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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…


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

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. WHAT’S NEWS 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…


No. 232: New fundings, a fresh soda offensive and Sam Altman wants you to listen up

It’s Wednesday out there: Welcome new readers Tuki, Rochelle, Neil, Scott, Toni Marie, Michael, Bill, Ken, Hal and George. Happy to have you all aboard, and Nyou, Congressman. It’s Aug. 2, the day members of the Continental Congress finally got around to signing the Declaration of Independence. Well, 52 of them, anyway. Including our own William Floyd. Michael Owens received a patent on this day in 1904 for a machine that produced blown-glass bottles at…


No. 231: Mather’s in, Amazon’s medical skunkworks and the secret life of airline wine

It’s Friday: Not a bad day for a lobster roll. Here’s where the Pulse staff eats them. Earl Tupper was born on this day in 1907. (Ware? Berlin, N.H.) Continuum of care: Mather has agreed to join the Northwell Health system, leaving only one unaligned LI hospital to fight over. Get down with your bad self Kevin Tracey: The Feinstein Institute raised $2.6 million at a summer concert featuring Pitbull, the hip hop artist most recently known for “Sexy Body,” his duet…


No. 230: Jeff Meyer, Kathy Ross and Snooty, plus Hicksville’s Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine shine

TG it’s W: A happy midweek everybody, and welcome new readers Howard, Sophia, Josh, James, Genevieve, Johanna, Bob, Rorrie, Nancy, Ellen, John, Dan and Kevin. Passed: Satoshi Ozaki, who cemented key international collaborations in high-energy and nuclear physics and helped design and build accelerators for scientific research on two continents – including two at Brookhaven National Laboratory – died Saturday. He was 88. Somewhat less accomplished, but still loved: Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, died Sunday, days after his 69th birthday,…


No. 229: Cybersecurity, doggone history and several fairly interesting things going on with bugs

Halfway home: A happy Wednesday, everybody, and how about a heartfelt Innovate welcome to new readers Holly, Mica, Jose, Gary, Amy, Briley and Anna. Great to have you aboard, kids. It’s July 19, on which musicians Alan Gorrie, Bernie Leadon, Brian May and Alan Collins were born. Can you name their bands? Answers after the news. Extra credit: George Frayne. Top o’ the Innovate LI site: Re-Nuble Inc., the Tinia Pina startup that turns food waste into fresh produce,…


No. 227: Gail Simmons, Jim Simons and we somehow missed the most expensive housing list

It’s Wednesday: A happy midweek, everybody, and welcome new readers Tutty, Alice, Serge, Pete and Lillian. Jolly Green Giant Great Big Tender Peas were trademarked on this day in 1927. Zeppo Marx – the unfunny one – received a patent for a cardiac pulse rate monitor. Reading? Check: Long Island billionaire Jim Simons and his wife Marilyn have donated $25 million to the New York Public Library, one of the institution’s largest-ever gifts. The money…


No. 226: Blockchains, startup stuff and Steve Israel shoots from the hip

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. Hope your week has been short and sweet. Or at least short. Give a big Innovate welcome to new readers Cindy, Michelle, Nichob and Colonel Blake. Happy to have you all aboard. Sir. Today is July 7, on which Oregon businessman Henry Phillips received a patent for his eponymous screw and driver. Now popular as an at-home tool, the “Phillips head” was designed to revolutionize mass production by slicing…


No. 225: Merger mumbles, cyberbucks for SBU and Rob Spence, eyeborg

TG it’s F: Wham-O cofounder Arthur “Spud” Melin was awarded a patent for the Hula-Hoop on this day in 1963, long after the craze had peaked, leaving Wham-O with millions of unsold plastic hoops and a $10,000 loss. The firm did better with the Frisbee, Super Ball and Silly String. Melin and partner Richard Knerr sold out for $12 million in 1982. Attention Al Gore: Vinton Cerf, who actually did invent the Internet, is 74 today….


No. 224: Immune system secrets, Empire steel and save us, Scott Rechler

How’s it going so far? The sun was directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 00:24 Wednesday morning, signaling summer’s start. Environment New York would like to take this opportunity to warn you that local temperatures are 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1970s and could be nine degrees higher than now by the century’s end if we don’t stop with the coal already and get back with the Paris thing. So please tan responsibly….


No. 223: Luminati grounded, Port CEO search a bust and Farmingdale has the meats

Happy Friday: It’s National Flip-flops Day, on which we honor the rubber version of the traditional Japanese zori sandals lugged home by American GIs after World War II. The Hiroshima Rubber Co. began exporting the popsicle-colored footwear to the United States in 1950. The sandal’s name comes from the sound flip-flops make when walked in. That makes it an onomatopoeia. 101 more of them here, including several that helped make the late, great Adam West…


No. 222: BlackBerry rising, a year’s worth of coat and Delivery Hero serves up a jumbo IPO

TG it’s Friday, friends: It’s June 9, on which Donald Duck and Johnny Depp debuted and Secretariat made it three. Enjoy the weekend’s pop up thunderstorms. Happy birthday Rich Kruse. Mike Kessler, the Port Jefferson private investigator who uncovered the $400 million Agape World investment rip-off, has died. Cancer. He was 65. You could mark World Environmental Day on Saturday by enjoying a few tall cans of Drink the Bay Clean India Pale Lager. Details…


No. 221: Gray matters, big bucks for bio and digitizing your Play Doh

A good Tuesday to you: It’s June 6, on which Allied forces launched the invasion of France in 1944, a risky, weather-plagued assault on Normandy during which almost 4,500 Allied troops were killed. If you have a spare 178 minutes: “The Longest Day,” the 1962 film adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s seminal D-Day book, stars everyone from Eddie Albert to Dominique Zardi. It remained the most expensive B&W film ever made until 1993’s “Schindler’s List.” Welcome new readers Neal,…


No. 220: Burgers, dunkers, Watts and the future of self-charging drones

Viva le weekend: It’s Friday, June 2, National Doughnut Day, founded to honor Salvation Army volunteers who handed out coffee and crullers to World War I troops. Free fried dough for all at Dunkin, Krispy and others. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is, gulp, 76. Fossil fool: President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord met with swift rebuke from local environmentalists, while Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and others said NY would soldier on. Launch partner: If you’re a rush-to-market…


No. 219: Mark Cuban, Casper the friendly mattress and guess what’s selling better than Viagra

TGIF: Welcome to the Friday edition and hope it’s capping an awesome week. The Innovate staff is celebrating the long Memorial Day weekend, so no Tuesday newsletter. Please do take a moment to thank the 1.8 million Americans who have died in uniformed service to our country. Today’s birthday troika: Peggy Lee, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz. 30 Rock rocks: The Feinstein Institute celebrated the remarkable achievements of its women scientists with lunch at the Rainbow…