Boston Olympics Bid, Wearable Dehydration Sensor, Amazon Audible, Father’s Day in Boston

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Top Story: Boston on the Olympics 2024 Shortlist

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The Olympics is a spectacle unlike any other, drawing participants, fans and viewers from every corner of the world.

As of late, the Olympic games attract more than 20 million average viewers, with more than 1,000 hours streamed online. This enormous exposure and the ensuing pride gained is good enough reason to enter an Olympic bid, or is it?

Many thought the idea of Boston as a host to be farfetched because of the city’s dearth of land available to set up large sites close to the city center.

However, U.S. Olympic Committee’s board of directors see some potential as a contender after New York and Philadelphia both dropped out due to fears such as overspending and gridlock. Other candidates have reportedly included Washington, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco.

The committee met at MIT in Cambridge on Tuesday, and of the fifteen voting members, three are Boston natives! Former John Hancock Life Insurance CEO James Benson, Candlewick Press licensing director, Mary McCagg and Bain Capital private equity associate, Whitney Ping, are USOC members with local ties that will hopefully vouch for Boston’s candidacy.

Local efforts to bring the Olympic Summer Games here are being led by John Fish, the CEO of Suffolk Construction:

Boston is a world-class city and would serve as a wonderful host for the Summer Olympics,” Fish said. “Our history, leading-edge business industries and sports-loving residents would provide a perfect atmosphere for the Olympic movement and the spirit of the Games. In addition, holding the Olympics in the Boston area would serve as a catalyst for growth in the region, supporting the kinds of major transportation and infrastructure improvements that are essential to our state’s economic future.

The USOC has been expected to narrow down candidates this month, with a goal of picking the city by 2015. Are you in favor or against Boston as an Olympics host contender?

 

Under the Radar: Wearable Sensor Detects Dehydration 

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We’ve all been instilled with the 6-8 glasses of water a day adage. Despite all the water-rich foods and drinks that you take in over the course of the day, inevitably your body will lose water from exercising to simply breathing.

Thankfully, Sandia National Laboratories researcher, Ronen Polsky and colleagues, are patenting a prototype model they believe to be “the future of personalized healthcare.” The product can check your electrolyte levels on the spot, yet fit in a palm or be worn comfortably on a wrist. The device is painless because it uses micro-needles so tiny they avoid traumatizing nerves when pressed into the skin. The device also samples only interstitial fluid, which is the liquid between skin cells. By doing so, the device has the potential for long-term, noninvasive use.

According to Polsky, “Investors have expressed interest in commercial applications for the technology in healthcare and sports medicine, among other areas.” The product will be especially useful for runners, athletes in strenuous sports, and soldiers on long missions. Researchers will continue to fine-tune the technology until it eventually becomes a “sense-respond” device where some needles can read electrolytes while others automatically send electrolytes to make up for deficiencies.

What would you like a wearable device to track for better health?

 

Tool of the Week: Amazon Audible

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When one thinks of summer, the idea of summer reading isn’t usually too far off. Many believe that somehow this season will magically free up their schedule so that they can spend more of it leisurely reading a good book. For those commuting to work via bike or automobile, reading while driving or biking is quite possibly the worst, and most dangerous idea out there. With lunch breaks that are few and far between, and a plethora of responsibilities awaiting you once you get home, it seems that the commute to and from work is mindless and seldom stimulating.

Amazon recognizes this need to read and has used its Audible acquisition to make it easy to switch swiftly from reading an e-book to listening to an audiobook in its Kindle apps for iOS and Android devices. The Kindle apps now lets you switch to the Audible version with the tap of a finger, so long as you’ve paid for the audio upgrade of the book you’re reading. Starting at $0.99 per title and ranging up to around $3.99 for more popular ones, this newly implemented software allows you to use your time for reading more effectively at a small cost.

Will you download it?

 

Around the Hub: Treating Dad

In the words of Cambridge native Matt Damon:

The only way I can describe [fatherhood]—it sounds stupid, but—at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time.

This Sunday, show Dad that he holds a place in your heart too.

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At Boston Chops, the urban steak bistro named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Steakhouses” in 2014, Executive Chef Chris Coombs is serving up a steak experience dad won’t soon forget. With a variety of premium steak cuts, to a selection of rarely celebrated proteins (for the more adventurous padre), this manly menu will have Dad drooling. For something a little extra special, Executive Chef Chris Coombs will be cooking up a savory selection of off-menu specials like the 32 oz. or 48 oz. Tomahawk and Porterhouse steaks.

  • Location: 1375 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118
  • Dinner: 5 – 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Please call 617.227.5011

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Dads can also get their steak fill morning until night at Forum Bar & Restaurant with Chef Dan Schroeder’s delectable brunch and dinner specials. Dad’s Day Dishes include a shaved steak sandwich with caramelized onions, sautéed bell peppers, and provolone cheese on a toasted baguette and a side of fries for brunch or a grilled rib eye steak with twice baked red bliss potatoes, grilled asparagus, and red wine au jus for dinner.

For a perfectly paired toast to your old man, order up a Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA brew, a Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey Old Fashioned cocktail, or keep it simple with a glass of Glenmorangie Ten Year Scotch.

  • Location: 755 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
  • Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 – 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: please call 857.991.1831

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Treat Dad to a taste of Twenty Boat Spiced Rum from South Hollow Spirits, the first (legal) distillery on Cape Cod since prohibition. If you’re headed to the Cape for a Father’s Day retreat, stop by Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod to purchase a first-batch bottle of craft distilled spirit for sipping or mixing at home.

  • Location: 11 Shore Rd., North Truro, MA 02652
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Place Order: please call 508.487.6200

For those looking to add a little spice to their dining experience this Father’s Day, head out for a taste of Twenty Boat cocktails at these Cape Cod and Boston-area dining destinations:

How will you treat Dad?

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