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Test site’s inaugural drone flight ends with a thud
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Magpie has seen better days. The orange unmanned aircraft was set to fly over the state’s most powerful leaders and a slice of desert today in Boulder City to commemorate the beginning of a new drone testing program. But just 10 feet after leaving ...
Las Vegas company could print your next car
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
It’s here, just blocks away from the smoky casinos of Fremont Street and the Las Vegas Strip, where you’ll find the company responsible for the world’s first 3-D-printed car.
Move over, Zappos: There’s another online retailer in town
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Trend Nation is Las Vegas’ own e-commerce site, selling everything from wallets to bags to goblets decorated with plastic jewels. So far this year, the company has generated more than $19 million in revenue.
The sky’s the limit
What you need to know before flying a drone
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Drones are bringing science-fiction technology to Southern Nevadans’ fingertips, but the new frontier of unmanned aerial systems comes with a host of questions.
Are you in Las Vegas? You may be surprised
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Just because you’re strolling down the Strip, doesn’t mean you’re in Las Vegas. When Las Vegas incorporated in 1911, landowners could choose to remain unaffiliated with the new city. That’s why today, most of the Strip — from Sahara Avenue to Mandalay Bay — sits in unincorporated Clark County. You’d think most locals would know that, but ...
CCSD students take a crack at coding with Disney-inspired lesson
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
The program is meant to introduce students to the basics of how coding works without bogging them down with complex terms and language.
New website gathers information for hunters in the West
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
Lorenzo Sartini’s provides maps, reviews and more, and hopes soon to be able to streamline the tag-buying process ...
Innovation everywhere: UNLV engineering students show off futuristic prototypes
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
More than 30 engineering teams presented their inventions, boasting everything from a sensor system built to keep track of toilet paper and soap to a wheelchair controlled by the electricity under a person’s scalp to a device that simply cools down hot coffee ...
Startup ‘Shield Your Body’ wants to save you from your cellphone
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Products like Shield Your Body's are part of a growing trend as more and more people are becoming wary of cellphones’ effects on health.
Gifts for gadget lovers: Check out these five Cyber Monday steals
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
If you missed your chance to snag that perfect, discounted gift on Black Friday, don’t worry.
Las Vegas startup lets you buy someone a drink from anywhere with Internet connection
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Now you can send gifts with a few swipes across the face of a smartphone. And in Las Vegas there’s a company hoping to make the practice easier for gifters while driving more business to the local economy ...
Need a swimsuit? delivers in 60 minutes or less
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
You might call it a "bikini on demand" — and it's already happening at some of Las Vegas’ most popular day clubs. Las Vegas-based lifestyle blog and bikini dealer spent last summer doing business at pop-up stands at XS, Encore and the Pool at the Palms. Company heads say that list might grow ...
UNR professor thinks GPS may be the key to finding dark matter
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Their idea is built on the premise that dark matter might be organized as a large, gas-like collection of “energy cracks,” or kinks in the fabric of space. The scientists think they can ...
Sony mum on leaked smartphone pics before Consumer Electronics Show
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
A series of leaked photographs allegedly showing the LCD touch screen of an unreleased Sony smartphone have fueled the rumor mill surrounding next year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas ...
How should Nevada avoid a major STEM-skills shortage? 5 expert takeaways
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
“What we have is a growing crisis that I really don’t think the state has really accepted as a serious problem, and until that happens, it’s gonna be pretty hard to solve ...
Local tech leaders say problems outlined in Brookings STEM report come as no surprise
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The study’s findings were simple: While Southern Nevada has a wealth of jobs in STEM fields, locals just don’t have the education or skills to get hired. The report notes that there are three Nevada business sectors bound to offer an influx of STEM jobs in the near future: health and medical services, business and IT and high-tech manufacturing ...
Las Vegas startup Banjo can identify major world events long before they’re reported
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Founded in 2011, its engineers use a complex, self-learning algorithm to collect photographs shared publicly on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The mission of Banjo’s engineers is to create something of a worldwide heatmap, detecting areas buzzing with an abnormal increase in social network activity ...
Specialty pharmacy to create 350 permanent jobs in Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Officials broke ground today on a $23 million pharmaceutical facility at UNLV’s Harry Reid Research and Technology Park. The planned two-story, 110,000-square-foot facility represents a bright spot in ...
Las Vegas startup JusCollege wants to plan your spring break
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
On any given day, you’ll hear electronic dance music emanating from stereo speakers, forcing the buttoned-up officials at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance to close their doors upstairs. From the balcony of the LVGEA offices ...
Downtown Project shows off Oasis boutique hotel
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The Downtown Project has entered the hotel business. The $350 million campaign to transform the once-blighted area around East Fremont Street now includes a 44-room boutique hotel ...
Phone provider CenturyLink to plug into Switch’s data fortress
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The region’s dominant telephone provider is setting up shop at Switch’s 1.7 million-square-foot SUPERNAP data center. As part of a business agreement announced Monday, customers of CenturyLink will now have access to ...
Experts, enthusiasts weigh in on evolving drone landscape
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
For the average citizen, the world of unmanned aerial systems — or drones — is a scary one. A whirlwind of questions about safety and privacy has defined the public debate about drones ...
High-tech company Switch considering expanding in Nevada
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
High-tech company Switch is searching for a new location to expand its rapidly growing collection of data centers with a new 2 million-square-foot technology campus. And it might land in Nevada. The data solutions and technology company ...
Whether in magic or business, relevancy, communication count, David Copperfield says
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
What do a young entrepreneur and an illusionist have in common? Ask David Copperfield, the world-renowned master of illusion, and he’ll tell you the jobs are very much the same: from a demand to push limits to ...
Hsieh clarifies role at Downtown Project in wake of ‘crazy headlines’
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Following a presentation on his downtown empire at a Las Vegas startup convention Monday, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh took a few minutes to “clear the air” about ...
What happens in downtown Las Vegas now, after layoffs?
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Although Tony Hsieh says his role with Downtown Project will not change, the community’s reaction to the possibility of his exit raised an important question: Just how reliant is downtown Las Vegas on Hsieh? Turmoil in the organization has left some business owners wondering about ...
IBM city expert talks Las Vegas tech
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Michael Dixon wants Las Vegas to be a smarter city — and he hopes to give local leaders some insight to make it happen.
Community ponders the ripple effect of Downtown Project shake-up
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Following the layoff of 30 Downtown Project employees Tuesday, entrepreneurs downtown are left with mixed feelings about the future of the fledgling tech corridor. The restructuring of the $350-million transformation campaign to revitalize and expand downtown Las Vegas comes more than three years after the program's inception. Its mission aimed to zap new life into the city's struggling urban core and create ...
Entrepreneurs, pursuing a prize, bring big ideas to Las Vegas competition
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
A handful of Las Vegas-based startup companies got a rare chance on Thursday to pitch polished business plans to a judge’s panel for a bid to win a prize package worth ...
Online gaming hasn’t lived up to its hype
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Initial projections were optimistic, but the reality has been that the revenue produced by Internet poker sites has been basically negligible, though some remain bullish on the prospects ...
Ruvo Center: We are not meeting the challenge of curing Alzheimer’s disease
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The center set out this year to analyze all clinical trials of drugs tested on Alzheimer’s patients in the United States. The researchers' findings: only 244 drugs have been ...
Ride the High Roller wheel for under $20; prices dropped for summer
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tickets to ride the world’s tallest observation wheel now carry a cheaper, summertime price tag. When the High Roller at the Linq opened in late March, tickets ranged from $24.99 to $59.99. Here’s a look at the new summertime rates, which run through Sept. 1 ...
Is gambling being spread too far?
Sunday, June 22, 2014
New opportunities to gamble create new gamblers — and, in turn, new problem gamblers. So is it wise to unleash gambling on every state in the nation rather than contain it to just a few places where it can be controlled?
Humble hot dog still has some magic left on the Strip
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Cheap eats are increasingly difficult to find in Las Vegas, but there are still inexpensive frankfurters to be found, especially for sports fans.
What now? Three mass shootings in a week leave communities wondering how to react
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The murders of two police officers and a shopper at Wal-Mart are only the most recent examples of public killings, part of a troubling national trend that has left communities wondering how to...
Food fight: Why we have so many markets
Sunday, June 1, 2014
There are more than 150 grocery stores in Southern Nevada vying for shoppers’ dollars. It’s a competitive market, but it may not have reached its saturation point. As with any transient city, new residents bring with them preferences from home. There’s something for everyone, so most markets serve a particular slice of ...
Bitcoin isn’t worth the headache
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Given that you can use bitcoins at a Las Vegas It seems the quirky trend is here to stay no matter how many skeptics hem and haw. The fortunes of this magical currency can rise and fall on a whim, and because it’s not backed by a central bank, prudent economists advise against gambling real, hard-earned dollars on it.
Your brain in 10 years
Breakthroughs in cognitive health are coming, and Las Vegas researchers are behind the push
Sunday, May 18, 2014
If the dreams of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health come true, the brain will be at the top of people’s mind in 10 years. We’ll wake up at dawn to hit the gym for an hour before packing up a healthy lunch and heading to work. We’ll make sure to get brain scans, even if we show no symptoms of disease, to check for toxic proteins that can fuel debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s. We’ll teach our kids about the brain and how important it is to maintain. For the past five years, the minds at the Ruvo Center have been...
Why China loves Las Vegas
Far East investors and visitors are changing the valley, Strip to suburbs
Sunday, May 11, 2014
They’re buying into Las Vegas like never before.

They’re pumping cash into major resort projects and big stage productions on the Strip and they’re purchasing single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods. Who are they? Chinese investors. And they’re propelling Las Vegas’ recovery from the recession. They are quietly helping to bankroll the $415-million SLS Las Vegas, a nightclub-themed resort set to replace the Rat Pack stomping grounds of the Sahara and...

You won’t believe what Sheldon Adelson said this time
Friday, May 9, 2014
Less than a week after spouting off about online gambling to a crowd at UNLV, Las Vegas Sands Corp. boss Sheldon Adelson stepped out from behind the curtain to speak again. This time, the GOP super-donor …
Cha-ching! This is reel nostalgia
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Are you a gambler who prefers getting your hands a little dirty? Well, you can still play old coin slots ...
The right billionaire could save Cosmopolitan
Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Cosmopolitan hasn't made money since it opened, but analysts say this could be a ripe opportunity to make an improvement and become a competitor on the Strip ...
Despite blowback, militiamen stand their ground with rancher Cliven Bundy
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Cliven Bundy’s racist comments about African-Americans and slavery in a New York Times story have not deterred scores of militiamen. They say ...
With a wink and nod, activist plans BundyFest! to protest rancher Cliven Bundy
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bunkerville could be the site of a monthlong anti-Bundy festival dubbed BundyFest! At least, that’s what organizer, activist and author Sean Shealy is promoting on the Internet. The BundyFest! logistics seem...
The world through militia eyes
Domestic terrorists? Heroes? Who are the armed men who invaded Nevada?
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Militiamen descended on Bunkerville from all over the nation to help Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy reclaim his cattle from the federal agency that had rounded some of them up because Bundy had not paid grazing fees for more than 20 years. We got a close-up view of their encampment.
Guinness confirms another world record for Las Vegas
Friday, April 18, 2014
The High Roller now has a page in the “Guinness World Records” book as the world’s tallest observation wheel. At 550 feet tall, the wheel is bigger than …
Citing safety concerns, BLM calls off cattle roundup
Feds release all cows gathered
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The campaign to round up Cliven Bundy’s cattle has been canceled. The Bureau of Land Management announced today that federal agents would conclude their one-month operation to seize the 900 cattle roaming on federally owned land about 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Additionally, federal land managers confirmed ...
Q+A: Behind the Bundy, BLM battle
Friday, April 11, 2014
The complex case of Cliven Bundy raises questions about grazing permits, tortoises and ranchers’ rights.
Militiamen make their presence felt in protest of BLM’s livestock grab
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The militiamen rolled in to draw a line in the dirt. About 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas, they set up camp on a sun-baked patch of land next to a bend in the Virgin River, keeping supplies ...
How one ad campaign changed the face of Las Vegas
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Five words changed everything: "What happens here, stays here." It’s a slogan unlike any other in the history of advertising. At a time when tourism had taken a hit nationwide, a city so dependent on other people spending their money here needed something to bring it back. The campaign was...

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