Stargazing for August 24, 2015

Stargazing: Moon illusion

A low-hanging moon or sun near the horizon peeking through trees and houses or over mountain ridges looks unnaturally big and inflated.

2 days ago

 Carnegie Mellon University researcher Theresa Dankovich is developing filter paper treated with silver nanoparticles in her Porter Hall lab that can be used to remove bacteria from water.

For clean water, take a page from Carnegie Mellon researcher’s book

Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in CMU’s civil and environmental engineering department, developed a “drinkable book.“

5 days ago

Montour partners with CMU for research center

CMU researchers will work side-by-side with school staff members.

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 U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kate Gregory responds to comments made from Patty Everly and Maria Renzelli during a tour of the USS Requin on Wednesday at the Carnegie Science Center.

Admiral praises Carnegie Science Center's commitment to STEM education

The Navy arranges executive engagements in 30 cities annually to build relationships, according to the Science Center.

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Four-day stays not always welcome, used after C-sections

Despite the laws, three-day hospital stays may not be uncommon following a C-section birth.

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 A tablet of flibanserin sits on a brochure for Sprout Pharmaceuticals in the company’s Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. The FDA on Tuesday approved its use.

FDA approves female sex pill, but with safety restrictions

Addyi is first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry

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 This rendering by Mark Klingler shows two Dreadnoughtus schrani menacing a much smaller meat-eating dinosaur.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History illustrator turns science into art

Mark Klingler’s accomplishments as a scientific artist are on display at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie.

2 weeks ago

 Ricky Schroder’s starred in the 1979 film “The Champ,” in which his father, played by Jon Voight, is a boxer who comes out of retirement and then dies from blows in the ring.

What's the saddest movie scene? Research says answer may be in 'The Champ'

A tearful clip from the 1979 movie is used to evoke sadness in labs all over the world.

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 Dan Peden of Brookline, left, with Philip Sahady, 7, of Republic, Fayette County, using Mr. Peden's 8-inch refractor telescope at the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh's Star Party at Mingo Observatory in Mingo Creek County Park in Washington County

To party with the stars, head to a local observatory

How else would you celebrate the 10th birthday of Mingo Observatory near Pittsburgh?

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How you can get closer to the stars

Several Pittsburgh area observatories are open for star parties and tours.

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