science

Coastal Desk
5:42 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Tulane University Gets Grant To Help Coastal Communities Prepare For Future Oil Spills

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on 24 May 2010
Credit NASA / Wikimedia Commons

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University received $1.4 million from the BP Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to fund research about impacts of the 2010 oil spill in Louisiana and Alabama. 

This three year program will focus on three coastal communities. Two areas in Louisiana and one in Alabama will be selected to study the impact of the oil spill.

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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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Features
3:03 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

'Rock Star Nurse' Fights Ebola

Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse and founder of Learn to Live. (learntoliveglobal.org)

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 9:31 am

As the threat of Ebola has left the U.S. and the story has left the headlines, people are still heading over to West Africa to fight the virus that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives.

Yanti Turang is one of those going. The indie rock band singer-turned-nurse and founder of the nonprofit LearnToLive is heading to Sierra Leone to help save lives.

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WRKF
11:11 am
Mon February 23, 2015

To Understand How the Brain Ages, Researcher Looks at the Heart

The size of a normal brain compared to one with Alzheimer's Disease

The MRI machine in Dr. Owen Carmichael's lab blares as it scans a subject's brain.  Carmichael, Director of Biomedical Imaging at Pennington Research Center, studies those scans trying to understand how the brain ages.

Carmichael explains that "what you'll see on the MRI scan is the amount of brain tissue.  And all of that brain tissue is part of that electrical circuitry that makes it possible for you to think."  As we age, our brains tend to shrink.  And as that tissue goes away, the harder it becomes to think.

He describes the young brain as a grape that's just been pulled from the vine, while "the elderly brain looks more like a raisin, in that it's deflated and smaller in size.  And the person with Alzheimer's, that 'looking like a grape' goes even further, it's extremely shriveled up."

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Features
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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Latest News
7:32 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Texas Abortion Appeal Set For Hearing In New Orleans

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans is hearing two Texas cases that are drawing local and national attention. One later Wednesday involves restrictions on abortion clinics, and another set for a hearing Friday involving same-sex marriage.

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Animal Life
1:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Animal Life: Louisiana Black Bears

Black Bears are the official state mammal of Louisiana.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

If you drive west on Highway 90 you might notice bear crossing signs. That’s right, bears.  

The large but gentle Louisiana Black Bear is our official state mammal. They were once common in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Atchafalaya Basin region, but habitat loss and over hunting have reduced the population to about 300. In 1992 they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Politics
10:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Workers with the Pebble Mine project test-drill in July 2007 in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma.
Al Grillo AP

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:00 pm

Three advocacy organizations — across ideological lines — are telling congressional investigators to back off in a probe of EPA ties to a leading environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are leading the investigation. They contend that NRDC lobbyists have exerted too much influence over EPA on the issues of carbon reduction and the proposed Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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