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Science & Technology
2:29 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

CMU Celebrates 30 Years of the Self-Driving Car

The technology might be 30-years-old, but self-driving cars are still in their infancy, according to Carnegie Mellon University Professor Raj Rajkumar.

CMU’s College of Engineering last week threw a birthday bash for the self-driving car, which was “born” on campus in 1984.

“It was a moment to enjoy,” Rajkumar said.

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Science & Technology
7:44 am
Thu November 20, 2014

CMU Students Create App For ALS Patients

There are an estimated 30,000 Americans living with Lou Gehrigs Disease, also known as, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, at any given time, according to the ALS Association.

Neil Alexander is one of those people.

“You eventually become paralyzed,” he said, “and you can’t speak.”

That’s where iExpress comes in.

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Science & Technology
3:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Android App Privacy Graded on New Online Report Card from CMU

More than half of American adults have a smartphone. With those smartphones come a variety of apps one can download — either free or purchased. As privacy concerns continue for many Americans, a new project out of Carnegie Mellon University seeks to shed light on how personal information is used by Android apps, namely the free ones.

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Health
2:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

33 Genes Linked to Autism by CMU, Pitt Study

An international research team led by professors from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University has identified 33 genes that contribute to the risk of autism.

The team also uncovered 70 genes that are “likely” linked to autism risk, and have estimated that more than 1,000 have yet to be identified. According to the researchers, the discovery, which is the largest to date, enhances the scientific community’s understanding of how a brain with autism spectrum disorder works.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

CMU Research Says Competition Is At The Heart Of Extreme Politics

Why have Democrats and Republicans become so divided? And why can’t Congress seem to agree on anything?

These are the questions that American voters have been asking themselves for years, and new research might finally have an answer.

According to a report released by Carnegie Mellon University, these extreme political differences are the result of close and heated elections.

Researchers have found voters on opposite ends of the political gamut tend to favor more polarizing candidates when an election is thought to be close.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:55 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Robots that Care: The Quality of Life Technology Center Changing the World of Caregiving

Credit Jiuguang Wang / Flickr

The Quality of Life Technology Center is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center located in Oakland. The program incorporates disciplines from Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh and other groups, all focused on improving quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Director Dan Siewiorek joins us to explain how the center addresses the needs and activities of everyday living by prototyping robots, mobility assistance technologies and new ways to monitor health and wellness.

Siewiorek says that the center brings together several different departments/fields working together to help people live independently longer.

The benefits are tremendous not just for quality of life, but for financial savings, as well. One example of a device that the center provides is HERB. Check out CMU's video to see all of what HERB the robot can do.

Education
3:30 am
Mon October 13, 2014

CMU Gets $5 Million Grant To Study Learning

Carnegie Mellon University will lead a five-year, $5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to improve educational outcomes for teachers and students.

Computer scientists will build LearnSphere, an online database designed to store information on learning. Researchers will be able to use the data to study how students learn, while educators can find out how to create better courses in content and delivery.

Project leader and CMU professor Ken Koedinger said LearnSphere will help eliminate what he calls the “expert’s blind spot.”

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Science & Technology
3:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

CMU BrainHub Tackles the Still Murky Field of Brain Science

With all of the medical and scientific advances of recent decades, there is still a bit of a mystery within the human body — the brain. To try and better understand it, Carnegie Mellon University has launched the BrainHub initiative.

“It’s actually, I would say, almost embarrassing how little we know, and even more than that, how little we can do, to try and deal with brain disorders of a variety of kinds,” said CMU Interim Provost Nathan Urban.

The hope is that more can be learned about disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Science & Technology
3:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

CMU Photo Editing Tool Manipulates Objects in 3D

Editing photographs is almost as old as, well, photography itself, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley have taken image manipulation to another dimension — literally.

They’ve developed software that enables users to move and animate objects in a photograph — exposing angles, sides and surfaces unseen in the original image.

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Life of Learning
3:30 am
Tue August 5, 2014

CMU, Google Team Up To Improve Online Education

Carnegie Mellon University and Google are teaming up to make Massive Open Online Courses more engaging.
Credit Mathieu Plourde / Flickr

There are more than 7 million students around the world enrolled in some 12,000 Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, with topics ranging from oil and acrylic painting techniques to developmental artificial intelligence.

But, MOOCs aren’t your typical online classes. They’re free; they don’t go towards earning a degree; and, rarely are there assignments, but therein lies the problem.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

CMU Spin-Off Technology Allows Research of Hippo-Infested Waters

Hippos in Kenya's Mara River give chase to a Platypus robotic boat that is disguised as a crocodile. The boat was able to out-swim the hippos.
Credit Platypus LLC / http://crw-cmu.blogspot.com/2014/03/hakuna-matata.html

Technology from Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute spin-off Platypus LLC has gone where no man has gone before. Small, autonomous airboats were sent to Kenya to monitor water quality in hippo pools on the hippo-heavy Mara River. Researchers want to know how the animals are affecting water quality, but they couldn’t get into the pools to collect samples.

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Science & Technology
3:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

CMU Researchers Use Inkblots To Improve Password Security

Psychiatrists have been using inkblots to reach into the minds of their patients for almost a century, but now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are using the splotches to protect your passwords.

The new security setting, called GOTCHA (Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) has users create a password. The computer then generates several colorful inkblots and asks the user to describe each image with a phrase. When the user returns, they’re asked to input their password and match the inkblots with their custom phrases.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:33 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

A Passion For Brains

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Since the classic George Romero zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” grew in popularity, Pittsburgh has been a zombie town.

The 1968 horror flick was filmed just 30 miles from the city in Butler County, something many Pittsburgh zombie fans take pride in.

For Timothy Verstynen, assistant professor in psychology at CMU and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, zombies are both a fascination and more interestingly, a teaching tool.

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