Science


 Jan Scheuermann plays rock-paper-scissors using a robotic arm and hand during a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine project.

Brain-controlled robotic arm helps Pittsburgh woman with quadriplegia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh connected electrodes in her brain to a robotic arm to make hand shapes and grasps possible.

about 16 hours ago


 Above, fMRI images show brain activity in a subject without autism, left, and a subject with autism, right, when both individuals thought about the word and the concept of "hug." The circled area at left defines the area reflecting the "self" factor in neurotypical people. In the person with autism, no activity in that area appears. The results were found common in each group and were similar with the other social-interaction verbs.

Autism markers found in CMU study of brain activity

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they have found a way to diagnose autism through brain imaging and machine learning techniques.

1 day ago


 Sidney Crosby at Consol Energy Center.

Mumps outbreak hitting Crosby confuses experts

Why Sidney Crosby, who had a recent vaccination, contracted the almost-eradicated disease? Doctors say it’s hard to explain.

1 day ago


Volcanic eruption theory for dinosaur extinction gains ground with report

A research paper suggests that an extensive lava flow was a factor in addition to the popular theory of a meteorite crash in the same era.

5 days ago


Astrobotic offers the public chance to put items on moon

Prices will range from $460 to send a keepsake in a box 1/2-inch-wide-by-1/8-inch-high up to $25,800 for a box 1-inch-wide-by-2-inches-high.

5 days ago


Data show Earth’s water didn’t spring from comets

The water that fills Earth’s oceans almost certainly did not come from melted comets, scientists reported Wednesday.

6 days ago


 The team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Magee-Womens Research Institute used tumor tissue samples collected over the last two decades to track the spread of breast cancer.

Pittsburgh researchers discover mutation that spreads breast cancer

The team of researchers used tumor tissue samples collected at UPMC hospitals over the last two decades.

6 days ago


 the Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off Friday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

NASA's Orion completes historic flight, ushers in 'new era'

NASA’s Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after going farther than any spacecraft built for humans in more than 40 years.

1 week ago


 A NASA Orion capsule on top of a Delta IV rocket lifts off on its first unmanned orbital test flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this morning.

NASA launches Orion spacecraft

The Orion hit a high point of 3,600 miles, the farthest for a human-built spacecraft in four decades.

1 week ago


 In this July 28, 2011, file photo, anti-circumcision activists Frank McGinness, right, and Jeff Brown rally against circumcision with about 25 protesters outside a San Francisco courthouse. On Dec. 2, U.S. health officials released a draft of the government's long-awaited guidelines on circumcision, which say benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks and health insurers should pay for it.

CDC backs male genital procedure

The agency considers circumcision a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences.

2 weeks ago


New 15-minute test for Ebola to undergo trials in West Africa

Researchers say the test is six times faster than other test on the market when it comes to rapidly diagnosing the Ebola virus.

2 weeks ago


 Sarah Dugan and Hannah Barch, both 15 and members of the biology club, pull out unhealthy plants from a living wall powered by a roof top wind turbine at Springdale Junior-Senior High School.

Grant energizes Springdale Junior-Senior High School

A $20,000 grant from the Garble and Benedum foundations has helped the school fund a wind turbine, sustainable garden and outdoor classroom.

3 weeks ago


 Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to explore the moon and designed at Carnegie Mellon University, was unveiled on Monday.

CMU, Astrobotic hope Andy is a handy rover for the moon

CMU debuts its newest rover for the $20 million Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.

3 weeks ago


Carnegie Museum of Natural History names new director of science and research

Stephen J. Tonsor also will lead the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems.

3 weeks ago


 The three new species -- Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae -- are described from six nearly complete 160-million-year-old fossils found in China.

New discovery pushes mammals' lineage further back in time

Indiana University of Pennsylvania paleontologist Shundong Bi says six fossil skeletons change what we know of Earth’s first mammals.

4 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Lauryn Stalter magnifies cylindrical fossils in Frick Park.

Let's Talk About Parks: Fossils in our parks

Much of Pittsburgh’s geology is made up of sedimentary rocks, and its parks are a great place to go fossil hunting, especially in the fall.

4 weeks ago


 A study by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC that's being released today provides the first solid research into cyberdating abuse among teens. Most commonly, victims reported that abusive partners were using mobile apps, texting and other social networks to repeatedly contact them to see where they were and whom they were with.

New research finds sexting is the ‘new norm’ for teens

Two in five teens surveyed had experienced cyberdating abuse in the context of a dating relationship in the past three months.

1 month ago


Stargazing: Locating the Big Dipper

You may have noticed that there are fewer bright stars and distinctive constellations in the autumn sky.

1 month ago



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