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    Robots are cool, no doubt about it. Whether they are humanoids like the T-800 from the Terminator series or something more simplistic, like a Roomba, they spark our imaginations and make our lives safer, easier, and more efficient. The Carnegie Science Center isn't oblivious to this, and their new roboworld exhibit is one of the best, if not the best, things to come to the Pittsburgh in recent years.

  • Robots Invade Campus

    Despite popular belief, robotics is not an entirely new technology. Robots have been in use all the way back to the days of Leonardo da Vinci and his Antrhobot. Over the years, they have evolved and grown for uses in a select few fields, namely special effects and automobile manufacturing. 1 comment

  • Autumn_Fest

    Autumn Leaves Bring Festivites

    As the air becomes a cold crisp breeze, whispering through the colored hills of yellow, red, and orange, autumn brings with it the season of festivals.

  • New Scholar Program available at Butler County Community College

    New  Scholar Program provides additional opportunities for excelling students at Butler County Community College.

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    Cummings Candy & Coffee Shop

    Cummings Candy and Coffee shop is a small coffee shop located on Main Street in Butler. Easy to spot by its red and white stripe awning the shop has been a local family owned business for over 105 years. It is one of the oldest run family business' in downtown Butler, only falling second to The Butler Eagle which according to the Butler Eagle's website (www.

  • Finding Family Roots

    Did you ever wonder where your hair color came from, or maybe where you get a certain physical trait? NBC's new series "Who Do You Think You Are?" works with genealogy professionals and, in hopes of discovering different people's ancestral roots.

  • This Pen Is Still Mighty: No Last Writes for Plain but Durable Ballpoint

    Among the elaborate seals, bronze statues and marble hallways that adorn federal Washington, there is another symbol of the machinery of government that is often overlooked: the lowly ballpoint pen.

  • What Does Tax Day Mean?

    Thursday, April 15, is tax day. It's the due date for your parents to send the national government paperwork detailing how much income tax they owe. Throughout the year, your parents pay an estimated tax to the government, normally taken out of their paychecks. But by April 15 your parents have to figure out if they paid too much in income taxes in 2009 and the government owes them money, or if they've paid too little and they owe the government.

  • The Government Is Watching Me, Because I'm So Ordinary

    One day in my senior year, my English class was given a survey. Printed in wan blue ink on heavy paper, it looked like the SAT. Participation was voluntary. Answers, we were told, would remain anonymous... But there was no taking it back. Apparently I'd signed up for a long-term project: No matter where I went or what I did, follow-up surveys dogged me like broken-down cars and poor career choices.

  • Why Advertise? Newsmagazines Have iPad Covered

    The iPad might turn out to be so revolutionary that we'll look back on its unveiling like Alexander Graham Bell speaking to Mr. Watson. Or not. But Apple and its media maestro, Steve Jobs, are once again reaping what amounts to tens of millions of dollars in free publicity.


  • What Makes a Teacher Great? (School Reformers, Take Note)

    My job was to study a roomful of would-be teachers as they watched — and gauge their reactions to determine if these candidates for a fellowship had what it takes to be "inspired teachers.

  • In Japan, a Cellphone Culture's Real Connections

    It's a sunny day in Harajuku, Tokyo's trendy shopping district, and Saya Kato, a high school student, is waiting for a friend to accompany her into La Foret, one of the city's citadels of fashion. Exquisitely attuned to the style of the moment, Kato is wearing a filmy vest over a T-shirt and shorts, sporting a straw fedora and carrying not one but two cellphones.

  • Futuristic Visuals Enhance 'Ring' DVD From Valencia Opera House

    Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" cycle was the "Star Wars" of its day, and it continues to be a cult object in the opera world. Modern technology has upped the ante for productions of "Ring." The four-opera series is practically begging for the full George Lucas treatment.

  • The Pacific

    HBO's Complex 'Pacific' Is an Engaging Assault

    "The Pacific" wastes no time shipping out to the Solomon Islands in August 1942, where we are made to understand that war is indeed hell, but it is also a lot of hunh? In terms of comprehension, it looks at first to be a death march, 10 unrelenting episodes.

  • Jauvon Gilliam Drums

    National Symphony's New Timpanist Loves His Beat

    Jauvon Gilliam, for seven years a timpanist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, really, really wanted to win the vacant timpani position with the National Symphony Orchestra when the opening was announced last year. So he rented a minivan, packed up his drums and drove 26 hours across the country to audition. He got called back and made the drive a second time.

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    In the Virtual World, Making Actual Millions

    Dana Moore sells rain. He sells a lot of it, for about a buck per reusable storm. "I don't know why people love buying rainstorms," he said, watching his product drizzle last week, "but they do seem to like them a lot." -- Selling virtual goods for real money in Second Life.

  • GPS Capability Gives Foursquare Social-Networking Service an Edge

     So this guy walks into a bar. He looks around, recognizes the bartender — and whips out a cellphone, launches an app and taps a button labeled "Check-in here." Then he gets a beer. That is a routine occurrence for people using — make that, playing — a social-networking service called Foursquare.

  • Twitter art

    Learning to Love Collecting Art -- on Twitter

    On Twitter the other day, I stumbled over a clever piece of art called "Why You Should Buy Art!" And I bought it. It was a print consisting of what looked like a sheet of lined paper torn from a spiral notebook on which the artist had handwritten 26 reasons to buy art.

  • Religion opinions

    Should U.S. Foreign Policy Get Religion?

    A God gap impedes U.S. foreign policy. That's the conclusion of an independent two-year study by the well-connected Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The study, released Tuesday, recommends that President Barack Obama and his National Security Council make religion "an integral part of our foreign policy."

  • 5 Myths About Your Mail

    For 235 years, the U.S. Postal Service has delivered your mail in snow, rain and dark of night. John E. Potter, postmaster general of the United States, explains what you may not know about the USPS.


  • Connected

     How one week on showed Twitter me to the power of social media...

  • What You Want in a Wireless Service Plan

     The shiny new gadget you're showing off to friends is probably the least important part of your wireless service.

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  • George A. Romero

    The Crazies Return

    The reimagining of a controversial 1970's film is set to be released soon, and it's got some local connections.

  • Muppets Near Another Million-View Viral Success

     This month, the Muppets Studio posted its latest song-based video on YouTube. Last weekend, the official video, "Beaker's Ballad," crossed the platinum standard of viral-video popularity with 1 million views.

  • Education Reform, One Classroom at a Time

    Sitting on the desk of the secretary of education are dozens of ideas bold enough to finally start solving our country's education crisis...

  • Scholarship Fund Started to Remember BC3 Professor

     As Valentine's Day 2010 becomes more of a memory, it is nice to tell a story of true love, honor and dedication...

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  • Still Rockin'

    Even after ten years of playing, Brad Yoder still loves his job.

  • Steel Magnolia

    Meeting Steel Magnolia

    Lindy follows up her trip to the Country Music Awards with another meeting with duet Steel Magnolia.

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  • Manic Drive

    Former Atlas Hotel Revived by Rock Scene

    Rock bands from near and far have helped to rejuvenate former hotel into The Net Outreach and cafe.

  • Students Use Technology... but to Learn?

    College students are constantly connected, but are they using it to their advantage in the classroom?

  • Tom Comunale

    BC3 Student Signs NAHL Contract

    Tom Comunale is one of many BC3 students taking advantage of online classes to help him reach his goals outside the classroom.

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  • Three Developing Inventions that Could Change Everyday Life

    SixthSense, Wave, and Surface may look like they are from Hollywood, but within a few years they could be everywhere.