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7:36 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

A Playground For Innovators At The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

VIP badges at the Maker Faire contained a full Arduino, essentially making it a tiny programmable computer.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Tulane University hosted the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Maker Faires are growing in popularity around the country. They’re described as part science fair, part county fair, and “the greatest show and tell on earth.”

While they mainly showcase do-it-yourselfers exploring new technologies, the faires also also draw people experimenting in science, engineering, art, and performance.

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7:49 am
Mon March 9, 2015

NOLA Maker Faire Co-Founder Says New Orleans History Is Full Of 'Makers'

The robotics hallway at the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Over the weekend, New Orleans held its second annual Mini Maker Faire at Tulane University.

The maker faire this year was a showcase for inventors and innovators of all stripes. Everything was on display — from drones and robots to glittered shoes and handmade flower garlands.

Scott Thomas is a co-producer of the faire. He says being a “maker” is not just about technology.

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Sports
7:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Orleans Saints Are Using Big Data To Help Avoid Injuries

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told an audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston about how he is using new RFID technology to get better data about players and avoid injuries.
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke on a panel last Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, about how coaches are using new technology to get better data about players.

For the first time during the 2014 season, every NFL player in the league was outfitted with digital tracking devices in their shoulder pads to record exactly how far and how fast they were moving in each practice.

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Business & Technology
5:04 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Survey: For Women In Tech, New Orleans Tops Silicon Valley

A survey by the group SmartAsset lists New Orleans among the top ten best cities for women working in the technology field.
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Slate magazine recently reported on a survey by the group SmartAsset, listing the best cities for women working in the technology field.

Some of the surprising findings: Cities in Silicon Valley ranked far below some others with less well-known tech communities – including New Orleans. The survey ranked New Orleans number seven overall on the list of best American cities for women in tech.

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7:29 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

SmartAsset Website Gives New Orleans High Marks For Gender Equality In Tech

A Slate article published last week named New Orleans as one of the top ten cities for women working in technology.

The article was based on a survey by SmartAsset. Overall, the survey ranked New Orleans as number seven among cities that are best for women working in technology fields. New Orleans came out ahead of several cities more widely known for their tech communities, like those in Silicon Valley.

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Business & Technology
12:15 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO Professor Teaches Computers The Human Art Of Storytelling

UNO professor Stephen Ware received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create artificial intelligence systems that integrate computer reasoning with the human art of storytelling.
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University of New Orleans computer science professor Stephen Ware is the recipient of a two-year $138,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create artificial intelligence systems that integrate computer reasoning with the human art of storytelling.

WWNO’s Tech & Innovation Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Ware about his Narrative Intelligence Lab at UNO, and the challenge of teaching computers how to “think” more like human beings.

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Science & Health
11:27 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Rapid Ebola Test Developed At Tulane University Gains FDA Approval

Tulane University researchers helped discover a new rapid diagnostic test for the Ebola virus. The test gained FDA approval this week.
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This week, the Food and Drug Administration gave its stamp of approval to a new rapid test to detect the Ebola virus. The test is based on technology originally discovered at Tulane University.

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11:08 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Researchers In Baton Rouge Discover Crucial Links Between Genetics And Obesity

Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge have helped to identify 97 new genetic factors that contribute to obesity and 49 genetic markers that determine where fat is stored in the body.
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Researchers in Baton Rouge were part of a major discovery last week concerning genetics and obesity.

Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center have helped to identify 97 new genetic factors that contribute to obesity and 49 genetic markers that determine where fat is stored in the body. With more than  125 studies conducted  around the world — involving about 300,000 participants in all — it was the biggest study of the genetics of obesity that has ever been conducted.

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Business & Technology
1:46 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Can't Find That Mardi Gras Parade? This App Can Help

The WDSU-TV Parade Tracker car in front of Gallier Hall during the 2015 Krewe of Sparta parade.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Mardi Gras season is in full swing. In the last few years, two local television stations have created "parade tracker" smartphone apps to help Mardi Gras revelers identify in real time where they can catch up with the front of a parade.

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Features
7:23 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Coding Collective 'Tech Talent South' Opens A Fifth Campus In New Orleans

Tech Talent South is a collective of tech professionals, dedicated to growing the local pool of coders and developers.
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Tech Talent South is a collective of tech professionals, dedicated to growing the local pool of coders and developers. After starting up in four other cities —  Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta — the group has opened a fifth campus in New Orleans. It's teaching an 8-week coding program at the Propeller incubator in Broadmoor.

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