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A 500-Pound Meteor Lit Up the Pittsburgh Sky Last Night

NASA reports that it observed a 500-pound meteor, around two-feet in diameter, which zipped through the Earth's atmosphere above Pittsburgh last night. If you were in the vicinity, you may well have just noticed it.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 18th

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How Pittsburgh Airport Will Frack for Gas Under Active Runways

How Pittsburgh Airport Will Frack for Gas Under Active Runways

Pittsburgh International Airport has seen better days. Saddled with debt from building now unused gates, the troubled airport is expanding into a completely different business: fracking. The airport will stay open as drillers tap the gas reserves underneath, thanks to a technique called horizontal drilling.

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Sarah Zhang

August 12th

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Terahertz bandwidth: the key to 1,000x faster smartphones, laptops and pipe dreams

Much like carbon nanotubes and quantum computing, terahertz technologies have been promising miracles for nearly as long as humans have been able to distinguish water from fire. We exaggerate, but barely. A crafty team assembled at the University of Pittsburgh seems to have no qualms with moving forward, however, recently announcing a new physical basis for terahertz bandwidth. Those involved managed to have success in generating a frequency comb -- "dividing a single color of light into a series of evenly spaced spectral lines for a variety of uses -- that spans a more than 100 terahertz bandwidth by exciting a coherent collective of atomic motions in a semiconductor silicon crystal." For those who managed to make it through the technobabble, we're told that the ability to modulate light with such a bandwidth could "increase the amount of information carried by more than 1,000 times when compared to the volume carried with today's technologies." Smartphones, computers and even airline check-in kiosks that operate 1,000 faster than they do today? Sure, we'll take that. But, how about give us a ring when Wally World deems it ripe for commercialization? We'll be waiting -- pinky promise.

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Darren Murph

March 13th

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Goats Have Accents! [Science]

Not only do pygmy goats have accents, but they tend to pick up the characteristic "BAAAAAAAAAAA" of the locals bleating around them. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

February 17th

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The Milk Truck Rescues Breastfeeding Mamas in Pittsburgh [Design]

The Milk Truck is part art work, part public service. It was created by Jill Miller for an exhibition at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It'll also travel the streets providing a safe place for nursing mothers. More »


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Kelly Hodgkins

September 29th

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