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50 min ago | Post-gazette.com

Author Michael Chabon's 1984 Pittsburgh punk rock performance released by Mind Cure

Back in the early days of punk in Pittsburgh, before ProTools and home studios, tons of bands came and went without a trace - nothing captured on tape.

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Related Topix: Pittsburgh, PA, Music, Entertainment

1 hr ago | O-R Online

A momentous decision on whether a kingdom will remain united

But enough about the hotly contested “Backyard Brawl” that pits the football teams of West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh every November.

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Related Topix: West Virginia University, Europe, United Kingdom, World News, Essex County, England, Greater London County, England, Elizabeth Ii, George Bush, Opinion

6 hrs ago | Bradford Today

Pitt-Bradford to host Internet research workshop October 1st

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host an Internet research workshop to explain how to find credible information on the web from 6:30 to 8p.m. on Oct. 1 in room 200 of the Seneca Building, 2 Main St., Bradford. During the hands-on session, participants will be presented with strategies to help them locate credible Internet sites and be able to distinguish credible sites from others on the web.

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Related Topix: Bradford, PA

10 hrs ago | New Jersey Herald

New Castle's Jameson Hospital hopes to join UPMC

Jameson Health System in western Pennsylvania is the latest to seek an affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Officials with UPMC and Jameson - based in New Castle - say they've signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into UPMC's hospital network.

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Related Topix: Pennsylvania

14 hrs ago | ABC 27

Treasury loan props up Pennsylvania operating fund

A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children. A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children.

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Related Topix: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Drugs

15 hrs ago | Business Journal

Pitt debuting new internship program

The University of Pittsburgh is launching a new internship program Tuesday, aimed at connecting its 18,000 undergraduate students with opportunities at thousands of local companies. The initiative was jointly announced by Kathy Humphrey , Pitt vice provost and dean of students, and Bob Stein , interim director of Pitt's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

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16 hrs ago | Christian Science Monitor

College move-in day: What would Henry David Thoreau say?

Stephanie Seibert, a management major from Pittsburgh, unpacks in her dorm room during freshman move-in day at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Johnstown, Pa. On the fourth-floor landing of the stairwell that led to my daughter Eve's sixth-floor dorm room, I stopped, caught my breath, and thought of Henry David Thoreau's famous pronouncement on the complications of consumerism: "Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

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Related Topix: Johnstown, PA, Louisiana State University, Education

17 hrs ago | Medical News Today

Accurate test for aggressive prostate cancer steps closer with genetic study

Researchers behind a new genetic study led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, suggest their findings will lead to a more accurate test for aggressive prostate cancer and new ways to treat it. Writing about their work in the American Journal of Pathology , the team explains how they found prostate cancer patients with certain genetic mutations have a 91% chance of their cancer coming back.

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Related Topix: Prostate Cancer, Health, Genetics, Medicine, Lung Cancer

19 hrs ago | PR-inside.com

Just Published: "Lentigen Corporation - Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare - Deals and Alliances Profile"

The company develops and commercializes lentiviral vector technology for a range of therapeutic, vaccine, and bioproduction applications. The company's therapeutics include stem cell therapies, vaccines, protein therapeutics and T cell therapies.

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Health, Stem Cell Research, Science / Technology, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Case Western Reserve University, Loyola University Chicago

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Science Daily

New halogenation enzyme found: Discovery to impact pharmaceutical and agricultural industries

One of the Holy Grails in chemical science has been to find the late-stage, site-specific incorporation of a halogen atom into a complex natural product by replacing an sp3 C-H bond -- one of the most inert chemical bonds known in an organic compound -- with a C-X bond, X=halogen. The picture shows the overlay of the microscopic image of Hapaloshiphon welwitschii UTEX B1830, the producer strain of 12-epi-hapalindole E and 12-epi-fischerindole G, of which the chlorine substituents were installed by the WelO5 protein - the newly discovered halogenation enzyme.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Chemistry

Post-gazette.com

New test detects concussion impairments that may be overlooked

Researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a simple new test that can detect symptoms of a concussion current tests often miss. The new test concerns the vestibular ocular system, which is responsible for integrating vision, balance and movement.

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Post-gazette.com

Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

No method currently exists to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer, putting the patient and his doctors into a quandary about the proper treatment strategy. Should they be aggressive or just watchfully wait? Now a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions that signal aggressive forms of prostate cancer, raising hope of better treatment strategies and new targets for treatments.

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Scientific Blogging

WelO5: New Halogenation Enzyme Discovered

Molecules containing carbon-halogen bonds are produced naturally across all kingdoms of life and constitute a large family of natural products with a broad range of biological activities. The presence of halogen substituents in many bioactive compounds has a profound influence on their molecular properties and a goal of chemical science has been to find the late-stage, site-specific incorporation of a halogen atom into a complex natural product by replacing an spA3 C-H bond with a C-X bond .

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EurekAlert!

Project to turn world on to DC power

Henry L. Hillman Foundation grant could help launch the beginning of an electric revolution; Researchers' plans include building microgrids, DC-powered businesses in Homewood In the late 1880s, Pittsburgh native son George Westinghouse won the campaign to base the United States' electric power grid on alternating current . Thomas Edison, a proponent of direct current , tried to paint AC as dangerous, but as things stood at the time, an AC grid was cheaper and more efficient, could carry electricity over longer distances, and was easier to build-so it prevailed.

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Bradford Today

Professional improv troupe to kick of Pitt-Bradford's Shakespeare 450 celebration

The acclaimed comedy group The Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sept. 19 to kick off the university's Spectrum Arts Series and its year-long celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth.

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Related Topix: Theater, Arts

The Lebanon Daily News

Campus news a " 9/15

Elizabeth Burkholder, a new writing student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has received a Panther Scholarship from the university. Panther merit scholarships are awarded to students at the time of their admission based on SAT and ACT scores and high school grades and can range from $2,000 to $11,500 per year.

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Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, Elizabethtown College

PhysOrg Weblog

Vaccine proves effective against deadly Middle East virus

A vaccine developed by an international team of scientists led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine successfully protects mice against a contagious and deadly virus spreading across the Middle East. The vaccine is a promising candidate for immunizing camels, thought to be the source of human infection.

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Related Topix: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Health

Medical News Today

Researchers use breast milk to show a correlation between dietary fats and academic success

You are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study conducted by researchers at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health but to brain power as well. In a paper published in the early online edition of the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids , the researchers compared the fatty acid profiles of breast milk from women in over two dozen countries with how well children from those same countries performed on academic tests.

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Related Topix: UC Santa Barbara, Supplement, DHA, Life, Food, Vegetables, LA, Standardized Testing, Education

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Medical News Today

Researchers create new vestibular test to add to comprehensive concussion evaluation

Researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh have created a new, 5- to 10-minute test that could be added to a clinician's concussion evaluation toolkit for a more comprehensive assessment of the injury. In a recent study published online first by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers from the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program demonstrated that clinicians could use their novel Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening examination to be 90 percent accurate in identifying patients with concussion.

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Related Topix: Medicine

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Post-gazette.com

Pittsburgh: birthplace of the VFW

Despite continual flare-ups in the Middle East which threaten to prolong U.S. military involvement in the region, tens of thousands of U.S. troops have been withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past few years and returned to their homes and families. For many of these veterans, the transition to civilian life marks a continuation of - rather than an end to - their travails.

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Related Topix: Oakland (Pittsburgh, PA), Prison, Travel, Middle East, Israel Travel, Israel Travel, Middle East Travel, Iraq Travel, Life, Veteran Affairs, Opinion

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