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At Least One Dead After Hotel Partially Collapses in New Orleans

Portions of an under-construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans collapsed Saturday, killing at least one person and trapping several contractors inside according to local reports. Read More >>

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Jaguar Escapes New Orleans Zoo Enclosure, Kills At Least Seven Other Animals Before Capture

A three-year-old male jaguar named Valerio escaped its enclosure at New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo on Saturday and was successfully sedated and captured, but not before it managed to maul and kill several alpacas, an emu, and a fox, CNN reported. Read More >>

environment
NASA’s Rocket Facility in New Orleans Ravaged By Tornadoes

Earlier today, a series of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms bulldozed through southern Louisiana, leaving devastation in their wake. East New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, experienced major damage as a result, including NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Early reports from NASA indicate 10 people have sustained minor injuries. Read More >>

environment
The Haunting Weather Statement That Saved Lives During Hurricane Katrina

Most of us don’t think much of the daily weather statements that meteorologists make every single day. Until there’s a natural disaster, of course. But a forecast issued as Hurricane Katrina slammed into the the Gulf states ten years agomade history for its eloquence—and changed the way forecasts are written. Read More >>

design
The Tricentennial Tower is Like the Seattle Space Needle With Gondolas

US Thrill Rides, the company that plans to bring us the world's tallest roller coaster, has just unveiled designs for its latest project: The Tricentennial Tower, a 320-foot tall structure that looks like the Seattle Space Needle with a gondola ride slapped on. Read More >>

cars
The World as Seen by a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps — much better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific distance to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road. Read More >>

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Watch 850 People Fall Over to Break the Human Mattress Domino World Record

A group of 850 mattress-equipped people have set a new world record for the human-attached mattress domino effect. The New Orleans-based stunt took a full nine-minutes for all the dominos to topple, but beat out the previous record holders in Spain with just 526 bedders. Read More >>