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4:12 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Tulane Researchers Looking For Environmental Clues In Mockingbirds' Songs

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to mockingbird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment.
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Elevated lead levels in the environment can cause a number of health problems for children and adults, and parts of New Orleans have consistently tested high for lead pollution.

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to bird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment. 

Tulane researcher Renata Ribeiro spends a lot of time out in the field, recording the songs of Northern Mockingbirds.

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Science & Health
12:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Triple Degree Program At LSU Serves The Growing Biomedical Industry In Louisiana

A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study.
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A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study. 

LSU is partnering with the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to launch the program. It’s called “Fast Path” because students would receive three degrees  - a bachelor of science, an MD, and a PhD — in one-to-three years less than the traditional path.

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4:37 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

US Appeals Court In New Orleans Hearing Arguments On Texas Abortion Restrictions

A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments on Wednesday about the constitutionality of a Texas abortion law.

The arguments were before a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, concerning Texas House Bill 2 — a broad package of abortion legislation passed in Texas in 2013. The new rules require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

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Arts & Culture
5:33 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

UNO Production Selected For Prestigious Kennedy Center College Theater Festival

A UNO production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was the only play from Louisiana selected to be performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
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A production at the University of New Orleans was the only play from Louisiana selected to be performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The Times-Picayune reports UNO's production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was selected for this year’s festival.

The play is about a tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in post-invasion Iraq, and his interactions with two American Marines and their Iraqi translator.

Business & Technology
8:37 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Smartphone App Developed In Louisiana Helps Hunters To 'Hunt Smarter'

The Huntsoft hunting app was created by a pair of Louisiana deer hunters with years of experience in the software industry.
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Louisiana has been called a “sportsman's paradise,” and now big game hunters are getting the high-tech treatment with a new smartphone app.

Huntsoft was created by Randall Nachman, an avid hunter with years of experience in the software industry.  Nachman started his second business, a loan processing and document management company, at the Louisiana Technology Park seven years ago.

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Latest News
10:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Chicago-Based Video Game Developer Opening A Studio In The CBD

Chicago-based video game developer High Voltage Software is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.
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Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a Chicago-based video game developer is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.

High Voltage Software has had a hand in developing some classic video game titles — like Mortal Kombat, Toy Story, and Captain America.

The firm will lease a suite at Place St. Charles starting next month. Eventually, they plan to employ 80 people at annual salaries ranging from $50,000 to $120,000.

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Business & Technology
8:22 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Innovation Leaders From Four Cities Meet In New Orleans To Swap Ideas

James Carville was the closing speaker Wednesday afternoon at the Forward Cities Initiative convention for innovation leaders from four cities.
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James Carville was the closing speaker Wednesday afternoon at the Forward Cities Initiative convention for innovation leaders from four cities.

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Latest News
6:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Seattle Software Company Puts Down Roots In Louisiana

Seattle software testing company qalytics is opening an office at the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.
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A Seattle technology company that tests software is opening operations in Baton Rouge, a move that will create about 35 permanent jobs with annual salaries of about $27,000.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made the announcement Tuesday about qalytics LLC.  The company says it will open an office in the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.

Qalytics will specialize in quality assurance and publishing services for the digital media industry. The company says it will start hiring soon.

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2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Production Begins In New Orleans On Navy's Newest Hovercraft

Textron Systems New Orleans will build the Navy's newest, more efficient hovercraft.
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Textron Systems New Orleans held a ceremony on Monday to mark the start of production of the Navy's newest hovercraft: a landing craft designed to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies over water and beaches.

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Latest News
3:15 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

MobileQubes Aims To Solve The Problem Of The 'Dead' Cell Phone

New Orleans-based company MobileQubes offers portable phone chargers in high traffic areas around the city.
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It’s a problem almost everyone has had — being far away from home with a cell phone battery that is dead or dying. A new company based in New Orleans, MobileQubes, is offering a solution.

Sean Carrigan got the idea to manufacture portable phone and tablet charging devices about two years ago. He was in a New Orleans restaurant after a long day of multitasking on his smartphone, and his battery was almost dead.

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