My Generation


My Generation Essay: SparkNotes: a way to cheat or learn?

For years, kids have been using SparkNotes and similar academic resources to shortcut their way through classes.

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 A  penguin chick that was born previously at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: African penguin chicks

Last week Sidney and Bette, a nesting pair of African penguins at the National Aviary, had their third successful nesting in as many years.

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 Photos celebrating Pittsburgh done by local artists are featured in an art installation along the fencing of the Downtown construction site where The Gardens at Market Square is being built.

Let's Talk About Art: Outdoor photo show

The Downtown construction site that will become The Gardens at Market Square is being spruced up with an art installation.

2 days ago


Stargazing: Red Planet and crescent moon

Mars has been a fixture in our evening sky since going into opposition and coming as close as 56 million miles to Earth.

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 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator Taiji Nelson compares hemlock and white pine tree branches in Frick Park.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Name that evergreen

Evergreen trees are easy to spot, but can you tell the differences among firs, pines and eastern hemlocks?

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Stargazing: Crescent moon passes Saturn

Before the year’s last cycle of lunar phases ends, early risers can see the waning crescent moon pass Saturn in the southeastern sky.

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 A nearly adult male smew.

Let's Talk About Birds: Smews

An adult male smew, with its bright white plumage, punk-style crest and blackened eye, looks like it comes from a Dr. Seuss book.

2 weeks ago


Stargazing: Geminid meteor shower​

This weekend’s Geminid meteor shower may produce more visible meteor activity than other major showers that don’t have an interfering moon.

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Let’s Learn from the Past: Joseph Fennimore's Flag

During World War II, James Fennimore made a American flag out of salvaged fabric, a blue dress uniform and a captured Nazi flag.

3 weeks ago


Let's Talk About: Evergreen Trees

Spruce, pine, cedar and fir trees are considered evergreens and are the most recognized during the winter season.

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 Max Qureshi holds a squirrel feeder that he and his sister Keira will hang to attract squirrels.

Let's Talk About Parks: Squirrels

Despite the winter weather, Eastern gray squirrels can still be seen dashing across open fields and scaling tree branches.

3 weeks ago


Stargazing: Get ready for Jupiter

The dazzling bright star greeting early risers high in the southern sky before sunrise is actually the planet Jupiter.

3 weeks ago


My Generation Essay: NEWtrition: Eating habits of yesterday and today

People are so conscientious now about what goes into their bodies that food controls great chunks of their lives.

4 weeks ago


Let's Talk About Science: Watersheds

Each body of water has a watershed — an area of land that drains into it.

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Let's Learn From the Past: Jack Lambert

Linebacker Jack Lambert was a fierce players for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dominating defense in the 1970s.

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 Rainbow lorikeet.

Let's Talk About Birds: Rainbow lorikeets

From its vivid red beak to the tip of its bright green tail, the rainbow lorikeet a brilliant patchwork of blue, yellow, green and red.

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 A mosaic by Ada Bosonetto.  Her work is available at the Holiday Shop at Pittburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.

Let's Talk About Art: Ada Bosonetto

Mosaic artist Ada Bosonetto has a studio in her Highland Park home. She was born in Argentina and moved to Pittsburgh when she was 7.

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