This undated image provided by Abbott shows their experimental dissolving heart stent. Doctors say the Absorb stent works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, passed its first major test in a large study.

Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first large test

So far, the product doesn’t prove itself to be superior, but it is fueling hope for a new generation of these devices.

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Rowan Elementary School second-graders to learn about robotics

The Seneca Valley School District has contracted with GreenE Academy to offer its Lego WeDo and EV3 courses.

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Scientists sequence first ancient human genome from Africa

Skeleton found in Ethiopian cave in 2011.

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 Aziz Sancar is a professor at the University of North Carolina.

Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how cells fix DNA damage

Their work has already inspired new cancer treatments.

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 Professor Sara Snogerup Linse, left  explains why the laureates were awarded during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, today. Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

3 scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz Sancar shared the $960,000 award.

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

Water on Mars helps confirm Duquesne University research

Only microbes that breathe and metabolize metals such as arsenic could survive on Mars, says Duquesne University biologist John Stolz says.

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 The 3-D technology was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2011, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC began using it in September of that year.

3-D mammograms now covered by insurance in Pa.

Pennsylvania women can get 3-D mammograms after Gov. Wolf administration announces insurance must pay for them.

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 Arthur B. McDonald in Kingston, Ontario, today.

Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald win Nobel Prize in physics

Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Campbell, Omura, Tu win Nobel medicine prize

The Nobel judges in Stockholm awarded the prestigious prize to Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and of Japan and Tu Youyou.

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 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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 Amulya Garimella

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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 Kathryn Whitehead

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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