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All Tech Considered
5:14 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

Cray employees put the finishing touches on Titan at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The supercomputer may be the world's fastest. It's designed to do 20 petaflops — or 20,000 trillion calculations — each second. It consumes enough electricity to power a small city of 9,000 people.
Courtesy of Nvidia

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:46 pm

The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Startup Superstars

Peter Ricchiuti, Gary Solomon and Kenneth Purcell.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

The face of New Orleans business is changing. So is the face of New Orleans itself.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch this week are the prime movers of both. Kenneth Purcell’s iSeatz creates the software that runs online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, KLM, and Orbitz. Gary Solomon Jr.’s The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome.

All Tech Considered
3:39 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Watching TV Online Often Exposes Slow Bandwidth

In much of America, the availability of online video is often frustrated by slow broadband speeds. In this 2011 photo, Valerie Houde waits for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt.
Andy Duback AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 10:20 am

There are more ways than ever to watch TV programs on the Internet, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu. But many viewers discover that watching TV on the Web can be frustrating. Their favorite show might suddenly stop, stutter and be replaced by a note that reads "buffering." The problem is lack of bandwidth: The data that is the video just can't squeeze through the wires and onto the screen.

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Music & Technology
3:20 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

You, Too, Can Print Your Own Guitar

Industrial engineer Scott Summit made this guitar out of nylon powder.
Courtesy of Scott Summit

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 5:57 pm

Though it's been around for three decades, 3-D printing has finally started to take off for manufacturing and even for regular consumers. It's being used for making airplane parts on demand and letting kids make their own toys. One designer is pushing the limits of 3-D printing by using it to make an acoustic guitar.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Inspiration on Out to Lunch

Arman Sadeghpour, Peter Ricchiuti and Sean Simone.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Inspiration is putting two things together that haven’t been put together before. For example, making toothpaste out of chocolate. Or turning your cell phone into a 650,000-volt stun gun.

Arman Sadeghpour is co-founder and CEO of Theodent, the revolutionary toothpaste that turns chocolate into the dentist’s friend, and Sean Simone is the co-founder of Yellow Jacket Case, the cell phone case that’s a stun gun.

Jefferson Parish
3:17 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Jefferson Parish launches redesigned website

Jefferson Parish has launched its redesigned government website.

The site, www.jeffparish.net, offers new, user-friendly interactive features, new online services and a design distinct to the parish.

Authorities say the homepage links visitors directly to real-time updates on area weather and traffic reports; provides live streaming video of JPTV, the parish government access channel; and a service request section which allows residents to report issues at any time of the day or night, such as street light outages.

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All Tech Considered
2:35 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Calif. Greenlights Self-Driving Cars, But Legal Kinks Linger

California Gov. Jerry Brown (front left) rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 25.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 4:56 pm

Google's self-driving robotic cars have been on the roads in California for two years, but they have been operating in a legal limbo. These cars were not explicitly forbidden, but laws governing self-driving vehicles didn't exist.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Happy Entrepreneur Season

Tim Williamson, CEO of Idea Village, has their slogan, "Trust your crazy ideas" written on his hand.
Silicon Bayou News

New Orleans used to be a place you had to leave to have a decent business career. Now it’s a place entrepreneurs move to.

This radical change in our landscape didn’t just happen, it was engineered, in large part by The Idea Village. CEO Tim Williamson joins Peter for lunch, along with Matt Wisdom, co-founder of one of New Orleans’ most successful next generation companies, Turbosquid.

Shots - Health Blog
10:17 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The 'Facebook Effect' On Organ Donation

Facebook is taking its campaign to boost organ donations to Canada and Mexico this week, four months after its premiere.

The feature allows Facebook users to tell their friends and family that they're registered organ donors. It also directs people who aren't signed up as organ donors to the official registries where they live.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:22 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

How's Your Cholesterol? The Crowd Wants To Know

Members of the online community Track Your Plaque get advice from a doctor and each other on how to cook low carb meals.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:33 pm

Our impulse to share intimate details about our lives within our social networks (and even sometimes with complete strangers) seems to know few bounds.

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