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NASA spacecraft crashes, ending lunar mission

The crash brought to a successful end a six-month, $280 million mission to study the tenuous envelope of gases and dust surrounding the

1 day ago


FDA warns against procedure to remove uterine growths; says it could spread hidden cancer

The procedure has long been used in laparoscopic operations to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the uterus itself.

2 days ago


Earth-size planet discovered in 'Goldilocks zone' far away

The solar system is 500 light-years distant, but one of its five planets is theoretically capable of retaining liquid water.

2 days ago


 An illustration showing the planet Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet discovered in the habitable zone of its star.

First Earth-sized planet found in star's habitable zone; liquid water may exist

The small, rocky planet orbits not too close nor too far from its star where liquid water, essential for life, could exist.

2 days ago


 A total eclipse of the moon in 2011. The moon can look red during the eclipse because sunlight is bent by the Earth's atmosphere before striking the moon and reflecting back into our eyes.

Clouds, rain expected to blot out total eclipse of the moon over Pittsburgh region

The eclipse, the first fully visible over the region since 2010, begins with the partial phase at 1:58 a.m. Totality is from 3:07 to 4:25.

5 days ago


Hundreds donate for ALS research

An ALS group begun by the Alexander family of O'Hara brought in more than $145,000 in a WTAE telethon last week.

2 weeks ago


Stargazing: Follow the Big Dipper to Leo

Leo, the dominant constellation of spring, has now taken center stage almost directly overhead in the southern sky.

2 weeks ago


CDC: 1 in 25 patients infected in hospital care

The CDC's 2011 survey of 183 hospitals showed that an estimated 648,000 patients nationwide suffered 721,000 infections.

3 weeks ago


Pitt to study depression, heart failure connection

Pitt received $7.3 million to study if successful treatment of depression for those with heart failure can extend their lives.

3 weeks ago


25 drug firms agree to phase out antibiotics that help animals grow

The move, announced by the Food and Drug Administration, is part of effort to deal with the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases in humans.

3 weeks ago


Liquid in e-cigarettes blamed for poisonings

Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal.

3 weeks ago


Children prefer mental health care at office of pediatrician

The results suggest that families view the pediatrician as a convenient, trusted and discreet source of treatment.

3 weeks ago


Stargazing: Stunning morning duo

Before the cycle comes to a close, a thin waning crescent moon will join Venus for a stunning conjunction in the morning sky.

3 weeks ago



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