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Marlo Engels describes herself as an "innate hugger."

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When faced with a new medical diagnosis, it can be difficult for some people to retain important information about managing symptoms, treatment options and prescription regimens. 

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High school students finishing their coursework at home can now access Carnegie Mellon University-quality robotics instructions on television. WQED has launched a new show called “The Robot Doctor” geared toward supporting STEM teachers with curriculum anyone can access. 

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Public health officials have cited contact tracing as a key part of lifting lockdowns and continuing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus; a new app developed at Carnegie Mellon University could make the effort easier.

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It’s one thing to learn economics or world history off a lecture on Zoom. But try it with dance, acting – or tuba.

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A new virtual reality device gives users another sense when it comes to VR experiences: touch. It was developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Research Group has published several interactive maps that provide insight into the spread of coronavirus at the metro area and county levels. This information could be useful as state and local officials consider easing social distancing restrictions.

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Carnegie Mellon University researchers are working on figuring out how to forecast coronavirus transmission county by county across the United States.

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The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and also an “infodemic.” 

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On Wednesday, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of PittsburghDuquesne University, Chatham University, and Robert Morris University announced they are switching all classes to online instruction as the schools prepare for a possible spread of COVID-19

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While it’s widely known that breast milk offers babies health benefits, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher says it might also hold the answer to developing a better way for infants to ingest medicines.

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People in the military often have to work as part of a team under stressful circumstances. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University want to see if artificial intelligence can help teams communicate and function more smoothly, in a project funded by DARPA, the Department of Defense's research arm.

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As concerns of a global pandemic amplify, some Pittsburgh institutions are taking precautions against the new coronavirus by restricting travel to China.

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Discussions about ethics in technology have made headlines this year, with large companies including Facebook and Google battling scandals over data protection and privacy.

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When a lone gunman began firing into a crowd at a Las Vegas country music festival in October 2017, dozens of attendees captured the scene with cellphone video and posted it online.

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Carnegie Mellon University and the global information analytics business Elsevier announced a first-of-its-kind partnership this month that will allow public access to articles by a CMU author published in Elsevier academic journals. 

On Tuesday, 16 universities across the United States and United Kingdom held #NoTechforICE events, urging the company Palantir to drop a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Carnegie Mellon University plans to raise another $1 billion in the next five years to fund innovative approaches to the way it educates students and conducts research. It announced Wednesday that it is halfway to its $2 billion goal.

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On today's program: One Carnegie Mellon University professor wants to democratize access to computer programming; Pittsburgh’s Jewish community is still healing after the Tree of Life attack; research has found some vaping products share the same toxic chemicals as traditional cigarettes; and local afterschool programs gear up for a celebration this week. 

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Airplanes are expensive to build, and relatively few are made each month. A Boeing press release from January touts the company has a seven-year order backlog for the Boeing 737, and is increasing production of the model to 52 airplanes each month.

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Students protested at Carnegie Mellon University Wednesday against a campus recruitment visit by software company Palantir. The business contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and its software has been used to aid the agency in workplace deportation raids. 

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Motorists were inconvenienced for months last year, when a section of Route 30 near East Pittsburgh was closed due to a landslide.

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and for those who need a transplant, the wait list is long. A Carnegie Mellon University bioengineering lab is on its way to achieveing a lofty goal: 3-D printing the human heart.

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The U.S. Army is developing data surveillance and analysis technology in Pittsburgh, though an offshoot of the controversial Department of Defense initiative Project Maven within Carnegie Mellon University’s Army AI Task Force. 

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On today's program: Social science and artificial intelligence are combining to fight disinformation on social media; how volunteerism creates community in the South Side; the Democratic ticket for the 18th Congressional district takes on gun control; and PWSA prepares to bring the Highland Park reservoir back online.

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Kathleen Carley had dedicated her career to studying the spread of propaganda.

“I myself have always been intrigued with how information moves between people and how the movement affects who we interact with and changes our whole lifestyle,” she said. 

Learning a new skill can be tricky, and neuroscientists aren’t entirely sure how humans do it.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are using video games, brain implants and Rhesus monkeys in an effort to figure it out. 

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The main goal of The Advanced Leadership Initiative, informally known as TALI, is to build a pipeline of African-American executive leadership within the region.

 

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Pittsburgh’s air quality made headlines last week when the American Lung Association released its annual report: the region was listed among the top 10 most polluted cities in the country.

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The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh held a grand opening this past weekend for its new Museum Lab, a space that allows kids 10 and older to be hands-on with art, tech and shop tools. 

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