No. 53: An energy plan, a Tinder for business and why we no longer love eel pie

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: Two driverless prototype cars had a near miss on a Silicon Valley street last week when a Google-operated Lexus RX400 cut off an Audi Q5 being tested by Delphi Automotive. No crash or injuries, but the cars were said to have exchanged digital threats and profanity.

DON’T WASTE IT: You’ll get a little bit of extra time tomorrow as scientists in charge of keeping the planet’s clocks in alignment add a leap second to make up for a slowing of the Earth’s rotation.

SIDE GIG: Marc Alessi, founder and CEO of tech startup SynchroPet, has joined Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in an of-counsel role.

AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN AGREED ON PLUTO YET: Stony Brook University deep-space hunter Jin Koda has discovered 854 new galaxies, each about the size of our Milky Way, Newsday’s Delthia Ricksreports.

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ADDING MORE TO THE MIX: Sulfcrete CEO Bill Biamonte is looking to cement himself in the big-data space by licensing TeraPaths, a BNL-developed system that can move ginormous info sets at ion speed. Well, almost that fast. Stony Brook U staffers will help commercially scale the technology. Innovate

THE DEBRIEF: As ops chief of the Center for Biotechnology, a state-funded catalyst for the development of biomedical technologies and companies, Diane Fabel wears many important hats: facilitator, organizer, manager, sometimes even referee. Plus, we think she’s pretty cool. Innovate

AN IDEA THAT, BY DESIGN, IS ALL WET: Long Beach resident Solomon Wasserman has several inventions under his belt, including a patented, in-production computer chip and a yet to be built solar-powered water purifier. He’s convinced his latest idea, a raincoat that keeps you dry all the way to your soles, is the block buster.

WE HAVE A PLAN: The state released its much-anticipated – in other words, long delayed – energy plan late last week. It will affect decisions on the construction of new power sources, oversight of private energy markets and the spending of billions of dollars in public money, so it’s worth a look.

Highlights: Half of New York’s power will come from renewable sources in the next 15 years, including offshore wind projects and more large-scale solar developments. That’s more than double current levels. Scott Waldman atCapital NY

But: Long Island’s grid is already close to the limit of being able to handle additional solar power, Newsday’s Mark Harrington reports.

Also: Albany’s Big Ugly end-of-session legislative agreement includes almost $20 million for New York communities in which a power plant that burns fossil fuels is closed. The last-minute addition would allow for the closure of aging plants that contribute significantly to air pollution in their regions but are difficult to shutter because they contribute significant tax money to the municipalities that surround them. You know, like Port Jeff.

NOW TRADING: Seres, a Massachusetts startup with a microbiome drug that battles the sinister clostridium difficile bacterial infection, went public last week, the first of what could be several newly public biotechs working in the C. diff space. Seres hauled in $134M in the IPO, at $18 a share. Prices nearly doubled during its first day of trading.

Symbiotic Health, a spinoff from North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute, has itsown approach.

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GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: The SBA is conducting two prize competitions for U.S. cities and Native American communities. The contests will award prizes of between $50K and $250K to support the development, implementation, and improvement of online tools that will let entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process in their area, including how to register and apply for all required local licenses and permits, in one day or less.

SOUNDS LIKE TINDER FOR BUSINESS: You’ve heard all about co-working space, now comes co-collaboration space, where tenants pay for the right to have “creative collisions” with people from other industries, before going back to their real offices.

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: Two driverless prototype cars had a near miss on a Silicon Valley street last week when a Google-operated Lexus RX400 cut off an Audi Q5 being tested by Delphi Automotive. No crash or injuries, but the cars were said to have exchanged digital threats and profanity.

THAT’S GERMAN FOR ‘DITTO’: Tech Crunch contributor Kalie Moore argues that a growing number of German tech unicorns should skip the Frankfurt exchange and bring their IPOs straight to New York. Preferably with their headquarters on Long Island. Sind wir uns einig, Kalie.

SPEAKING OF UNICORNS: Airbnb, the San Fran-based home rental platform, raised $1.5B, giving the company a valuation of $25.5B. Most of the money may go to fighting off legal challenges from NYC hotels.

ATTENTION TOLL BROTHERS: Swedish researchers have been funded for a project that aims to use cellulose material to 3D print … a complete house. Science Daily

QUICKCUTS: Intuit, best known for tax prep and financial services like TurboTax and QuickBooks, is eliminating 400 jobs – of 8,000 – in a “realignment.” No other details offered. The firm has recently partnered with big players in the evolving service-on-demand economy, including Uber and Stripe, helping contract workers keep their books straight.

UP AGAINST THE WAHL: Wahlburgers, the burger franchise founded by the Wahlberg boys – chef Paul, and actors Mark and Donnie – is opening its first NYC restaurant. On Coney Island. And yes, they’ll have a dirty-water dog on the menu.

Also: Americans once so loved eel pie that they used lobsters as bait to catch them. The eels, not the pies. looks back at such former favorites as beaver tail, turtle and sassafras.

FINALLY: Top product placements in Jurassic World, which has made over $1 billion in 13 days: Samsung, Mercedes, Bose, Triumph, Alpha and Jeep.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.