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Pitt researcher helps discover smallest known black hole

Carles Badenes, associate professor of Physics and Astronomy, contributed to the discovery of one of the smallest currently known black holes.

By Alexander Hanna, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Pitt professor Carlos Badenes co-authored a new paper about the discovery of the smallest known black hole.

Pitt professor placed on Forbes “30 Under 30” list

Hao Sun, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Pitt named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30: Science” list, poses for a photo in Benedum Hall. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

Hao Sun sees little difference between monitoring the health of buildings and bridges and monitoring the health of human bodies. “In the human body, we have the nervous system so when you feel something abnormal or if you’re sick, your nervous system can tell this information,” Sun said. “I...

Chipotle queso cheats cheese science

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Bianca De | For The Pitt News

October 3, 2017

You’re in line at Chipotle, going over your order in your mind. Imagining your perfect burrito bowl, you consider several qualifications: how spicy you want your salsa, skipping the guac unless you really want to pay extra and — until recently — being forced to forgo queso altogether. For years,...

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

The Pitt Shadow Bandits, a team of Pitt students, faculty and staff, traveled to Tennessee to watch the total solar eclipse and test a theory about shadow bands.

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 22, 2017

As the Pitt Shadow Bandits gradually filled their weather balloon with helium, a symphony of worried gasps escaped from the crowd of spectators as they heard a loud pop and saw the balloon’s deflated remains spread out on the lush Tennessee grass. “Do they have enough helium for another?” someone in the cro...

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

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By John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2017

Three Pitt students are OK after one dropped a vial containing a cyanide derivative in a Chevron lab Thursday morning. The 5 ml vial shattered on the 11th floor of the building at around 10:15 this morning, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. Three students were treated by paramedics after...

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

Sarah Thornton, a senior studio arts major, looks at one of her pieces, a

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017

Sarah Thornton stands in the basement of the Frick Fine Arts Center, preparing for her work to appear in an exhibit Tuesday night. She dips her fingers in paint and presses them to the canvas, using gray and purple colors to put the finishing touches on her visual representation of the connections between phys...

Bill Nye charms student audience

Billy Nye spoke at Carnegie Music Hall Friday night.  Jordan Mondell | Staff Photographer

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

April 12, 2016

Capping a lecture that transported audience members back to the third grade, Bill Nye tied his signature bow tie on stage, prompting a standing ovation from the audience. Nye rose to fame in elementary school science classes around the country in PBS and Disney’s “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which r...

Editorial: Research should focus on utility, not profits

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2015

Scientists and stock holders don’t seem like a natural pair, yet universities often bring the two together. Pitt has taken advantage of private money in the past through partnerships with corporations like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi Pasteur, a pharmaceutical company. Now, Pitt is collaborating...

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