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Pittsburgh’s first mission control center to land at Carnegie Mellon University ahead of 2022 lunar rover launch

Carnegie Mellon University will send its first rover, Iris, to the moon this year.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

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People distrust contact-tracing apps: Can a new approach help?

A team at Carnegie Mellon University thinks it can inspire greater buy-in with a new approach that helps users to prevent infection in the first place.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

National committee recommends who should be first in line for a coronavirus vaccine

The report weighs four criteria: the odds of an individual contracting the virus, a person’s overall health, the societal impact of certain individuals falling ill, and how likely certain people are to spread the virus to others.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

New tool identifies potential bottlenecks for in-person voting ahead of November

The nonprofit group Voter Protection Corps compiled data on the number of polling places and voter turnout to predict where bottlenecks are likely to occur.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

Could robots help in the fight against pandemics? A group of researchers say it’s possible

Robots have long been used to tackle dangerous and dirty jobs. But during a pandemic, even everyday tasks outside the home carry a risk, especially for the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions.

By Avery Keatley/WESA

Pittsburgh universities, schools increasing precautions over coronavirus

Pitt is asking university members who have recently been to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea to practice "social distancing" for two weeks.
By Kathleen Davis/WESA