Coastal Desk
2:47 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Testing The Environment, One DIY Tool At A Time

The public lab's DIY oil testing spectrometer kit, on display at their 2015 kickoff party.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The non-profit Public Lab is an environmental organization for the DIY community. They help people monitor the health of their natural spaces with low cost kits and materials. The organization launched after the 2010 BP oil spill with the goal of  making information available to the public about that disaster. 

As the 5th anniversary of the spill approaches, Public Lab is unveiling some new techniques for getting communities to document environmental issues.

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Business & Technology
11:43 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Electric car company Tesla Motors expanding number of charging stations in Louisiana

Tesla Motors Model S.
Credit Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car company founded by technology mogul Elon Musk, has opened a new Supercharger station in Lake Charles.

Superchargers are what the company calls its proprietary charging stations. The company says the new location in Lake Charles will enable drivers of its Model S vehicles to replenish a half charge in 20 minutes.

That half charge will enable a Model S driver to travel about 150 miles. A fully-charged Model S has a range of about 265 miles, the company says.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Out To Lunch: Your Secret Life

Daryl Pfief, Ed Roy and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

When we get up and go to work each day, most of us assume that everyone else going to work is a decent person like ourselves. Even if we have competitors, our basic assumption is that they’re okay people — after all, they’re doing the same thing we are.

That’s not what going to work is like for Peter's guests on today’s Out to Lunch. For both of them, their daily occupation is all about bad or misguided people.

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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.
Kevin Chang Flickr

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.
Coolcaesar Wikimedia

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.
Sarah Decristofaro New Orleans BioInnovation Center

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
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.
Textron Systems Textron

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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Out To Lunch
12:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Out To Lunch: Expedia Express

Stan Little.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

Back in the 20th Century, when you wanted to fly somewhere you had two choices: you could call the airline and buy a ticket, or you could call a travel agent, who for some magical reason could get you the same ticket for less money.

Then along came the online travel site revolution. Now, instead of making a two minute phone call, we can spend hours, even days, comparing prices and airline schedules before buying a plane ticket.

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Latest News
4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans Shoppers Encouraged To Spend Locally On Cyber Monday

In New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.
Intel Free Press Wikimedia

Percentage-wise, New Orleans has more local businesses than most other American cities. In fact, the city has the fifth-best ratio of local to non-local businesses in the country.

So in New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.

Mark Strella is the program manager for Stay Local, a group whose mission is to raise visibility for locally owned, independent businesses. He says when people shop online with big box retailers, very little of that money trickles down to  New Orleans.

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4:55 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Artists Expand Their Reach Using Online Platforms

One New-Orleans based website, Pelican Bomb, uses its online platform to support the local art community.
Pelican Bomb

The success of the ongoing Prospect 3 biennial is proof that visual artists in New Orleans are part of a vibrant and growing community.

In recent years, local artists have been utilizing online platforms to expand the reach of their work beyond New Orleans.  

We talked with the operators of two of these online platforms, Pelican Bomb and Where Y’Art, about bridging the gap between the worlds of visual art and technology.

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