No. 233: Startup help, surefire hangover cures and one small theft for Neil Armstrong

Dr. Franziska Michor, Professor of Computational Biology Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Biostatistics at Harvard.

TG it’s F:  It’s Aug. 4, on which Elvis released “Hound Dog,” “Purple Rain” hit No. 1 and Glory Hoskin received a patent for the talking potty. (Several messages, no joke, started with, “Hey, Big Boy …”)

The week’s big number: Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway made $1,036,000,000 on Wednesday in the Apple stock run up.


Cavity search: SBU’s dental school is one of five selected to pilot a digital dentistry program developed by the Chicago-based American College of Prosthodontists.

Exit strategy: Former Empire State Development staffer Ryan Silva has been named executive director of the New York State Economic Development Council, replacing the legendary Brian McMahon. Silva, currently director of government relations at SUNY Albany, assumes his new post Aug. 21.

“Ryan is exactly the right person at exactly the right time to lead NYSEDC into the future,” said McMahon, who will retire as soon as he breaks the new guy in. (That’s the “exactly the right time” part.)

Buffalo Watch: Tesla officials, who said solar roof production would begin in the spring, then the summer, now promise to be up and running by December.

Sorta related: Ikea stores in the UK now sell solar panels and storage batteries. (Lemme guess. Assembly required.)

ICYMI: As hugely rumored, outgoing Port Authority exec Pat Foye will be president of the MTA; the Guv takes a victory lap on his parks program; Hicksville wins the state’s downtown redevelopment sweepstakes; and the state is firing up more med-marijuana outlets.

Startups starting up: Hofstra University and Suffolk County Community College will split a $162,000 grant from Empire State Development to help aspiring small business owners.

You’re welcome: Some 3,817 retirees collected state or local pensions of more than $100,000 during the fiscal year ending March 31. Among them were 2,352 retired police officers or firefighters, more than half of whom retired from Nassau County (879) or Suffolk County (400), according to the Empire Center.

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One small theft: A solid gold lunar lander replica that was made by Cartier for Neil Armstrong has been stolen from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Ohio. Three such models were made for Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and presented as gifts from the readers of the French newspaper Le Figaro. Museum officials fear the thieves may have already melted down the “priceless” model for its gold.

OK, it actually has a price: Cartier bought back the model that was given to Collins in a 2003 auction, paying $56,000 in order to place it in its own permanent collection.

Hurray, hurray, thanks FDA: Agios Pharmaceuticals, a nine-year-old Cambridge biotech startup has won approval from the FDA for Idhifa, developed as a treatment for a devastating form of leukemia caused by a genetic mutation.

Flu financing: FluGen, an early-stage company developing vaccine candidates designed to protect against multiple types of influenza, has raised $5.5 million in debt financing.

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There goes the sun: If you’re planning to watch the solar eclipse Aug. 21, you’re probably aware that you need special glasses for safe viewing. The Federal Trade Commission has tips on the right products and how to protect your eyes from damage.

And: A century of eclipse-watching photos.

We’ll never let you take over, millennials! By 2024, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that one in 10 workers will be over the age of 65, and one in 100 will be over 75.


The tall and tall collection: The NBA’s Dwayne Wade is the first athlete to partner with Amazon Fashion.

Not tonight, honey: American bee sperm has lost its buzz. Since the US closed its borders to live honeybee imports, inbreeding has ravaged the gene pool.

Curtis Stone nails it: 15 hangover cures that celebrity chefs swear by.

Oh, and: Kominicki quit smoking one year ago today, cold turkey.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.