The latest chapter in the Plenty story. 

I’ve written about vertical farm startup Plenty before, and now that they’ve raised an additional $200MM from SoftBank, it’s time for another look at their progress and vision. Reminder: “All told, Plenty says, its technology can yield as much as 350 times more produce in a given area as conventional farms, with 1 percent of the water.” learn more

The MasSpec pen speeds up cancer diagnosis from weeks to seconds.

“The ‘MasSpec pen’ … looks a lot like a big, white sharpie with a cord running down the back. When doctors touch the tip of the pen to a suspect tissue sample, and press a pedal, the pen releases a small droplet of water. The pen then sucks up the water along with some residual tissue into an onsite mass spectrometer and analyzes everything right there on the spot.” learn more

Nordstrom tries a store without merchandise. 

“Nordstrom Local … will span 3,000 square feet, far less than the 140,000 square feet of one of Nordstrom’s standard department stores. It will contain eight dressing rooms, where shoppers can try on clothes and accessories, though the store won’t stock them. Instead, personal stylists will retrieve goods from nine Nordstrom locations in Los Angeles, or through its website.” learn more