pass this up: The Long…


No. 185: Browne and Keely up, Start-Up down and a meat and 2 veg inaugural

TG it’s F: Happy Jan. 20, the date on which we’ve sworn in the new president since 1937, unless it was a Sunday, as in 2013, in which case the festivities were moved to Monday. Despite its wintery date, only two have been moved inside: William Howard Taft’s 1909 ceremony (blizzard) and Ronald Reagan’s 1985 fete, when wind chills hit -25 degrees. Fun fact: Average temperatures have generally been 7 degrees warmer for Republican president-elects….


No. 184: Gwen O’Shea, Joan Bucchino and what to name Ford’s soy car

TG it’s F: It’s Jan. 13, on which Henry Ford applied for a patent for plastic car parts, actually made from soybeans, which reduced the weight of a 1942 beta model by 1,000 pounds. Interest in the project waned when World War II steel rationing ended and the recipe has since been lost and the single test model destroyed. Tofu, Brute: Send us your funnest ideas on what a soybean-built car should have been named and…


No. 183: Golub, Waldman, Kaufman, Scaduto and a redux for the VW bus

Happy Tuesday: Which we’ve decided is a much better day than Monday for a newsletter, given the slow pace of news, especially over winter weekends. (OK, that and the playoffs. And Sunday roasts. Fires. Naps. You get the idea.) It’s Jan. 10, on which Swiss chemist Jacques Brandenberger received a 1911 patent for a waterproof film made from plant material. The inventor combined “cellulose” with “diaphanous” to get the product name cellophane. (Saran Wrap didn’t come…


No. 182: Scary optimism, a flu breakthrough and the red wine-no shrinkage diet

TG it’s F: A great end to the week everyone and welcome new readers Les, Gus, Blake, Gianni and Kelly. It’s Jan. 6, on which “Home of the Whopper” was trademarked in 1965. It’s also National Bean Day. Please celebrate responsibly. Just in: In a potentially huge breakthrough in the struggle against seasonal influenza mutations, Farmingdale-based Codagenix Inc. is preparing to release data demonstrating “multi-season efficacy” for its frontline flu vaccine – meaning the vaccine could prevent flu-related sicknesses even…


No. 181: Hot wearables, top stories and real news about fake news

TG it’s OVER: A happy end to the year, everybody, and welcome new readers including Jason, Gil and Stefanie. It’s Dec. 30, on which the USSR was formed, Hubble spotted another galaxy and England stopped using canaries in coal mines. (The canaries ended in 1986. Interestingly, most came back around when exposed to fresh air.) It’s National Bacon Day. Those who do not partake of the pork product may celebrate by watching “Footloose.” The Innovate staff…


No. 180: Fake snow, real Nutella and setting the tone for 2017

Happy Festivus: Today’s also Hanukkah eve and the day before the day before Christmas. However you’re celebrating, here’s wishing the magic and joy of the holiday season reaches far into your new year. The Innovate staff is taking time off to be with family and friends, so no newsletter on Monday. (Which, if you need more celebrating, is the start of the 50th Kwanzaa.) Wrapping up the year: Feinstein Institute researchers have put a bow on an impressive 2016 with…


No. 179: Reed Phillips, Apollo’s end and Faulkner’s toddy curative

A great start to the holiday week, everybody, and how did we ever manage before Amazon Prime? (Or at least a Dudley.) Welcome new readers Cliff, Amanda and Roger. The final Apollo mission returned to Earth on this day in 1972, setting up one of the great bar trivia questions of all time: How many Americans landed on the moon? Answer below. But first, this: We’ve been sifting through the fine print of Long Island’s $62…


No. 178: More jobs, quantum weirdness and Bowie makes the charts

TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody, and if you’re looking for a warm thought to combat this polar vortex business, remember this: The days start getting longer in less than a week. 5:44 a.m. on Thursday, to be exact. In the interim, may we suggest an Old Fashioned? In the 1800s, it was America’s favorite morning drink. (Because it’s always 5 a.m. somewhere.) Jobs: The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased…


No. 177: $1 billion for clean gen, $650 million for bio and a nickel for the LIE

It’s Tuesday: The next-best day to publish a Monday newsletter. It’s also the National Day of the Horse, on which Congress asks us to reflect on the important contributions of equus caballos. Two great celebratory movies to consider, depending on your taste in leading men, Mickey Rooney or Viggo Mortensen. If you’re dining out French, it’s probably best to skip the steak à cheval. But first, this: Washington and Albany are butting heads over the LIE’s new Long Island Welcome Center, at which the state…


No. 176: Winnie Mack, Dave Kapell and what to sing to in the shower

But first, this: A new Gallup report looks at American productivity as measured by per capita GDP and suggests the country has posted pathetically low growth since long before the Great Recession. Since 1980, actually. The big culprits, according to Gallup, are health care, housing and education costs, which have been rising steadily – now 36 percent of total national spending – but without providing any of the game-changing innovations that might spur added economic growth….


No. 175: State of Startups, Dr. Leonardo and woolly mammoths in a post-truth world

Rainy day and Monday: Yes, but count your blessings. Hawaii’s Big Island got 30 inches of snow and an ice advisory over the weekend. Welcome new readers Jon, Sergy, Edna and W.T. Happy to have you aboard. Collectively, don’t forget to send story ideas, news tips, calendar and people items, carps, comments and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. It’s Dec. 5, on which Aaron Allen patented the folding theater chair in 1854. The first practical pipe wrench –…