Amy L. Hartman, a doctor of virology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, wears the gear worn during work.

Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, Pittsburgh experts say

Chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and MERS among other viral infections that are here or could arrive on the next boat or plane.

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 FILE - In this June 11, 2014 photo, a man walks past a Facebook sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. In truth, Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app _or other similar applications. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

The messenger isn’t any more invasive that Facebook’s primary app.

3 days ago

SeaWorld is doubling size of orca whale pool

The San Diego attraction has been battered by controvery over its treatment of killer whales.

4 days ago

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

Research led by an Austrian climatologist said that since 1991, about 69 percent of rapidly increasing melt is man-made.

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 David Shiffman works to control a lemon shark in the Florida Everglades prior to tagging and measuring. Because of his savvy knowledge of sharks, the biologist and Mt. Lebanon High grad has gained a large following on Twitter.

Mt. Lebanon native jaws at Discovery’s Shark Week

Shark Week is ready to chomp down on the nation’s TV screens again this week. And that means David Shiffman is sharpening his harpoon.

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Brain science and video gaming converge in neurogaming

The neuroscience industry is hoping that games could be a catalyst that turns brain-wave-reading gadgets into mainstream consumer products.

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Rosetta spacecraft set for unprecedented close study of a comet

After a 10-year flight, Rosetta will slow to walking pace for close examination.

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Researchers see link between pollution and fish sex changes

Many fish captured at 16 sites in the Delaware, Ohio and Susquehanna rivers have crossed over into a category called intersex.

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Study finds we’re still not eating enough produce

Analysis of 16 studies finds produce eaters reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but no appreciable association with reduced

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 FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for, photographed in Washington.  Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of, the online portal to coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Probe exposes flaws behind government’s health website rollout

GAO says chaotic planning and lax oversight contributed to cost increases as well as website delays and malfunctions.

2 weeks ago

 Mihir Garimella with the flying robot on which his project was based. He was one of the 90 Google Science Fair regional finalists and 15 Computer Science Award nominees in the world.

Local student a finalist in Google Science Fair for his flying robot, inspired by fruit flies

Mihir Garimella, an incoming freshman at Fox Chapel Area High School, is one of 90 finalists in a global competition.

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Could the mammoth make a comeback?

Woolly mammoth genes could allow Asian elephants to live in tundras, preserve permafrost, prevent extinction and counter climate change.

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Don't like spiders? They help us, so think again

Without spiders, all of our crops would be consumed by pests.

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Let's Talk About: Ramps and rolling

Building and exploring ramps with your child is easy and provides a great opportunity for preschool engineering and problem solving.

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 Baby fairy bluebirds at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: Baby birds

What hatches out of a bird’s egg can be homely and helpless or capable and cute, depending on what kind of bird it is.

4 weeks ago


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