North Hills High School students participate in an astronomy class in the new digital immersion theater.

North Hills High School upgrades its planetarium

The school’s planetarium can take students worlds away or bring them right out of the front door.

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Boeing to invest $7.5 million in Big Data initiative at Carnegie Mellon

Their partnership will begin with a $7.5 million investment from the company to start an analytics lab.

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 An autopsy report done by a UPMC pathologist on the first of two transplant patients to die — an Erie woman who died on Oct. 1, 2014 — makes it clear that UPMC knew for nearly a year that a fungal infection was the primary cause of her death.

UPMC knew fungal infection was cause of patient’s death

On Sunday, UPMC reopened its transplant unit after shutting it down Sept. 21 when it linked four patients to mold infections.

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 Air emissions from power plants and factories in Pennsylvania contribute to hazy conditions in several parks and wilderness areas in the East and New England, according to environmental officials.

Appeals court rules state air pollution plan for parks is insufficient

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals said the state didn’t require the strongest pollution controls on industry to protest national parks.

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Pa. House task force submits recommendations for legalizing medicinal marijuana

Recommendations include what form the drug could be sold as, how many licenses would be issued, and the conditions it could be used to

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 This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100-yard long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water.

Life on Mars? NASA says planet appears to have flowing water

The discovery raises the possibility that life could exist on the planet, scientists say.

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 In an undated NASA handout photo, satellite images combined with elevation data give the impression of the height of a slope in the Horowitz Crater on Mars. The crater is lined with dark streaks 100 yards long. These streaks are among the clues that scientists say provide definitive signs of liquid water on the surface of present-day Mars, a finding that will fuel speculation that life, if it ever arose there, could persist now.

Scientists find evidence of recent water flows on Mars

“It suggests that it would be possible for life to be on Mars today," John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administration for science, said.

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 An eclipsed supermoon is shown Sunday in New York City. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its perigee, which is its closest approach to the Earth. A total lunar eclipse and a supermoon won't occur together again until 2033.

Clouds, rain don’t eclipse the eclipse for some Pittsburghers

Clouds blocked the blocking of the moon, but hopeful skywatchers showed up anyhow.

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Man charged with assaulting autistic boy, 4, pulling teeth out

Police say the Montgomery County man attacked the child while babysitting for him.

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 UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.

Study shows type of mold infection at UPMC rare in transplant patients

While UPMC says its number of mold cases  is “the norm” in hospitals, studies show otherwise.

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One in 10 pregnant women admits to drinking alcohol

U.S. health officials have set a goal of eliminating all binge-drinking by pregnant women by the year 2020.

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Resume: A newsmaker you should know / 12-year-old Amulya Garimella is finalist for 'America’s Top Young Scientist'

Amulya Garimella, a seventh-grader in the Fox Chapel Area School District, is a U.S. finalist for a competition sponsored by 3M.

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2 ‘brilliant’ Pittsburgh scientists

Pitt behavioral ecologist Jonathan Pruitt, CMU chemical engineer Kathryn Whitehead are recognized for their scientific contributions.

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 A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority walks at an archeological site at Ben Shemen Forest near the Israeli city of Modiin on Monday.

Israeli archaeologists may have found fabled Maccabees tomb

BEN SHEMEN FOREST, Israel — Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a

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 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is expected Tuesday to announce that Blue Origins' New Shepard rockets will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Jeff Bezos to unveil plans for rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

Launched capsule would be used primarily for space tourism.

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 This March 2015 photo provided by National Geographic from its October 2015 issue shows a reconstruction of Homo naledi's face by paleoartist John Gurche at his studio in Trumansburg, N.Y. In an announcement today, scientists say fossils found deep in a South African cave revealed the new member of the human family tree.

New species of human relative discovered in South Africa

Local anthropologists debate the implications of the new species of human relative whose fossils were discovered in a South African cave.

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Lasker Awards go to 3 scientists and Doctors Without Borders

The Lasker Awards, one of medicine’s highest honors, went to three scientists who made key cancer and genetics discoveries.

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 Astronomical highlights for the coming week; illustration prepared by Amy Jill Pazur, Buhl Planetarium and Observatory.

Stargazing: Venus returns to the morning sky

Earth’s sister planet emerged from the glare of the sun and can be seen in the east before sunrise as our dazzling bright “morning star.”

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SpaceX’s grounding turns spotlight to launch competitors

With Elon Musk’s rocket sidelined after a launch explosion, other rivals are working to get a piece of the Cape Canaveral launch business.

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Festival of Combustion in Rankin celebrates the molten arts

The festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark.

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 Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking cigars or using hookah water pipes to get their nicotine fix.

Cigarette smoking plunges in U.S., but why?

The nation saw cigarette smoking dip 10 percent from January through March; Allegheny County, however, lags behind with high smoking rates.

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