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

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Stargazing: Locating the Big Dipper

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

5 days ago


Space agency: Now-silent lander does main tasks

The lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface before depleted batteries forced it to go silent.

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 The combination photo of different images  taken with the CIVA camera system  released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursda shows  Rosetta’s lander Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Philae probe drills into comet, turns toward light in effort to keep batteries charged

The space lander manages tricky maneuvers to move out of a cliff’s shadow and get more sunlight on its solar panels for additional power.

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 This image released by the European Space Agency Thursday was taken by Philae's down-looking descent ROLIS imager when it was about 130 feet above the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Wednesday. It shows that the surface of the comet is covered by dust and debris ranging from millimeter to meter sizes The large block in the top right corner is roughly 16 feet in size.

Comet craft Philae starts drilling; location still sought

The probe has been operating on battery power, which is expected to soon run out.

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Dam's sediment may not threaten Chesapeake after all, experts say

Maryland’s incoming governor, Larry Hogan, has called from dredging behind the dam.

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 The combination photo of different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency today shows Rosetta’s lander Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet.

European space agency releases first picture from comet

The lander scored a historic first Wednesday, touching down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long journey through space.

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Lander arrives safely on rocky comet

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft defies the odds, dropping its Philae probe onto a speeding comet more than 300 miles from Earth, with the

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 This picture released by the European Space Agency shows a combination of images to illustrate the deployment of the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from the Rosetta spacecraft.

Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet

At 11:03 a.m. EST, the agency received a signal from Philae after it touched down on the comet’s icy surface.

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 A silver gull.

Let's talk about birds: Silver gulls

Australia’s “seagull,” the silver gull is a striking-looking bird and an opportunistic forager that is graceful in flight.

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Scientists to guide probe onto comet for the first time

In the climax of a decadelong mission, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is expected to drop a lander on the surface today.

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Penn State to auction off unused patents

Minimum prices range from $5,000 to $25,000 for for patents that Penn State owns but never developed into a commercial use.

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Spacesuit? Helmet? Life insurance? Space tourist loophole may end

The loophole is likely to end after the fatal crash of a test flight of a Virgin Galactic space ship designed to take tourists into space.

1 week ago


UPMC blood test helps determine likelihood of organ rejection in children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves new test that already is in use at other transplant centers.

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 A team of researchers that included Carnegie Museum of Natural History Curator of Mammals John Wible, believes it has identified a strange, fossil mammal, Vintana sertichi, as depicted in this illustration, based on the discovery of a well-preserved skull of the creature that would have weighed about 20 pounds when it lived in Madagascar just before the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Carnegie Museum expert aids in discovery of new dinosaur-era mammal

The researchers concluded that the skull of the fossil animal was the first ever of an extinct branch of mammals known as gondwanatherians.

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Moms are key to baby’s learning language skills

In babies’ first seven months, they interact vocally more with mothers, and moms were more responsive to such interactions with daughters.

2 weeks ago


Federal agencies reveal vulnerabilities, planned response to climate change

38 federal agencies report on the threat posed to them by climate change and steps they are taking or will be taking to meet the challenges.

3 weeks ago


Contractor in rocket explosion had earlier issues with engines

The explosion Tuesday evening marked the first time that a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed.

3 weeks ago


Let's Talk About Birds: Migrating birds

This time of year you can see many birds under the influence of zugunrhue, the restless behavior associated with migration.

3 weeks ago


Stargazing: Mars is also known as the 'death star'

The blood red "death star" Mars will be shining just above the spout of Sagittarius' teapot about 7:30 p.m. Halloween night.

3 weeks ago


 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks at a news conference Friday in New York. Dr. Howard Zucker acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also attended the conference. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female health care worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

Nurse who treated stricken patients in Sierra Leone says she was treated like a criminal during quarantine process.

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 Dr. Jonas Salk with Salk polio vaccine at one of several press conferences in Pittsburgh hospital in Oakland.

Symposium on Jonas Salk focuses on his work in sustainability

Salk Symposium celebrates 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth, focusing on his work on sustainability.

3 weeks ago


 A doctor for tropical medicine and a nurse demonstrate the decontamination procedure as part of Ebola treatment at Station 59 at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling Ebola cases.

Ebola cases in Germany test plans made long ago

Despite quarantine centers set up 10 years ago, Ebola treatment still presents challenges.

3 weeks ago



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