No. 234: Devil’s brew, the Honeydue app and remembering Godzilla

It’s Aug. 9: On which Frenchman Rudolf Diesel was granted a patent for – yep – the diesel engine. Welcome new readers Kerri, Darrell, Brent, Ron and Grigor. Happy to have you all aboard.

Passed: Haruo Nakajima, who donned a 220-pound rubber suit to play the city-leveling monster in 1954’s “Godzilla” – plus 11 sequels – has died of pneumonia. He was 88.

Two voices, one birthday: CNN morning anchor Chris “Guv Bro” Cuomo and Sam “It’s what’s for dinner” Elliott. 47 and 73.

On the site: Chem-Master, a Stony Brook University drug company that has operated from the school’s chemistry building for 23 years, has been evicted, inconveniently in the middle of key research. School officials are mum, Chem-Master’s principals and supporters not so much.

Tops in care: St. Francis is the best hospital on Long Island and the fifth best in the state, according to the latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report. Winthrop also right there. The Mayo Clinic was No. 1 nationwide.

Devil’s brew: A bit parched by the Summer of Hell? Blue Point Brewery’s latest is an LIRR-themed pilsner called Delayed, available exclusively at Penn Station.

Then we could get the kids to build a passable health care bill: Rep. Kathleen Rice has joined the Congressional App challenge, adding her name to the more than 165 House members who know what an app is. (Actually, it’s a coding contest for high school students, info here.)

Great to see you: At the Innovate, LISTnet, Ellevate Women’s Network soiree last night. (If we did.)

Meet you in the lobby: Airbnb spent more than $400,000 trying to persuade Albany lawmakers in the first six months of the year. In on the spend were influential firms Patricia Lynch Associates and Hinman Straub, as well as Bolton-St. Johns, where Giorgio DeRosa, the father of Cuomo Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa, is a partner.

Toilet seat position still in play: Honeydue is a new mobile app that aims to reduce money-related arguments between couples.

Better seat: Northwell Health chief Michael J. Dowling has been named chair of the board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass., on which he has served since 2010. Among the many perks, the meetings are close to Fenway.

Buffalo Watch: The University at Buffalo’s medical school received a five-year $2.5 million National Institutes of Health grant through the Library of Medicine to fund the training in biomedical informatics.

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Gifts that keep on giving: Colleges are increasingly thankful for the people who died and bequeathed them mineral rights. At least in states where fracking is permitted.

Busy week: Tesla launched the Model 3 mass market car and started installing its solar tiles on employees’ roofs in a final pre-production shakedown cruise. Oh, and it just floated $1.5 billion in junk bonds.

Damn. Meant to get some of those: The Bitcoin has topped $3,500, up 250% this year.

The young and the restless: The Snapchat news show “Good Luck America,” averaged more than 5 million unique viewers per episode in its second season, up 45% over season one. Almost 75% of viewers are under the age of 25, and over 90% are under age 35.

Another ceiling shattered: Katherine Krug, the founder and CEO of BetterBack, a company that builds devices for lower back pain, has raised over $1 million on Kickstarter, the first solo female entrepreneur to do so.

One’s a bot that fights your bank fees: 500 Startups is lining up the 22nd batch of companies in its early stage startup program, 36 this time. Flavors range from fintech to digital health.

Attention all media except Breitbart: British journalists are beta testing a “bullshit detector” software system that its creators believe will stamp out fake news.

Book corner: “You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education” offers practical advice on the relative uselessness of sending out blind resumes and the huge value of networking among alumni and accepting – and then outperforming in – part-time and entry-level positions.

RECENT FUNDINGS has raised $10 million to expand its home improvement service to more cities.

Groove Health, the Chicago-based digital health company, has raised $1.6 million to help health insurance companies, hospital systems and self-insured employers improve medication adherence.

Tinkergarten, a Northampton, Mass. provider of outdoor early childhood education, raised a $5.4 million Series A led by Owl Ventures.

Jetty, a NYC-based provider of finance and insurance products, raised $11.5 million in Series A financing led by Valar Ventures, with participation from original seed investors Ribbit Capital, SV Angel, BoxGroup, and Red Swan.


A dappier doomsday: In 2017, having a well-stocked bugout bag doesn’t mean you’re paranoid. It just means you get POTUS tweets. Here are 45 essential items from our friends at InsideHook.

Flying high: At age 30, Air India pilot Anny Divya is the world’s youngest female commander of a Boeing 777.

Test drive: Ruffian is a German e-bicycle that looks like an early Indian. Pretty cool.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.