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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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Red River Radio
9:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Many, La., engineer in running for USAID's Desal Prize

Hill Kemp, 74, began tinkering with solar still technology in his backyard seven years ago.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:31 pm

A company started by a retired engineer from Many, Louisiana, Suns River Technology, is one of eight research groups in the world nominated for the Desal Prize, announced this month.

Hill Kemp, 74, uses solar still technology to purify brackish groundwater and make it safe for drinking.

This competition was set up by USAID, in partnership with the governments of Sweden and The Netherlands. The teams must produce enough water for a farm family in the Jordanian desert.

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WRKF
3:55 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Mouth Guard Records When Players' Heads Rattle

An i1 Biometrics concussion-detecting mouth guard in its charging cradle.

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:36 am

To keep a better eye on head injuries in the past, the LSU football team has had concussion detectors installed in players’ helmets. This season, LSU became the first team in the NCAA to try high-tech mouth guards to measure hits.


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Latest News
11:06 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NASA Partners With UNO To Host 'Space Day' For Middle School Students

Approximately 150 middle school students from five area schools participated in UNO Space Day 2014, which culminated Thursday afternoon with a model rocket launch.
University of New Orleans UNO

Seventh and eighth graders participated in the very first UNO Space Day on Thursday. The event was co-hosted by NASA, Boeing Company, the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), and Jacobs Technology.

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Business & Technology
6:22 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

International Supercomputer Experts Meet In New Orleans

The Olympus Supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Computer experts from around the world are meeting this week in New Orleans for the annual Supercomputing Conference, or SC14.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL Flickr

Computer experts from around the world are meeting this week in New Orleans for the annual Supercomputing Conference, or SC14.

This year, the conference has a clear focus: HPC matters. HPC is high performance computing, which organizers say is “making the world better” through innovation.  

Wilfred Pinfold is the HPC matters chair. He says supercomputers can help solve problems in health care and finance, and in issues important to New Orleaneans — like weather prediction and climate modeling.

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Business & Technology
6:18 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Video Game Industry Salaries In Louisiana Are About $88K Per Year

Louisiana’s computer and video game industry paid workers more than $14 million in 2012, according to a study released Tuesday by the Washington, DC-based Entertainment Software Association.
Steve Petrucelli Flickr

The video game industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. One of the biggest gaming trade groups, Washington, DC-based Entertainment Software Association, released a report Tuesday about the economic impact of the computer and video game industries in each state.

Louisiana’s computer and video game industry paid workers more than $14 million in 2012, according to the study.

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Features
4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Retailers In New Orleans Are Warming Up To Bitcoin

At Davids Antiques in the French Quarter, there is bitcoin memorabilia everywhere. One whole display under glass is devoted to bitcoin-themed souvenirs, like cufflinks and lapel pins.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin don’t enjoy widespread use yet. It turns out, most retail stores and consumers still prefer good old fashioned paper money.

But the currency is catching on with a few mavericks around the globe — including some innovative business owners right here in New Orleans.

At a few local stores, customers can open their virtual Bitcoin wallets to buy everything from antique jewelry and furniture — to french fries and po-boys.

Innovation and technology reporting on WWNO is supported by Bellwether Technology.

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Red River Radio
9:08 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Shreveport startup SkyRunner sets up shop in former GM plant

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:12 am

A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

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Business & Technology
7:05 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Google Names Mandeville The State's 'Most Wired' Business Community

Google has named Mandeville the most wired business community in Louisiana for the second year in a row, NOLA.com reports.

Google’s annual “eCity Award” recognizes the strongest online business communities around the country. A number of factors determined the winning cities, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website.

In a news release, a Google representative called Mandeville “a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress.”

Technology
2:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Innovator Profile: Community Plates of New Orleans

Community Plates of New Orleans uses technology and local volunteers to deliver food to the hungry.
Billy Brown Flickr

As New Orleans continues to build its reputation as a hub for innovation and new technologies, WWNO’s Technology Desk seeks to highlight innovators who are finding novel solutions to some of the city’s most important issues.

Innovations Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Lauren Rudzis of Community Plates, a nonprofit that is tapping into the resources of the food and restaurant community in New Orleans to find a new system to deliver food to the hungry.

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