No. 122: Uber movies, living forever and a self-playing bass guitar

TG it’s F: Happy Friday everybody. It’s the 46th running of Earth Day, the largest secular observation on the planet. The Yankees added pinstripes to their uniforms on this day in 1915. Frampton’s 66, Nicholson’s 79 and you don’t even want to ask about Bettie Page.

Bathroom’s down the hall: Home-sharing service Airbnb announced it has nearly 1,400 hosts on Long Island, with rooms averaging $254 per night and a typical stay of 3.6 nights. Water Mill hosts averaged the highest rate, hauling in $900 per night.

By comparison: Buffalo homeowners managed $157. (That’s why they need the billion.)

We are the innovators: Stony Brook University has launched a new branding effort called Far Beyond. Lots of faces, but pretty sure Ruchi Shah is in there somewhere.

Noted: Northwell Health’s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV Care received a five-year, $2 million grant from the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to be used for HIV prevention with PrEP.

Also: The health system ranked fourth again on the DiversityInc Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems list.

Gee wheeze: Suffolk County has the worst air in New York, according to an American Lung Association report out this week. (Hey, at least they reported. 36 counties, including Nassau, either didn’t bother, can’t measure or sent incomplete data.)

Eco-dev contest: In which we asked you to come up with an inspiring title for our local economic development efforts to keep pace with Southern Tier Soaring and Central New York Rising. Just in: Building A Bigger, Better Long Island for the Next Generation. (To be known as BABBLING.)


Getting intimate: Sea Cliff sisters Noelle and Kali Ventresca make custom-designed, one-off, hand-sewn lingerie. They’re beginning to understand that could be tough to scale.

SEQRA at 40: Land use expert Michael Sahn proposes an overhaul of the state’s clunky environmental review process before we tackle the big Cuomo infrastructure projects.

Round Deux: $6 million from the state’s $40 million microgrid competition is now officially up for grabs.

Gang of four: The Feinstein Institute has joined the LI Bioscience Hub, via which Stony Brook, BNL and CSHL have been funding early-stage ideas and generally playing nice together.

Off the charts: The Rauch Foundation is seeking a few good people to take over the Long Island Index, its 14-year-old effort to move the needle via data. It will pay relocation expenses.

Having their cake: Moustache Brewing turns 2 at the end of the month. But it looks like the party’s already started.

Experience preferred: What do you call an in-house mentor who’s never started a company? Executive-in-residence. Cold Spring Harbor Lab’s Andrew Whiteley is now one.

CPXi Challenge: A bionic hand and a digital take on the time-honored staring contest were the big winners in Hofstra’s annual pitch contest, which offers some of the richest prizes in collegiate startupdom. (Sign of a great competition? The quality of the also rans.)

Live at the Javits: Jasmine Universe, the energy-saving startup launched by Mohan Wanchoo and Bruce Germano, introduced itself at this week’s Advanced Energy conference in NYC. They’re ready to turn up the heat.

Need work? Farmingdale State College’s annual job fair is April 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roosevelt Hall, 98 firms presenting, up big over last year’s show. The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

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Might make it: Ray Kurzweil, Google’s chief futurist, thinks we’ll start living forever around 2045.

Pedaling shares: Organic Transit just scored $2.5 million in funding for ELF, its three-wheeled, solar-assisted bike-car thingee. (They start at $5,995.)

Uber for Hollywood: Two Uber-related movies are in the works, including one starring Will Farrell.

Stopping the bleeds: Too early to call it a breakthrough, they admit, but California biologists have discovered a gene therapy that appears to combat hemophilia A, a first. Plenty of caveats, but still.

Too damn higher: NYC residents can expect to pay 65 percent of their income on rent this year, according to a just-out study from StreetEasy.

Remember Freedom Fries? A tanker of U.S. crude oil arrived in Europe this week, the first export since the 1970s Arab oil embargo led to a congressional ban, recently lifted. Lawmakers hope the oil, dubbed “Liquid American Freedom,” will help European allies reduce their dependence on Russian crude.

Interestingly: U.S. refineries have started to increase imports of Russia’s heavy Ural blend.

Cloudy future: The installed cost of solar power will have to drop to 25 cents per watt if the boom is to continue, some experts say, down from about $3 today.

Related: Long Island has run through its allotted $40 million in solar subsidies, Mark Harrington reports. (Requires Newsday or Optimum subscription.)

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The real history of Eggs Benedict: Not the traitor, not the pope and maybe not even the guy with the hangover.

Can’t find a bass player for your garage band? Four U of Colorado engineering students have invented a programmable, self-playing device using a combination of actuators, microchips, logic circuits, sensors and 3D-printed parts. All in at $401.35, not counting the guitar. (Intro to Smoke on the Water was pretty impressive.)

Bah Humboldt: The country’s first cannabis-infused vodka – no, wait, the first legal cannabis-infused vodka – actually tastes like gin. (But think of all the fiber.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.