# 650: Pursuing Anecdotes, Speaking Esperanto, And Exploring Alien Habitats – With Mandatory Masks, Unfortunately
Yule make it happen: 10 days to go before Christmas, intrepid innovators, and you don’t need a calculator to know it’s December 15th.
It’s also Wednesday and the middle of this last busy work week, so take a break from shopping, packaging, baking and decorating and let’s catch up with our bright and bustling innovation economy.
Ball and chain: If you appreciate this pearl of wisdom, you’ll love National Wear Your Pearls Day, which shines every December 15 – full of metaphors about the protective layers and beauty of tragedy.
In numbers : Originally known as the 1-2-3-4 cake – one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs (and don’t forget a cup of milk, for good measure. ) – cupcake also gets its due today, National Cupcake Day.
Follow up that fairy cake with a nice cup of chamomile – the world’s most popular drink (besides water) smokes on December 15, known worldwide as International Tea Day.
You have the rights: Speaking of popular innovations, the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution – known collectively as the Bill of Rights – were ratified on that date in 1791.
There is no vaccine against b @ !! $ #! +: Poorly designed protests against COVID vaccine mandates are covered by the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech and the right to petition the government – but the truth is, vaccine requirements in public schools are in the books since Boston schools first mandated smallpox vaccinations on Dec.15, 1827.
Courts across the country quickly passed similar laws – but thanks to protests and legal challenges, the infamous smallpox virus was not fully eradicated until 1979.
Sustained winds: Still the highest-grossing box office draw of all time after adjusting for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” premiered on December 15, 1939.
The Deep South saga lasts almost four hours, but it could have been longer: the first draft screenplay based on author Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic would have lasted nearly seven hours.
It was closed: The first space meeting – with inhabited American capsules Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 maneuvering within 10 feet of each other – occurred in Earth orbit 56 years ago today.
History, for the victory: And the true 1980s phenomenon Trivial Pursuit was first conceived on that date in 1979 – as the story goes, by two Canadian journalists battling it out on a Scrabble board.
Sphere of influence: Anglo-American theoretical physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson (1923-2020) – whose work in quantum mechanics, astrophysics and other high-level fields was so advanced it bordered on insanity, including theorized alien habitats known as Dyson’s spheres – would be 98 years old today.
American inventor Hannah Wilkinson Slater (1774-1812) was also born on December 15, who may have been the first woman to get a U.S. patent (or maybe not); French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), a famous pontier who also designed a fairly famous Parisian tower; Polish ophthalmologist LL Zamenhof (1859-1917), who created Esperanto, the most widely used constructed language in the world; the Danish physician Niels Finsen (1860-1904), the founder of modern phototherapy; and American industrial engineer Charles Duryea (1861-1938), who started the first American company to manufacture gasoline vehicles.
Be direct: And say hello, Julie Taymor! The American director and director – the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical on Broadway (The Lion King in 1997) – turns 69 today.
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Good reef: With the rise of the US offshore wind industry – including plans for the New York Blight, which docks off Montauk Point and is part of a nationwide windfall of offshore leases that could generate $ 120 billion in private investment – ecologists focus on marine ecosystems.
Washington-based world conservation organization The Nature Conservancy and Inspire Environmental, a Rhode Island-based environmental consultant, published “Turbine Reefs: Nature-Based Designs for Augmenting Offshore Wind Structures in the United States,” a 36-page report focused on the booming industry. But instead of bemoaning huge wind farm fields and their effects on native marine life, the report describes a “massive opportunity to create, enhance and expand marine habitat for fish, crustaceans and d ‘other native species,’ according to a statement from The Nature Conservancy. .
The big idea: artificial reefs at the foot of offshore wind turbines. With the health of Earth’s oceans “in grave danger”, The Nature Conservancy will champion the development of clean renewable energy and “highlight how offshore wind can be part of the solution for climate and biodiversity,” according to Tricia Jedele , head of offshore wind policy, while Inspire Environmental CEO Drew Carey noted “a great chance to improve seabed habitat.”
Zhang boom: A RNA modification lab at the New York Institute of Technology is participating in a $ 12 million federal program targeting next-level RNA mutations.
The far-reaching science this time returns to the Zhang Lab, home of New York Tech’s associate professor of life sciences, Shenglong Zhang, who has been named a key principal investigator in a consortium of national laboratories forming the new Center of Excellence in genomic sciences. Funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute for Human Genome Research at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the multidirectional center – comprising laboratories at Duke University in North Carolina, University of California-San Francisco and Weill Cornell Medicine and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – helps scientists determine how mutations created by modifying RNA can alter the behavior of genes.
Zhang’s lab – where the mission is to modify nucleotides and monitor effects on cancer, diabetes, and other conditions – will have a first-year budget of around $ 700,000, with more than $ 2 million expected until 2026. “This new research center is a big step forward for this field,” said Zhang, adding that his work would help “reveal the true sequence of an RNA”.
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Masked Zinger: Governor Kathy Hochul restored public mask-wearing protocols in New York state – and blamed the unvaccinated squarely.
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Decades after formulating them, Voices historian Tom Mariner still relies on the principles of smart recruiting that have helped him and his innovation teams – separated by years, united by purpose – to change. the course of the history of computing.
THINGS WE READ
Let it snow: How the Grinch – aka climate change – stole your White Christmas. CNN is heating up.
Let it grow: How “smart soil sensors” can reduce over-fertilization. Technological networks are launching.
Let it go: How to take a technical break during your Christmas holidays. Condé Nast Traveler disconnects.
+ Sandboxx, a Washington-based platform that supports military personnel from recruiting to retirement, closed an $ 8 million growth funding round. Funders included Boathouse Capital, PenFed Foundation and others.
+ Nuvocargo, a New York-based digital platform supporting trade between the United States and Mexico, has raised $ 20.5 million in funding led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from The Flexport Fund, Kavak and major existing investors QED Investors and NFX.
+ Robotic Research, a Maryland-based global leader in autonomous mobility and robotics solutions, raised $ 228 million in Series A funding. Investors included SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, Enlightenment Capital, Crescent Cove Advisors, Henry Crown and Company and Luminar Technologies.
+ Logical Buildings, a New York-based provider of sustainability software and solutions, smart buildings and virtual power plants, closed a $ 10 million funding round led by Keyframe Capital.
+ Zorus, a Connecticut-based cybersecurity software company, closed a $ 9 million Series A financing led by Asymmetric Capital Partners, Innospark Ventures and General Catalyst.
+ Cerebral Inc., a California-based online mental health company, closed a $ 300 million Series C funding round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, Prysm Capital, Access Industries, WestCap Group and ARTIS Ventures.
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