No. 235: Hedy Lamarr, a healthy heart protein and ‘stay young’ is the tech world’s oldest adage

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. It’s National Presidential Joke Day.

I know what you’re thinking. Actually, the observance dates back to Ronald Reagan’s 1984 gaffe in which he said into a live mic, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

(We suspect there’s a similar yearning among current White House lawyers.)

On this day in 1942: Film star Hedy Lamarr received a patent for frequency-skipping technology that was designed to protect Allied torpedoes from enemy jamming, although the Navy didn’t get around to using it until 1960. It is the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology on which Bluetooth and wi-fi connections rely.

Lamarr and her co-creator, the avant-garde composer George Antheil, were inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Opposite ends of the same birthday: Steve Wozniak and Hulk Hogan.

Top o’ Brian Fried, inventor of the portion control Snack-O-Sphere and the Eggstra Space fridge organizer, plus numerous other QVC hits, is going national with an inventors’ help consultancy.

Also: NYIT researchers have developed a lethal synthetic that inhibits tumor growth in the cells that develop into connective tissue found in bone, soft tissue and the central nervous system. Could be a much less-toxic alternative to chemotherapy.

And: Sparkling Pointe was named winery of the year at the 32nd running of the New York Wine & Food Classic.

What summer vacation? There are busy weeks and then there’s this week for Stony Brook supply chain defender Applied DNA Sciences, which not only reported good earnings (revenues up, net loss down), announced the start of a production-scale DNA marking partnership with a major defense contractor and added agricultural fertilizer as a new billion-dollar vertical market. Go ahead and take the weekend, Jim.

ICYMI: Altice is considering an offer for Charter; Wasserstein has agreed to sell Globecomm; SBU is giving the heave-ho to a longtime chemistry lab tenant; BNL cutting 175 jobs; and St. Francis is the Isle’s top hospital.

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Legacy workers: Age is the silent career killer in the tech industry. While companies openly wrestle with the lack of racial and gender diversity, regularly releasing workforce demographics in those categories, they decline to disclose the average age of their staffers and offer little in the way of internal support for older workers.

For when the ex keys you: The Waylens Secure 360 is a high-def car camera that records anything unusual, uploads to the cloud and alerts your smartphone. Raised $185,000+ on a Kickstarter goal of $60K.

Hmm, where have we seen this concept before? Facebook is rolling out Watch, a video service featuring original shows, sports – it’s set to feature one MLB game per week – as well as short content from contributors like motivational speaker Gabby Bernstein, and more.

They want to pump you up: Canadian researchers have discovered a protein that triggers healthy heart growth, which could one day help those recovering from heart attacks. (And those who don’t jog.)

Sole practitioners: Rothy’s, which makes knitted women’s shoes out of recycled plastic bottles, raised $7 million in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and others.

In brief: Karl Zelik has invented underwear that prevents back pain.


We’ll drink to that: Budweiser is updating its cans with the motto of the 11 states in which it brews. In Virginia, that means drinkers can sip to the slogan, “Thus always to tyrants.” (Georgia’s actually fits – “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.”)

What you want to eat: Elote, or Mexican street corn, is salty, sweet, spicy, creamy, citrusy and awesome.

Not to mention: Its sexier cousin, esquites.

Finally, easy-to-pronounce German words: The 27th edition of the Duden, the dictionary considered the ultimate arbiter of the German language, contains 5,000 additions, including emoji, selfie and tablet.

Worth shelling out for: You can now buy fresh oysters from vending machines in France.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.