Pittsburgh group fights for dark skies
Roughly half of the stars visible in the 1990s can no longer be seen in Pittsburgh’s night sky. The stars aren’t going anywhere — so why can’t we see the Milky Way?
Light pollution — the presence of artificial light that interferes with the natural darkness of nighttime — is on the rise in Pittsburgh.SciTech | October 29, 2018
CA sued for net neutrality by DOJ, telecom industry
On Aug. 31, the California state legislature passed Senate Bill 822, which creates regulations to preserve free and equal access to the internet. On Sept. 30, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.SciTech | October 15, 2018
Women to Apple: bigger isn't always better
Apple's Sept. 12 reveal of its new XS Max — the company's largest phone yet — generated excitement in the tech world. That was predictable.
The less predictable response? Exasperation.
The day after the phone's release, a Twitter thread from well-known techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci had tech scholars asking: Is the XS Max too big for women's hands?SciTech | September 24, 2018
Carnegie Mellon/Pitt team receive $3.8 million NIMH grant to study suicide
A $3.8 million grant from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) has been awarded to Carnegie Mellon's Marcel Just and the University of Pittsburgh's David A. Brent, who will be using the grant to expand on their innovative research on how images of the brain can identify individuals with suicidal thoughts.SciTech | September 10, 2018
Facebook hires CMU professors: fair or poaching?
Two Carnegie Mellon professors from the School of Computer Science have been hired by Facebook to head the company’s new Pittsburgh artificial intelligence lab.
Is this the start of a promising research collaboration? Or just another case of the academic poaching plaguing top universities around the country?SciTech | August 20, 2018