Center for Research Computing

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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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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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Three Times Faster: New Computer System Promises to Accelerate Researchers' Work

Pitt's Center for Research Computing is one of the first places in the country to access Intel's powerful new computing systems, allowing research of larger, more complex problems.