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2012-03-30 08:05:45

Pitt and MIT researchers accomplish first demonstration of oscillating gels that can be “revived” by mechanical pressure Sooner than later, robots may have the ability to “feel.” In a paper published online March 26 in Advanced Functional Materials, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that a nonoscillating gel can be resuscitated in a fashion similar to a medical cardiopulmonary...

2012-03-26 06:29:50

PITTSBURGH, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UPMC Health Plan is the first health plan in the nation to offer the WebMD Digital Health Assistants, virtual health coaching programs that help support and sustain health improvement, while fostering healthy lifestyle behaviors. Through this collaboration with WebMD, UPMC Health Plan will enhance and expand its offering of innovative, interactive tools that members can use to both improve their wellness and to gain consumer...

Move Over GHz, Terahertz Bandwidth Could Make Smartphones 1,000 Times Faster
2012-03-09 04:47:31

Peter Suciu for RedOrbit.com While those Verizon and AT&T commercials may claim that the respective carrier has the “fastest” network for mobile phones, new communications technology could make today´s 3G and 4G networks look as antiquated as the telegram. The whole gigahertz frequency could be made obsolete as a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh look to develop a terahertz frequency that could provide a means of transmitting data thousands of...

2012-03-07 08:00:00

PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Steeler legend and Super Bowl Champion Lynn Swann and Pro Bowl Player and Steeler MVP Antonio Brown will be in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 11, to kick off Big Brothers Big Sisters' national Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser. The opening ceremony event is sponsored by the Arby's Foundation. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110613/PH17540LOGO ) Bowl for Kids' Sake is the nationwide mentoring network's signature fundraiser, helping local...

2012-03-06 11:18:00

CARNEGIE, Pa., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Want to run in the Pittsburgh Marathon, but your event is sold out? A few spaces are still available if you race for charity. Compete in the name of The Salvation Army and make a difference in the lives of needy Western Pennsylvania children. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110412/MM81995LOGO) By registering for Team Salvation Army, your benefits are huge. You will receive free entry into the 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon; a...

Image 1 - Important Clue Uncovered For Origins Of A Type Of Supernovae Explosion
2012-03-04 06:11:31

Pitt team used Sloan Digital Sky Survey to determine that the merger of double white dwarfs is a plausible explanation for Type Ia supernovae The origin of an important type of exploding stars–Type Ia supernovae–have been discovered, thanks to a research team at the University of Pittsburgh. Studying supernovae of this type helps researchers measure galaxy distances and can lead to important astronomical discoveries. A paper detailing this research has been accepted for...

2012-03-02 13:41:24

A powerful new imaging technique called High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) will allow doctors to clearly see for the first time neural connections broken by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other disorders, much like X-rays show a fractured bone, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in a report published online today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. In the report, the researchers describe the case of a 32-year-old man who wasn't wearing a helmet when his all-terrain...

2012-02-21 23:10:56

Discovery is designed to allow inexpensive detection of poisonous industrial gases by workers wearing small sensor chips filled with gold nanowires Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have coaxed gold into nanowires as a way of creating an inexpensive material for detecting poisonous gases found in natural gas. Along with colleagues at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Alexander Star, associate professor of chemistry in Pitt's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and...

2012-02-14 13:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UPMC for Life, the Medicare Advantage program of UPMC Health Plan, is a growing choice for health-conscious Medicare consumers. Results of the latest Open Enrollment Period available from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) note that UPMC for Life saw a growth rate of 13.6 percent in 2011, more than four percentage points above the national growth rate for such plans. "The reasons behind the increases are many, but one...

2012-02-10 17:56:00

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three rising young classical musicians who happen also to be enrolled in the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School will be featured in nationwide radio broadcasts of "From the Top," a preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly by 700,000 listeners on National Public Radio stations. PA Cyber students Daniel Orsen, 17, a violist from Pittsburgh, and pianist/composer Aleksandr Voinov, 14, of Sewickley, Pa., will be among teenage...