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6:19 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Energy and Innovation the Focus of 2-Day Conference

The 2nd annual Energy and Innovation Conference brings together officials from the energy industry, manufacturing, and environmental groups, to examine how all the sectors can work together. The conference also examines the country’s place in terms of oil, natural gas, and coal development.

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9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

PNC Urges Consumers to Be Vigilant, Take Steps to Stay Safe Online

With so much commerce done online, like shopping, banking, and bill paying, everyone is a potential target for cyber thieves. According the National Security Council, President Obama has declared that “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and that “America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.” Cybercrime can be big – targeting countries, but it can also affect individuals.

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Science & Technology
11:06 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Identification of Fossil Solves a Long-Time Mystery for Scientists

One of the mysteries of paleontology has persisted for more than 100 years – the classification of the Necrolestes patagonensis fossil. An international team of researchers, including Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientist John Wible, has found an answer – it’s a mammal. What it was has remained an enigma, even though three “beautiful” fossils of it were found in South America in 1891.

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8:26 am
Mon November 19, 2012

DCNR’s Interactive Online Map Now Features Pennsylvania’s Geology

Ever wonder where an earthquake could strike in Pennsylvania and its magnitude?

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has centralized that data along with information about the commonwealth's bedrock geology, waterfalls, rock formations and other features into the interactive geographic information systems map (GIS).

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Science & Technology
8:53 am
Mon November 12, 2012

"Spaceplace" Will Offer Look Into Life Of An Astronaut

The International Space Station is coming to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh in the form of a new permanent exhibit.  The new “Spaceplace” will feature hands-on simulated experiments and a real-life replica of the International Space Station (ISS).

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8:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Effect of Hurricane Sandy on Migratory Birds

In the past, hurricanes have blown migrating birds from the East Coast all the way to the Great Lakes and into Canada, according to Peg Abbott, owner of Naturalist Journeys.  As Sandy hit, she said the warblers and smaller birds had already gotten where they were going, and it was the eagles, hawks and larger birds of prey who were on the move.

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Science & Technology
4:17 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Change Your Batteries When You Change Your Clocks

Public safety officials in Pittsburgh are encouraging residents to participate in the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” program. In efforts to promote fire safety in the home, residents are encouraged to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they turn the clocks back early Sunday Morning November 4.

Colleen Walz, the Deputy Chief of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau, said technological improvements have greatly helped the program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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10:18 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Underground Lab at Pitt to Take Computing into the Future

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Stretching beyond the limits of traditional computing is the ultimate goal of researchers using new facilities at the University of Pittsburgh. A set of isolated laboratories will allow them to look at materials that show promise for quantum computing.

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6:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Low Reservoir Levels, Nearby Snowfall Helped Lessen Flooding Risk from Sandy

Aside from a few wind gusts and steady rain, Pittsburgh was spared from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.  With the worst of the storm now behind us, officials are breathing a sigh of relief.  Initially, it was feared the excessive rains would mean heavy flooding in the Pittsburgh region, but less rain over the summer helped the situation.

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7:26 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Four Nuclear Power Plants Will Remain Operational During Hurricane Sandy

Despite Hurricane Sandy’s projected path through Pennsylvania, four nuclear power plants in the storm's path will remain operational throughout the duration of the storm. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending additional inspectors to monitor facilities in Dauphin, York, Luzerne, and Chester counties.

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4:43 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Carnegie Science Center To Host First-Ever Great Pumpkin Smash

What do you do with a jack-o’-lantern after Halloween is over? How about rolling it off the roof of the Carnegie Science Center!

The first ever Great Pumpkin Smash will feature explosive pumpkin-related demos throughout the day and is free with paid general admission.

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4:51 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Duquesne Speaker Says America’s Most Trusted Foundations Led Fight for Eugenics

The Rockefeller, Russel Sage, and Carnegie Foundations were some of the biggest supporters of the eugenics movement and they need to apologize for the repercussions of their advocacy, according to William Schambra.

Schambra, the director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renwal, spoke at Duquesne University’s third annual Pascal Day Wednesday night with a focus on large philanthropic orginizations’ past support for the eugenics movement.

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7:35 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Researchers: When Predicting-Go with Your Feelings

Wondering whether the Dow Jones will make a jump in the next week? How about what the weather will be like? One study is saying you should trust your gut.

A research team comprised of professors from the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University has found that when people trust their feelings, they can more accurately predict the outcomes of future events.

Researchers, through eight studies, asked people to predict outcomes including the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee, the score of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the winner of “American Idol.”

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6:56 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Building Life from Basic Blocks Focus of Weekend Event

Some of the best scientist on the Eastern Seaboard will gather in Pittsburgh this weekend to show off their efforts to build new synthetic organisms.  The “jamboree” is part of the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. 

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7:37 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

CMU Robot Will Mine the Moon in 2015

Ten years ago, the theory that there is water on the moon was not widely believed in the scientific community. Now, after a 2010 NASA discovery of ice in the moon's polar regions, Carnegie Mellon University and a spinoff company have designed a robot to gather the water -- and whatever else it can find in the lunar soil.

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7:35 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Human Workers Can Learn From Ants And Bees

How bees, wasps, and ants think, and how that heightens their work efficiency is the focus of a discussion Monday at Carnegie Science Center at 7 p.m.

“The Wisdom Of The Bee: How To Organize A Team When No One Knows What She Is Doing” will show how these swarm insects have one of the most successful workforces on the planet, despite every single worker not knowing all of the information required to normally make a decision.

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7:35 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Pitt Engineer Working With Homeland Security On Laser Technology

The Mars Rover Curiosity recently used a high-powered laser beam to blast and analyze a Martian rock. 140 million miles away, an engineer at the University of Pittsburgh is working with the Department of Homeland Security to improve that technology to make Earth safer.

The blasting method used by Curiosity that employs a beam of light is called laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), which can detect the composition of soils and rocks without ever touching them.

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7:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

New Business Partnership Recycling Plastic Liners From Marcellus Drilling Sites

One of the "byproducts" of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry is tons and tons of used well pad liners.  Now two companies have begun collecting and recycling the plastic liners from drilling sites throughout the Marcellus region.

WellSpring Environmental Services in Orwigsburg, PA and Ultra-Poly Corporation in Portland, PA hope to take at least 20 million pounds of plastic per year out of the waste stream.

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7:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

CEA Selects Pittsburgh To Host Energy And Manufacturing Summit

Prominent government, business, and labor leaders gather in Pittsburgh today to discuss the importance of investing in the energy and manufacturing industries as part of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) 2012 Pennsylvania Energy and Manufacturing Summit.

Mike Mikus, Executive Director of the CEA Mid-Atlantic region, said this meeting will be similar to the Colorado and Gulf Coast Energy Summits, which were held in February and March.

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10:35 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Drake Oil Museum Get Facelift

In 1859, the country's first commercial oil well was drilled by Colonel Edwin Drake, near Titusville, north of Pittsburgh. Soon the country's first oil rush ensued. More than 150 years later, Pennsylvania has another kind of drilling boom at hand, this time for natural gas. And in the middle of this boom, one museum unveiled a new exhibit that wants us to take a good look back. The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier went to Titusville for an up-close look at the Drake Well Museum, which tries to connect our energy past to our energy present and future.

Science & Technology
7:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Beyond The (Planetarium) Stars

Beginning on September 22, visitors to the Buhl Planetarium at the Carnegie Science Center will be able to do more than look at stars, but it will take some work to get there.

Between September 4 and 21, the planetarium will be closed for renovation. Among the renovations being made to the Planetarium is new lighting, which Planetarium program development coordinator Robert Marshall says will be outfitted with green LED bulbs that are the brightest on the market.

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7:17 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Robot Hall of Fame Voting Open to the Public

Twelve robots in four groups are competing for a place in the Robot Hall of Fame, and for the first time the public is allowed to vote on nominees in Education and Consumer, Entertainment, Industrial and Service, and Research categories. A pool of more than 100 international scientists and experts nominated the contenders which include every thing from a kit for designing and building robots in schools, to Rosie - the maid robot in the Jetsons.

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12:44 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Linkage Between Stress Disorder and Concussions Found

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh found a link between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and concussions.

Dr.  Anthony Kontos, of Assistant Research Director for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program said the study involved more than 27,000 U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) personnel.  

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8:09 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

"Tech Belt" Recieves Federal Grant To Boost Manufacturing And Job Creation

A $30 million Defense Department grant has been awarded to a new public-private partnership that includes manufacturers from Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio and West Virginia.  The funds will promote advanced manufacturing technology in the region.

to develop an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (AMII). The institute will create a plan to promote additive manufacturing technology, advance innovation, and create a workforce capable on meeting industry needs.

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7:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Arts, Crafts, & Robots: New Kit Brings Technology to Classrooms

Most teachers are preparing for the upcoming school year by organizing markers, pencils, and notebooks, but others will spend the next few weeks fiddling with wires, sensors and motherboards. Dozens of teachers across the region will help their students build robots this fall with the new “Hummingbird” robotics craft kit created by a local startup company.

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