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5:08 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Republicans Embrace Technology In Louisiana Senate Race

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Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is a central battleground in the Republican Party's national drive to catch up to the Democrats' data collection know-how that helped power President Barack Obama to two terms.

This year, with control of the Senate at stake, Republicans are depending on paid interns and volunteers to help it close the technology gap.

Party organizers have started a door-knocking effort to gather data that can be fed into a mobile phone app and uploaded to a central database for harvesting later.

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Business & Technology
5:06 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Cox Doubles Internet Speed For Some Louisiana Customers

Cox Communications is doubling Internet speeds for about 75 percent of its customers across Louisiana this week.
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Cox Communications says it’s doubling Internet speeds for about 75 percent of customers across Louisiana this week.

On Tuesday, the changes went into effect in New Orleans. Wednesday they will be rolled out to Baton Rouge and Acadiana.

A company spokesperson tells Times Picayune the higher speeds will not come with a higher bill. Prices for service will stay the same.

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8:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Louisiana Scientists Awarded $6 Million To Study Smart Polymers

Researchers from universities in Louisiana and Mississippi were awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation to study smart polymers.
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Fourteen researchers from a coalition of universities in Louisiana and Mississippi have been awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation.

The scientists are part of a consortium of universities working on developing smart polymers.

Smart polymers are materials that can react to the environment — like a self-healing artificial joint, or a heart valve that can resist bacterial growth.

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Latest News
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Jambalaya For 100? No Problem.

Cooking huge quantities of jambalaya is more complicated than it looks. Jay Grush crowdsourced and created the Jambalaya Calculator to help cooks scale up jambalaya recipes up to 25 gallons.
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A good cook can spend years getting the flavor and seasoning in a single pot of jambalaya just right.

But when there are lots of portions to serve — like a tailgate party or big family gathering — scaling up a classic and complicated recipe like jambalaya can get tricky.

That’s where Jay Grush comes in. Grush goes by the name “StadiumRat” on an LSU sports message board called A few years ago, he started a dialogue with other food aficionados on the site’s Food and Drink discussion board.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Out To Lunch: I.P.Eaux

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Rick Lineberger

In the New Orleans entrepreneurial community there’s a conversation that comes up fairly regularly. It’s speculation about who’s going to be the first company in the new wave of startups to break out. To hit the big time. To be our version of Google, Facebook, or Twitter.

Two of the company names that surface near the top of everybody’s list are Federated Sample and 365 Connect.

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Red River Radio
9:13 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Shreveport-based Pandabit collects e-waste for fundraising

A Shreveport-based electronics recycling business has created a fundraising model for organizations to make money from e-waste deposited in recycling receptacles.

Pandabit CEO John-Scott Thompson says his “feed the panda” campaigns are catching on. He has five employees who are running two campaigns a week. Thompson splits proceeds with an organization 50-50.

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4:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Massive New Construction Tool For NASA, Built In New Orleans

Engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility transfer a 22-foot-tall barrel section of the SLS core stage from the Vertical Weld Center. The barrel section will be used for the liquid hydrogen tank, which helps power the rocket out of Earth's orbit.
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A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.

The 170-foot-tall structure is called the Vertical Assembly Center. It will play a key role in construction of "Space Launch System" rockets.

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Tech & Innovation
4:49 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

LSU Innovation Park Opens New Prototyping Center

The LSU Business & Technology Center has acquired a Stratasys 3-D printer for use in its new prototyping center.
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Some famous ideas may have been launched from a single idea scribbled on a napkin – but for start-up companies looking for funding to take an idea off of the paper and into the world of real products, prototyping is an important step.

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5:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Uber Car Service Allowed To Operate In New Orleans

The New Orleans City Council cleared the way for mobile ride app Uber to operate in the city with a 4-3 vote Thursday.
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After a long campaign to get permission to operate in New Orleans, the Uber car service app will become available for use locally  -- with a minimum fare of $15.

The City Council cleared the way for Uber’s operation with a 4-3 vote on Thursday.

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Red River Radio
9:06 am
Thu August 28, 2014

IBM, other tech firms search high and low for native Louisianan techies

A handful of tech firms in the process of hiring hundreds of high-tech workers held an interview event Wednesday in Shreveport.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:00 am

A handful of companies that are hiring hundreds of tech workers were handpicked to participate in a hiring event Wednesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Officials with Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program called FastStart put on a digital jobs interview event for companies like IBM, CGI and CenturyLink.

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