Fishing for Answers in Development

October 24, 2011
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Picture this: a warehouse room full of quietly dripping tanks, stacked on racks to the ceiling, and as far as the eye can see. Each tank is full of a couple dozen subjects that will help Pittsburgh researchers understand the way bodies develop.  Zebrafish help us study how a single fertilized egg can develop into […]

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Donors Choose Challenge

October 22, 2011
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Today is the last day of the Science Bloggers for Students Challenge at Donors Choose. That means that Donors Choose will match any donation you make to one of our challenge projects! Double the value of your nice-ness! Feel good on a Saturday! Give some kids some calculators! Today only! To catch you up, Donors […]

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Happy National Chemistry Week!

October 18, 2011
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Since 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry, when National Chemistry Week rolls around this year you can’t miss the chance to celebrate.  Chemistry makes plastics and put the non-stick coating on your frying pan, it built the medicine you take when you are sick and the vitamins you take to keep you health and […]

Make a big difference with your spare change

October 17, 2011
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Here’s the nice thing about donating money to local school projects during our Science Bloggers for Students challenge: you get to hear about the difference you made.  Just read the letters of thanks from the three teachers whose projects were officially funded last week. But there are still three more projects in the Steel City […]

Tech Innovations at Pitt

October 16, 2011
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I kicked off several days of free food and receptions at Science 2011 by mooching around the Pitt Technology Showcase. I know from previous experience that this is the only event in the line-up that includes savory cheescake and olive tapenade, so I wasn’t going to miss it.  However, this was the first time I’d […]

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Pittsburgh’s First Mini Maker Faire

October 15, 2011
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A pinch of imagination and a dash of tinkering is the recipe for the wonderful inventions featured at Pittsburgh’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, together with the technophiles at HackPittsburgh are hosting this family-oriented event on Sunday Oct. 23rd from noon – 6 pm. For the admission price of $12/adult and $11/child, you’ll enjoy […]

Green Up Pittsburgh with GTech

October 11, 2011
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Pittsburgh is a renaissance city. It’s re-invented itself from a steel mill industrial hub to a center for science and technology research. But the collapse of the steel industry hit Pittsburgh hard, and the city’s population has been in decline since the 1960’s. Today, Pittsburgh has nearly 20,000 vacant lots as a result; many of them […]