No. 228: Sleep at your desk, promising T-Cell therapy and Elvis has left the brewery

Happy Friday: Freed slave and entrepreneur Sarah Goode became the first African American woman to receive a patent on this day, in 1885. Her invention combined a fully functioning roll-top desk with a full-length bed. (Assembled by her husband, Archibald, a carpenter and self-described “stair builder.”)

MP3 code formatting was formally christened on this date in 1995, giving sound engineers compression rates of 90 percent and up. Previously, the average home computer didn’t have enough storage for the music from even one album.

(For our young readers, an “album” used to be a collection of songs released on vinyl discs and available only in things called “stores.” I have many. Call me if you’re interested. Especially if you’re into Foreigner.)

Opposite ends of the same birthday: Gustav Klimt and Jerry Rubin.

An odd thing July is known for: The month in which a president is most likely to die. (Followed by June. But none in May. So far.)

But coming but first, this: Long Islanders have never been especially good at thinking and acting as a region. You know that. We are, famously, two counties, 13 towns, two cities and almost 100 villages spread over 1,400 square miles, a B market stuffed with Type A personalities.

The Island’s sprawling geography and conflicting interests – agriculture versus the commute, single-family homes vs apartments, open space or job creation – have guaranteed discord, and with it, very often, inaction.

For the last decade, that division has been most obvious in the third track, the Long Island Rail Road plan to add additional rails between the Queens border and Hicksville, speeding service, eliminating dangerous crossings and opening the way for reverse commuting by NYC residents.

(Check the local unemployment rate. We need them.)

Towns along the rails, especially Floral Park and New Hyde Park, venomously opposed the proposal, and their various state senators and assembly members got in line. Dead on arrival, they said of Gov. Cuomo’s plan to get the project moving, ain’t happening.

But, magically, it has. Rising public support, the unflinching backing of the business community and, we’ll wager, some old-fashioned backroom dog wagging, carried the day. Local municipal officials dropped their opposition at the eleventh hour, allowing Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to move the proposal forward on Tuesday. Work could commence later this year.

Regional. Has a bit of a ring to it, no?

Just one word? Plastics: Applied DNA has inked a deal to protect the polyethylene terephthalate supply chain of big-time textile manufacturer GHCL Ltd.

Full ripper: Six Australian health experts have been benchmarking with folks at Northwell Health in what the hospital chain calls an “innovative strategic alliance agreement.”

Don’t forget: The Long Island Capital Alliance is looking for presenters for its next healthcare pitch-athon, set for Sept. 27.

ICYMI: The Feinstein Institute got $1 million to study how bioelectronics can be used to treat diabetesTiny Houses are the next big thing; and entrepreneur Michael Chalavoutis has reformulated his brain-boosting energy drink Alpha Wolf.

Where to go, now: If you missed Monday’s calendar, click here.

Oh and: Girls Inc.’s annual Butterfly Awards honor four incredible Long Islanders, including Hofstra’s Gail Simmons, not until Nov. 2, but get it in your book now.

Give health a chance: Northwell community health guru Ram Raju headlines the latest Health Story podcast. (With an intro that could only be by David North.)

A few words from our sponsor: Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt is Long Island’s premier patent and IP law firm, with rich experience in biotechnology, chemistry, electrical, computer software, mechanical, optical, physics and more.


The Billion wasn’t enough: Gov. Cuomo announced a $10 million effort to boost home ownership, prevent foreclosure and fund zombie property prevention in Buffalo.

Said to be worth the wait: Nike is poised to release the revolutionary FE/NOM Flyknit bra.

He just keeps going and going and going: After besting dozens of competitors to win a contract to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery Elon Musk has 100 days to complete the project that would serve as emergency back-up power for South Australia – or it’s free.

Idle thought: Get Musk to take on the Penn Station situation, same terms.

As it once was: Why NYC will be the capital of real estate technology.

It’s time: All eyes on the FDA as it considers Novartis AG’s T-cell therapy for acute lymphobalstic leukemia, which affects 6,000 people a year in the United States, 60 percent of them children and young adults. “It’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Timothy Cripe, a blood cancer and bone marrow specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


Bringing things to a head: Brooklyn Brewery and Carlsberg, fresh off last week’s collaborative deal in London, are now partnering in Lithuania.

Not related: Scottish craft brewery BrewDog has lost a lawsuit with the estate of rock and roll king Elvis Presley over a beer called Elvis Juice. BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie had legally changed their names to Elvis last year, but to no avail.

Video o’ the week: How Area 51 became the focal point for UFO conspiracy theories. (It’s where the aliens dropped me off after the experiments. Just sayin’.)

Bonus: Four ways you might entertain with watermelon.

Pink lady: There are theories galore on how the cocktail party got its start, but many historians give the nod to Clara Bell Walsh, a St. Louis socialite who was looking for something to do after church on Sundays.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.