Science


 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.

about 21 hours ago


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.

2 days ago


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

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

2 days ago


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.

5 days ago


 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.

6 days ago


Calif. for first time will fine water-wasters

Regulators OK statewide emergency measure after call for voluntary reductions amid drought.

1 week ago


Nickel allergy has some itching to use their iPads

Nickel used in a San Diego boy‘‍s iPad caused a serious allergic rash, according to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

2 weeks ago


Weather will be a bit cooler next week, but nowhere near icy

Those breathless reports about the return of the polar vortex? A lot of hot air.

2 weeks ago


Science, tech, engineering and math degree gets you a job, but not in your field

Census finds those with a bachelor‘‍s degree in so-called STEM fields are more likely to get work, but not in those occupations.

2 weeks ago


Feds mark 685 miles of Atlantic and Gulf beaches as critical for loggerhead sea turtles

Designation requires extra scrutiny for any federal activities related to drilling or fisheries.

2 weeks ago


Researcher raising project money from public

Crowdfunding is filling gaps for scientists who face declining grants from government, industry or foundations.

2 weeks ago


 Hot-flash pajamas made from wicking material are ideal for women thrown into early menopause.

Study: Weight loss can help with hot flashes

A University of Pittsburgh study has shown the benefit of weight loss in controlling menopause symptoms of hot flashes.

3 weeks ago


 From left, Sebastian Wilburn,  5,  Matteo Wilburn,  8,  Oona  Shaw, 9,  and Imogen Shaw, 6, play FitWits.

New company Fitwits uses fun to fight childhood obesity

Fitwits is the latest for-profit corporation to emerge from Carnegie Mellon University.

3 weeks ago


Volatile racing car fuel could soon power ships

As well as being considered a green fuel, methanol is potentially cheaper and more plentiful than diesel or LNG.

3 weeks ago


Is urban sprawl in Texas swatting out bumblebees?

Bumblebees pollinate foods that honeybees cannot -- like tomatoes, chili peppers, squash, melons and blueberries.

3 weeks ago


Two planets thought to have potential for life may not exist.

The study by astronomers at Penn State and the University of Texas adds fuel to an intense debate that has raged for the last 10 years.

3 weeks ago


Journal Nature retracts 2 STAP stem cell studies

Nature editors cited “several critical errors” as they apologized for the publication.

3 weeks ago



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