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Longtime Pitt Mentor, Engineer Works on the Future With Soft Robotics

Inspired by the inner workings of a mechanical pencil in grade school, Anna Balazs went on to launch a career that blurs the boundaries between the living and nonliving in engineering and biology.
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Vibrant Media Lab Taking World’s First Game Console, the 47-year-old Odyssey, Online

Pitt’s Vibrant Media Lab is helping to answer complex questions of technology and culture, exploring past forms of media and experimenting with new ones in a cultural and social context. The OdysseyNow Project exemplifies the lab’s goals.
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Steven Little Receives Pittsburgh Award

Steven Little, the William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering ...
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From Sci-Fi to Real Life: Newly Discovered Substance Changes the Behavior of Water

A research team at the University of Pittsburgh has discovered a liquid polymer that raises water’s freezing point from 32 degrees Fahrenheit to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, much like the deadly ice-nine does in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic sci-fi novel “Cat’s Cradle.”
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Student Team Wins Kids’ Choice Award at 24-hour Hackathon to Solve Pediatric Problems

Getting children to take their medicine in the right dose at the right time is tough. At a recent hackathon, three Pitt students came up with a prototype solution that won over kids themselves.