Carnegie Science Center

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The city of Zumala sits on the Nile Delta. Edible mushrooms feed on plastic waste and plants filter the water for residents and businesses. Suspended tubular trains carry the city’s 300,000 people from place to place, high above the buildings.

The fictional city cost less than $100 to build and was designed by 10 middle-schoolers.

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It may be the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find anything fun to do! WESA’s Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh have you covered for a weekend full of fashionable – and tropical outings.

NASA

Humans have had a greater impact on the Earth than any other species in history.

“I mean, you can see it from space,” said Steve Tonsor, director of science and research at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “If you see images from space at night, you see all the lights of human activities. That is really a sign of our consuming fossil fuels and turning them into light energy. If you see the images from space during the day, you see the vast acreages of land that humans have manipulated.”

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We may not be ready for the snow yet, but WESA’s Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson of the PA Environmental Council and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh have you covered for a snow-inspired weekend.

You can kick off the weekend at the Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night holiday party on Friday. In addition to music, drinks and the usual, you can even make fake snow (or is it artificial snow? We digress …) You can also learn about Christmas light circuits – pesky burned out bulbs no more!

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We’re back from the holiday! WESA’s Sarah Kovash, Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh and Josh Raulerson of the PA Environmental Council took a two-week hiatus to stuff their faces, find the best pizza costumes and relax. So now, we’ve got all the local happenings to get you ready for the holidays … or holidaze, as Rachel puts it.

 Election Day is over and you deserve a fun weekend. How about some chocolate, drinks and shopping? WESA’s Sarah Kovash, Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel and Josh Raulerson are here to fill you in on the weekend activities you need to know!

Greta, Josh’s daughter, joined WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel for Social Club. Hear about the fun events going on in Pittsburgh this weekend and learn some words of wisdom from Greta.  

    The truth is out there and WESA’s Josh and Sarah are putting on their Mulder and Scully hats to let you know all the weird things happening in Pittsburgh. They want you to join them in their investigations of the weird and paranormal. Do you choose to join them? They are without the help of Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel this week but no fears, WESA’s Megan Harris is here to join you in tracking down the strange and odd this weekend.

Cue the X-Files theme music and let’s begin.

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The Perseid meteor shower is back for its annual mid-summer show, but with more force this year.

Stargazers can catch a glimpse of 100 to 150 meteors – remnants of the Swift Tuttle comet – flying by Earth every hour when celestial activity peaks between late Thursday evening and early Friday. The annual pass usually takes place each year from mid-July to mid-August. 

“All of these little particles of rock burn up in our atmosphere and put on a pretty spectacular show,” said Charissa Sedor, planetarium producer of the Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium.

    

    Nothing divides us more than the debate over if cargo shorts are acceptable apparel or not. We here at Social Club are ready to put a stop to that debate and say once and for all that, fine, you can wear cargo shorts. No more judgment. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to let you know all the places you can wear your cargo shorts this weekend.

Did you know nearly 42 percent of Americans don’t use their vacation days? We are constantly working and it’s hard to fit in some “me” time.  If you're feeling stressed at the office and need to wind down a bit, this week’s Social Club is for you. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to fill you in on all the weekend’s relaxing activities.

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The Fab Lab at the Carnegie Science Center is using its 3-D printer to make prosthetic hands. The “e-Nable the Future” program allowed visitors to take part in a workshop utilizing this technology. Essential Pittsburgh producer Marcus Charleston attended the workshop.

The Remake Learning series is a collaboration of 90.5 WESA, WQED, Pittsburgh Magazine and NEXTpittsburgh.

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Advances in 3-D printing are making prosthetic limbs more affordable and easier to acquire.

A global community called e-Nabling the Future is making low-cost prosthetic hands across the world. A traditional prosthetic limb can cost a person thousands of dollars, but the hands produced by e-Nabling, are free.

    It’s National Burger Month. Yes, it is also National Bike Month. America is really into theming months right now. That’s completely fine with us, because it inspires exciting events all around the city. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here for all your burger-eating needs.

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Carnegie Science Center visitors can check out the USGA's "American Golf History-Coming To Life" experience in Highmark Sportsworks. We'll talk with Eric Steighner about the custom golf simulator that allows visitors to try hitting a golf ball with period-specific clubs from the 1930's to the modern era.  

    Happy Tax Day. That refund check is in the mail so now it is time to put it to good use by going out and enjoying all the fun events in Pittsburgh. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to tell you how to spend that cash.

Order! Order! It’s time for Social Club. If you are like WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel,  you have been watching way too much Netflix, so it’s time to go out and explore all the fun things going on in the city. You can always watch Making a Murderer and Jessica Jones when you get back.

    We are fast approaching the holidays. Just seven days away and only 368 days until next year’s Christmas. You should probably start shopping now…

This week, Digital Editor/Producer Sarah joins WESA’s Josh and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel in discussing all the many events leading up to the holidays! 

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North Allegheny High School sophomore Mason Blackburn wanted Alex the Lion to escape the zoo, but it wasn't that simple.

The team hit a few roadblocks along the way, he said. Levers overcomplicated the motions, so they tried a simpler pulley system. It took a lot of trial and error, Blackburn said.

"We certainly learned a lot," he said. "We had several of these swinging hooks and each hook would transfer energy to the next hook. Eventually that was too complicated."

Aboard The USS Requin

Nov 20, 2015
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The USS Requin will be open for tours again on Saturday after being closed for over two months for repairs. The submarine was commissioned in April of 1945 in the closing days of World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary since it began its service and the 25th year since it arrived at the Carnegie Science Center in 1990. We'll take a tour with submarine coordinator Maria Renzelli.

Reflecting On The Design Of Peter Muller-Munk

Nov 20, 2015
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Peter Muller-Munk, a German immigrant to Pittsburgh, rose from being a relatively obscure silver smith to one of the top designers of consumer products in the 20th century. The Carnegie Museum of Art will be telling his story in a new exhibit titled “Silver to Steel.” Rachel Delphia, co-curator of Silver to Steel,  joins us to talk about the exhibit and the works of Muller-Munk.

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A Vincent van Gogh painting vs. a T-rex vs. the USS Requin submarine vs. Andy Warhol’s “Flowers.”

After 120 years, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are finally going to duel it out… in the form of an online survey.

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The Carnegie Science Center has selected ten local school districts to become partners with its Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway program.

The ten-member “cohort” consists of the Allegheny Valley, Avonworth, Baldwin-Whitehall, Bethel Park, Elizabeth Forward, Montour, Plum Borough, Shaler Area and West Allegheny school districts, as well as the A.W. Beattie Career Center.

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Pittsburgh will witness a rare lunar eclipse Sunday.

The "superblood" moon will feature a rare marriage of several lunar phenomena: a harvest moon, which occurs in the late summer or fall; a supermoon, much closer to the Earth at about 225,000 miles away; and a blood moon, noted by its red-copper coloring during the eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes within the Earth’s shadow. It's regarded as safer to view than a solar eclipse, which requires indirect viewing to prevent damage to the observer’s eyes.

It's Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Visit one of over 80 participating restaurants now through Sunday for good food, specialty cocktails and possible discounts. But make sure to make a reservation at your favorite participating restaurant or check out a smaller place you've been dying to try.

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  On second pass, 4-year-old Neyra Mesic was ready.

“I want a worm,” Mesic said, pulling her thumb from her mouth. She tugged on teacher Wendy Brenneman’s red canvas blouse. “I can do it now.”

Brenneman set a wriggly, brown garden worm on a damp paper towel next to Mesic. Like all the preschoolers attending summer camp Wednesday at the Carnegie Science Center, Brenneman warned her, “We like worms; be gentle.”

Although they often go unnoticed, snails perform vital functions for the ecosystem, such as feeding squirrels and providing calcium in the shells of bird eggs.

The snail and its fellow mollusks will be the center of talk Monday at the Carnegie Science Center by Tim Pearce, assistant curator of mollusks at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Passing Pluto: What We Know About The 'Dwarf Planet'

Jul 14, 2015
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This morning NASA's New Horizons space craft is expected to pass fewer than 7,800 miles above Pluto's surface and send back pictures. Images have already revealed plenty of surprises about the mysterious "dwarf planet." Charissa Sedor, assistant manager of the Buhl Planetarium at the Carnegie Science Center, tells us what these latest finds reveal. 

Science, Cinema and Sandwiches: Social Club June 19

Jun 18, 2015

In Rachel's opinion, the Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory is the social event of the year.

Rowhouse Cinema's one-year anniversary celebration features a marathon reprise of the year's most popular screenings.

21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center is all about games.

Northside Sandwich Week is exactly what it sounds like.

The Carnegie Science Center has received a $614,000 grant to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The two-year grant, from The Heinz Endowments, will benefit the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway, which offers schools resources to improve their STEM classes.

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