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Tuesday, Jul 17

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Astronomers discover 12 new moons around Jupiter, including a tiny ‘oddball’

NEW YORK — Astronomers are still finding moons at Jupiter, 400 years after Galileo used his spyglass to spot the first ones.

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Andy CarnegieBot is live at the Carnegie Museums

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Carnegie Museums introduce Andy CarnegieBot, a technological guide to events, trivia, scavenger hunts and more used through a phone app.

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Babies’ cries may foretell their adult voices, a study shows

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The next time you hear a baby cry, take a good listen. It might tell you something about how its voice will sound decades later as an adult.

Friday, Jul 13

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For the first time, scientists harness high-energy neutrinos, or ‘ghost particles,’ to study the universe

Astronomers from around the world announced a major discovery on Thursday that could help scientists better understand the birth of the universe and some of the most exotic objects in it, including black holes.

Thursday, Jul 12

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Stone tools unearthed in China may push back the date that human relatives left Africa

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NEW YORK — Stone tools recovered from an excavation in China suggest that our evolutionary forerunners trekked out of Africa earlier than we thought.

Tuesday, Jul 10

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A sticky problem: How do you connect electrodes to the squishy material of the brain? Pittsburgh scientists find a way

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CMU and Pitt bioengineers create a special hydrogel that shows flexibility, adhesion and connectivity.

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After defeating polio, Jonas Salk tried saving the world from humans

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In a revision of their 1981 book, Jonas and Jonathan Salk describe attitudes and behaviors necessary to save the planet from overpopulation.

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is imperiled as heat worsens die-offs of coral, experts say

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SYDNEY, Australia — Scientists have again sounded the alarm about Australia’s imperiled Great Barrier Reef, saying that by the 2030s it could see devastating mass bleachings as often as every two years unless greenhouse gas emissions are…

Monday, Jul 9

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Researchers renew ties with high schoolers they studied in 1960 to seek clues about Alzheimer's

Pittsburgh-based Project Talent tested 400,000 students 58 years ago, and now it’s tracking them down in their 70s for further study.

Sunday, Jul 8

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Lt. Col. Andrew Morgan always dreamed about going to space; in July 2019, his dream becomes reality

Lt. Col. Andrew Morgan always wanted to go into space. In July 2019, he will get that opportunity.

Thursday, Jul 5

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Stigma follows 'Furries' despite warm and fuzzy reception in Pittsburgh

When the Furries came to Pittsburgh last year for the annual Anthrocon convention, reader Jay Poliziani of Greenfield wrote a letter to the editor stating, “I’m proud to live in a city that makes the members of this convention feel safe…

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IVF might save the northern white rhino, the world’s most endangered species

Perhaps no species on Earth is closer to extinction as the northern white rhinoceros.

Sunday, Jul 1

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Tropical forests suffered near-record tree losses in 2017

In Brazil, forest fires set by farmers and ranchers to clear land for agriculture raged out of control last year, wiping out more than 3 million acres of trees as a severe drought gripped the region. Those losses undermined Brazil’s recent…

Thursday, Jun 28

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Ingredients for life are discovered by Cassini gushing out of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

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Last fall, as NASA’s celebrated Cassini spacecraft spiraled toward its final, fatal descent into Saturn’s clouds, astrochemist Morgan Cable couldn’t help but shed a tear for the school-bus-size orbiter, which became a victim of its own…

Sunday, Jun 24

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How do people process doom-and-gloom climate news? How should they?

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Frightening stories about climate change seem to come in a never-ending wave these days.

Friday, Jun 22

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Rivers of Steel launches its new riverboat tours on the Explorer

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Rivers of Steel focuses on inspiration of students and continuation of STEM programs with a new tour of Pittsburgh’s waterways.

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A discovery about herpes and Alzheimer’s disease may open new avenues for treatment

Researchers may have found a tiny culprit — human herpes virus — in the progressive loss of memory, thinking ability and identity that comes with Alzheimer’s disease. And it could be a big deal.

Thursday, Jun 21

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Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language and met Fred Rogers, dies at 46

Koko, a beloved gorilla that learned to communicate with humans and then stole their hearts, has died.

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Duke study: Fracking chemicals stimulate fat cell development

New Duke University study finds mice exposed to fracking wastewater are 5 to 10 percent fatter than those aren’t

Tuesday, Jun 19

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Local family's battle over fracking inspires new book

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Soon after Range Resources began fracking at Marcellus Shale natural gas sites in Washington County, Stacey Haney’s life was turned upside down.

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Trump announces his plans for the creation of a ‘Space Force’ military branch

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to…

Monday, Jun 18

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James Hansen wishes he wasn't so right about global warming

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NEW YORK — James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn’t.

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The fossil of a tiny frog is discovered to be 99 million years old

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At first glance, the oddly shaped splotches darkening a vibrant yellow piece of amber appear to be amorphous blobs. But upon closer examination, a shape emerges.

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Did Mexico’s revelry in its World Cup win over Germany cause an earthquake?

MEXICO CITY — Late Sunday morning, seismic sensors in Mexico City detected what was reported to be a small earthquake. But it was triggered in an “artificial manner,” according to the group monitoring the gauges.

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Diseased deer killed at game farm

A herd of about 40 captive white-tailed deer was euthanized on a Lancaster County deer farm in February after one member of the herd tested positive for a debilitating brain disease, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced…

Sunday, Jun 17

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Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

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NEW YORK — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says.

Friday, Jun 15

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Astronauts at the International Space Station set up TV cameras for arriving ships

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months.

Thursday, Jun 14

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Kids delve into the nitty-gritty of ALCOSAN during summer camp

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ALCOSAN, Allegheny County’s wastewater-processing giant, cleans up to 250,000,000 gallons of water a day. Now your kids can see how it’s done.

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'Oh my God this is amazing': Pittsburgh scientists on team that discovered new ancient mammal

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It wasn’t just dinosaurs that populated the earth 126 million years ago — there were a few known placental mammals too. And now, there’s one more: A team of international scientists — including two from the Pittsburgh area — announced…