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QOL Tech Center in the news at Consumer Electronics Show

The Quality of Life Technology Center is highlighted in this brief news report and video from the Consumer Electronics Show.
QOL is noted for its robots that help the elderly or disabled.

Read the full story here.

No Rust in Rochester -- or Pittsburgh for that matter

Why does one city like Pittsburgh take off while another sputters after economic decline? In an article about why Rochester is succeeding following the Eastman Kodak bust, Pittsburgh is reference numerous times for its comeback success.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh fares well with Latinos in ranking; not so well with African Americans

Well, the good news is that Pittsburgh fares well among Latinos for opportunities in our metro region. (Is that because there aren't many?) If only we did as well with our African-American population.

Their report card scores metros on five factors: residential segregation, neighborhood affluence (for the average black, Latino, and non-Hispanic white), public school quality (for the average black, Latino, and non-Hispanic white student), employment (among working-age adults), and homeownership.

Read the full story here.

Chachi plays videos: it's all about the kids. And raising money for them.

It's about the Toonseum getting behind the effort with giant screens. And about the kids who are the beneficiaries of the money raised. And about all those who are donating to the cause. This week, Chachi plays videos with kids for 24 hours in Pittsburgh.

Read the full story in the Sorgatron media blog.

PNC only local company to make Top 50 Company for Executive Women

The National Association for Female Executives named PNC Financial Services Group a Top 50 Company for Executive Women. It was the only Pittsburgh-based company to make the list.

The organization evaluated companies for their recruiting, retaining and promoting of women. Only 3.6 percent of the executives at the average Fortune 500 company are women, compared with an average 22 percent at Top 50 NAFE companies.

Read the short news brief here.
 

Pittsburgh's creative tech scene video by ANIMAL

The Pittsburgh Technology's Council's Creative Clash event last week brought some of the region's hottest tech companies together and featured this YOUTUBE overview of many of the companies and entrepreneurs that are working in the region.

Watch it on YouTube.

USC senior gets the nod on American Idol. Patty the Pittsburgh Planker wasn't so lucky

Upper St. Clair senior Xavier Callicott made it through the first cut on American Idol with two thumbs up, enough to send him to Hollywood for the next round. Read it here.

Patty the Pittsburgh Planker got the on air treatment, but won't be going the distance.

Dogs use "bark" robotic technology on search and rescue missions at CMU

Man's best friend is teaming up with robotics technology on search and rescue missions. Check out this video, released by CMU, featuring a German Shepherd named Freitag with a snake robot strapped to his belly on a practice mission to rescue a man from a 60-foot tunnel. Howie Choset of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute believes this this the beginning of a great canine-technology partnership. 

Watch it on MSNBC.com

Pittsburgh named one of the 10 cheapest last minute getaways

Citing low hotel rates and a great art scene, Pittsburgh gets noted as a cheap last minute destination. What to buy here? Clothes, for starters, since there's no sales tax. 

Read more in this article. 


Pittsburgh among 26 cities in the U.S. reporting a job rebound to pre-recession peak

While nearly 90 percent of all cities in the U.S. have failed to regain jobs since the Great Recession, Pittsburgh is not among those struggling to come back. The region is listed as among 26 out of 363 cities that is successfully rebounding on the job front. 

Read it in Bloomberg.

"A hipster batcave where inventors work on secret gadgets"? It must be DeepLocal

Communications Arts, a site known for its creative hotlist of careers in the creative arts, flagged Pittsburgh's DeepLocal for mention in its fresh section this month. 

See what Communication Arts had to say about the outside-in creative digital design company.

Allegheny General's liver and heart transplant programs among the best in the state

Two Pittsburgh hospitals were recognized as among the best in patient care quality when it comes to liver and heart transplants in a report by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) issued this month.

For a second consecutive year, Allegheny General Hospital's one-year survival rate among adult patients undergoing heart transplants was the best of any medical center in the state. In addition, AGH's adult liver transplant performance posted a one-year survival rate that was the state's best and among the top 25 adult transplant programs in the country out of 139 medical centers.  

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC also received outstanding marks for both heart and liver transplants by SRTR.
 
Read the report here.


Pittsburgh among top 25 best places to retire

Thanks partly to tech, says Forbes, Pittsburgh is getting a second wind. Cost of living is low, the average house price is $121,000 and there's a bunch of universities providing jobs and contributing to vitality. Read more about why Pittsburgh was chosen among the top cities for active retirement.

Read about Pittsburgh and the rest of the cities here.

Will Pittsburgh be the location for two petrochemical plants? One bringing 10,000 jobs here?

Two large petrochemical plants may be in the future for our region.

Sen Bob Casey, D-Scranton, is working on bringing Shell Oil Co. to the state--and possibly Pittsburgh--to construct a $2 billion petrochemical "cracker" plant that would tap the vast Marcellus Shale reserves in the state. The plant would create upward of 10,000 jobs and manufacture ethylene, which goes into the making of antifreeze, tires and plastics.    

Read it in the Times Leader.

In related news, PRWeb is reporting that Renewable Manufacturing Gateway (RMG) has signed a letter of intent with Aither Chemical to build a plant using Aither's ethane catalytic cracker technology. RMG spokesman Jack Stein reports this plant will utilize a completely different technology than the Shell plant, although it will harness natural gas.

The plant will be located in Western Pa., West Virginia or eastern Ohio and would create 2000 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs.

 


Nothing lost or gained but a few precious pounds--a weight tool review

That New Year's weight losing resolution losing traction? Check out this comprehensive review of all the latest in wearable devices and trackers to help shed the pounds, including Pittsburgh-based BodyMediaFit.

Read it in the New York Times.
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