City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) today proposed a property-tax exemption for residents who convert their homes to solar power. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports on the sensor, intended to be implanted during a biopsy. A key issue: How to get power to the thing. Magnets to the rescue.
The Boston Stress Study hopes to outfit large numbers of Bostonians with wearable stress monitors so that it can come up with accurate numbers on just how crazed life is in this never-say-stop 21st-century city - and how that breaks down across professions, locations and, who knows, maybe even T lines.
WBUR's CommonHealth has more on the study, an effort by local startup Neumitra, which, you'll not be surprised to learn, hopes to sell "embedded biomodules to accurately and continuously measure the autonomic nervous system throughout daily life demands."
The Boston Business Journal reports the homegrown insurer has gotten FAA approval to use drones to survey houses and businesses damaged by fires or other disasters rather than sending out adjusters.
N. Anthony Coles, who recently returned to head up a biotech startup (based on work at MIT, natch), writes about the area's emergence as the world's leading innovation center in the field:
It has become an almost utopian community, where intellect knows no bounds, and science always trumps difficult disease treatment problems, cracking code after code to derive new state-of-the-art therapies with space-age technologies.
WBUR reports on work at Northeastern to deal with the fact that Lyme Disease often doesn't seem to completely die off after treatment with antibiotics: Researchers are looking at how to kill off the "persister" spores that can erupt back into infection after a patient is given a regular course of the drugs - by adding additional courses of medication over a period of time.
The Boston Business Journal reports a Boston startup is getting ready to ship wristbands that you can use to give your self an electric shock every time you're about to do something you shouldn't - such as smoke a cigarette.
Pavlok's eponymous device can be set to supply as little as a "pinprick" or as much as 450 volts of searing electropain. The Journal reports interest is particularly strong among Norwegians, Brits and Germans.
WBZ reports on an incident during Marblehead's Memorial Day parade.
A BU spinoff that is selling panels in a centralized solar farm is suing crowdsourcing site Indiegogo after the site blocked its campaign, the Boston Business Journal reports.
CloudSolar had raised nearly $450,000 in pledges before Indiegogo decided to halt the campaign and refund all the money, the Journal reports.
Makezine reports MakerBot shut its three retail stores, including the one in Boston, and laid off 100 workers.
DronesX, a startup seeking to become the authoritative source on the burgeoning drone industry, is seeking a reporter to cover droney things in the Boston/Cambridge area. "Actors who look good on camera" eagerly sought, but they have to have reporting chops, too, and not be a human drone.
City Councilor Michelle Wu breaks the news: On April 6, the City Council moves from RealPlayer streaming to YouTube streaming - and closed captioning - for its meetings and committee hearings.
— Ryan miller (@Millllertime) March 25, 2015
Kara Pernice writes she is sick of a stupid gadget that thinks it's smarter than she is:
When I turned the dial to increase the heat to 66 degrees, rather than responding by making the house warmer, or by informing me that it is now working toward this, it read, "in 1 hour and 20 minutes 66 degrees until 10:00PM.” The next day the house temperature plummeted to a punishing 50 degrees (I realize I may be spoiled) for no reason I was privy to. Here, by the way, is another usability heuristic not heeded: visibility of system status.
My promotional deal with Comcast just expired and my bill jumped by a HUGE amount. My place is both Comcast- and RCN-ready, but before I switch to RCN, has anybody made the change? I'm just looking for HD/DVR TV, maybe HBO, plus high-speed internet services. Any thoughts/experiences/warnings would be most appreciated!