Science en Science Friday's Ira Flatow Talks Pocket Protectors and YouTube Hits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just as it would be difficult for TV viewers to imagine Saturdays without </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday Night Live</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it would be equally challenging for public radio listeners to contemplate Fridays without </span><a href=""><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Science Friday</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The weekly public radio show has engaged listeners and scientists in all things science, every Friday for the past 25 years and can be heard weekly on <a href="">90.5WESA from 2-4 PM</a>.</p><p>Founder and host, Ira Flatow&nbsp;is an award winning NPR host and science correspondent who spent six years writing for the Emmy-award-winning program <em>Newton’s Apple</em> on PBS as well as reporting on science for CBS.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:23:30 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30498 at Science Friday's Ira Flatow Talks Pocket Protectors and YouTube Hits Local Students Compete at World's Largest High School Science Fair <p>Can you use math to calm traffic and prescribe fish dinners to help patients with multiple sclerosis?</p><p>Those are just a couple of the questions being asked by some of the brightest high school students in the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this week.</p><p>Approximately 1,700 young scientists and engineers from nearly 70 countries are showcasing their science and engineering projects and vying for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:29:37 +0000 Liz Reid 29170 at Local Students Compete at World's Largest High School Science Fair State Awards Grant to Assess Atom Smasher Site <p>The site of the world’s first industrial atom smasher will be environmentally assessed and remediated for future development.</p><p>An $88,000 grant given to Forest Hills Borough from the state will help pay for the study of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher, the light bulb-shaped building situated near Chalfant Borough.</p><p>State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said there is a lot of work to be done before remediation can take place.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 21331 at Look Up! Comet ISON Starts Its Pass Around the Sun <p>It might not live up to its hype as the “Comet of the Century,” but Comet ISON could still light up the night sky this December.</p><p>Comet ISON — named after the Russian-based organization that discovered it in 2012 — was originally predicted by the astronomy community to possibly be as bright as the moon, giving it the title “Comet of the Century.” According to Dan Malerbo, program coordinator of the Buhl Planetarium, the three-mile wide comet has not brightened at its expected rate and now might not even survive it’s trip around the sun.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:29:39 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 20137 at Scientists Discover the Oldest-Known Fossil Primate Skeleton <p>A team of international scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of the oldest-known fossil primate skeleton, <em>Archicebus achilles, </em>uncovered in an ancient lake bed near the modern Yangtze River in China’s Hubei province.</p><p>Christopher Beard, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said the fossil’s discovery has profound implications for understanding eras of human evolution that remain shrouded in mystery.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:57:31 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 10764 at Scientists Discover the Oldest-Known Fossil Primate Skeleton Two Pittsburgh Institutions Join Forces to Host Butterfly Celebration <p>Two very different Pittsburgh icons are finding common ground in an insect.</p><p>The Carnegie Science Center and Phipps Conservatory are teaming up to host Butterfly Weekend, a two-day event that will give the public a chance to learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and natural habitat.</p><p>Susan Zimecki, director of marketing and community affairs at the <a href="">Carnegie Science Center</a>, points to a film as the inspiration behind the event.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:01:44 +0000 Michael Lynch 10334 at