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CMU technology conquers time travel

Watch a garden grow before your eyes, explore space and time simultaneously. The latest Gigapan photographic robotic technology allows viewers to travel through time and at an incredibly high resolution. See it in action!

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Watson beats the minds from CMU and Pitt

Chalk up another one for computer intelligence. This time the IBM-inspired Jeopardy computer contender Watson takes on teams from CMU and Pitt in this symposium that begs the question, "who is this Watson anyway?"

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CMU professor Manuela Veloso gets by with a little help from her CoBot

Carnegie Mellon University professor of computer science and Robotics Institute member Manuela Veloso is the developer of the CoBot--a sleek robot that you may soon be able to hire for all your personal assistance needs.  The self-navigating CoBots might not be able to fill your iced coffee, what with their lack of opposable thumbs, but they can adapt to human availability and new environments.  Plus, they will never give you attitude like your human secretary...at least not until they develop sentience and go Kurzweild!

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Pittsburgh has what Cleveland wants

Pop City's sister publication Fresh Water says the cycle scene here in Pittsburgh is turning them green with envy. That, along with Pittsburgh being named Most Livable City.  Cleveland is wishing they had a little more black and yellow in their blood. It's okay, we're always willing to share.

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Sharing innovation in Pittsburgh

Pittsblogger Mike Madison writes in this thought-provoking piece on the subject of increasing collaboration between Pittsburgh's research and development innovators.  He notes with despite all the talent and great innovations coming out of our universities and companies, too often great work is underutilized simply because related institutions aren't well acquainted, or have financial incentives to "hog" their work.  He then suggests a number of ways to bring together the city's great minds.

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CMU grad gains insight into the entrepreneurial brain

While still a graduate student at CMU, Saras Sarasvathy began a huge project--interviewing 45 highly succesfull entrepreneurs about hypothetical business problems in order to discover the ways these types of minds think.  Sarasvathy's research finds that entrepreneurs tend to display high-functioning effectual reasoning.  Her findings provide several other strategies that make for adept business innovation.

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Burgh Living looks at the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative

Burgh Living launched its new "Burgh Watching" video series this week, starting with an exploration of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative in Garfield.  The video features interviews with local artists and Councilman Patrick Dowd, and offers unique insight into the project that has helped transform many abandoned buildings into galleries and studios.

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Pamela's P & G Diner wins National Best Chain on Main award

Everyone's favorite pancakery, Pamela's P & G Diner, was awarded second place in the annual "Best Chain on Main" competition.  The contest, created by the Commercial District Advisor and Local Initiative Support Corporation, selects winning regional and National chain stores from all over the country based on their ability to pave the way for commercialization and to sell delicious food and cool clothing. 

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Salt of the Earth is "daring and comforting"

The Week Magazine recently gave glowing praise, pulling here and there from The Post-Gazette, to Kevin Sousa's new Salt of the Earth restaurant in Garfield.  Unfortunately, The Week requires a subscription to view its contents, but fortunately for you Pop City is running what they wrote below:

"This bold new spot has "permanently altered the expectations for what a restaurant, and a singular chef, can accomplish in Pittsburgh," said China Millman in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kevin Sousa, who made his name creating "experimental" fare for a very small dining room at a downtown hotel, has fully lived up to the grand expectations that grew as he readied his modern and airy new space. There are several styles of seating available, but you'll want to sit at the high stools along the counter overlooking the kitchen: They give you the "best possible view" of the inventive ways that Sousa and his staff combine "cutting-edge and classical techniques." Octopus tendrils are slow-cooked and then browned, resulting in textures that are "fluffy and creamy, with crisp, almost caramelized edges." Sweetbreads with crisp edges are perfect for "mopping up" a fenugreek gravy, which calls to mind a finely spiced Indian curry. Combine all this with the top-notch service, and Sousa and his team have created a dining experience that was well worth waiting for. Salt of the Earth is "both daring and comforting," both "challenging and welcoming." 5523 Penn Ave., (412) 441-7258"

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Google puts $6 billion on the table for Groupon

It's not news that Mt. Lebanon native and Groupon founder Andrew Mason has recently been in talks with Google regarding the sale of his company, but this morning the tech and business world went wild over the news that Google has apparently offered up to a whopping $6 billion for the young company.  Mason had previously rejected offers from Yahoo for $2 million, which many analysts saw as a bold move.  Boldness pays off, as the 29-year-old Mason is about to be a very wealthy man.

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An extensive, generalization-free exploration of all this Pittsburgh reinvention business

Not that we don't love all the great press about Pittsburgh, but sometimes the big national stories about our city's transformation from steel hub to everything that it's become tend to recycle the same rhetoric about revitalization and cite the same shining examples of urban progress, when we know there's  so much more that goes so much deeper.  Hey, we still have a steel industry! That's why we congratulate the folks over at Changing Gears for producing this five-part series that uses written, audio, and visual media to cover neighborhoods, industries, big and small players, and a more penetrating than usual gaze into the crystal ball on the "can Detroit be the next Pittsburgh?" question.  The result is a fairly comprehensive, enjoyable, but serious look at what Pittsburgh has done, is doing, and can do. 

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Espresso your personal business vision

If you've ever dreamed of opening your own cafe, opportunity is knocking. Twice!  The Union Project, the awesome community center in a former East Liberty church, is seeking proposals from anyone interested in inhabiting their cafe space, which closed last year, with their own fresh business ideas.  Proposals are due Dec. 3, so if you're still testing the entrepreneurial waters, The Waffle Shop is hiring a manager. 

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Kauffman Foundation recognizes CMU as a leader in commercialization

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation recently awarded Carnegie Mellon University with $100,000 for the school's commitment to helping commercialize student created innovations and nurturing young entrepreneurs.  CMU was one of only three schools to receive the award.  The money will be used to support CMU's Project Olympus Commercialization Fellows Program, a new business incubator designed to help connect young entrepreneurs to the resources they need.

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ANSYS makes two top tech performer lists

The Pittsburgh area software innovators over at ANSYS have been well ranked on two prestigious tech company lists.  Recently,
ANSYS jumped up 70 spots from its 2009 placement on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 list.  Additionally, the company was ranked 96 on the competitive Software 100 list.  Both lists were compiled based upon growth and innovation.

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Crafty Pittsburghers revolutionize the means of scarf production

American Craft Magazine interviewed Burgh-based Society for Contemporary Craft exhibition coordinator Kati Fishbein about the organization's current "DIY: A Revolution in Handcrafts" exhibit.  Fishbein discusses ways in which the activist ideologies rooted in the DIY craft movement are quickly seeping into the mainstream craft world, and points to Pittsburgh crafters like Handmade Arcade and I Made It Market as innovators in the socially conscious indie craft scene.

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