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Pittsburgh will be the next hipster haven as one of the 15 Hottest Cities of the Future

With its affordable housing, thriving student population, emerging arts and hip-hop scene, and fast-growing job market, Pittsburgh is quickly becoming the newest hipster haven.The Steel City is attracting and retaining these young creative types with its cool cultural scene and thriving economy.

It was recently ranked the second-best performing city in the US by the Metro Monitor from the Brookings Institute and one of the top cities in the US where people are hiring, according to Gallup. 
 
That's the full story but see it here with photo and the other 15 Hottest Cities of the Future.

What's Different About The Brains Of People With Autism?

University of Pittsburgh graduate, Jeff Hudale, has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to help scientists understand autism through his own brain. 

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Pittsburgh featured as the Comeback City

In a special 16 page advertiser section in Delta Sky magazine this month, a series of articles titled "Comeback City," highlights Pittsburgh's assets and  advantages including jobs, a healthy real estate market, public and private innovation and investment and billions of dollars in natural gas.

The section is sponsored by the Allegheny Conference, Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh and VisitPittsburgh.

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The furries try to dispel bad rap as they gather in Pittsburgh

The furries flocked to Pittsburgh last week for Anthrocon, the national convention for those who dress as animal characters that possess human personalities and characteristics.

The group seeks to shed any negative connotations associated with their past behavior that has been labeled as a fetish. To gain more insight into this unusual gathering, read the full story here.

Mr. Rogers gets auto tuned in 'Garden of Your Mind' video

Did you ever think Mr. Rogers would go viral?

 PBS Digital studios has repeated, redefined, and remixed Mr. Rogers's iconic personality into this autotuned clip entitled "Garden of Your Mind."

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Pop City's Managing the Marcellus forum inspires this piece on protecting our songbirds

The author was inspired to write this after attending the Pop City/WQED and partners' Managing the Marcellus event late last July.

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Trailer for Perks of Being a Wallpaper with Pittsburgh scenes

In this trailer for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallpaper, you'll spot some Pittsburgh scenes including Mt. Washington, the Ft. Pitt bridge,and Peters Twp. High School. The movie is coming this fall.

See the trailer here.

Behind the scenes of The Dark Knight Rises; interview with Christopher Nolan's wife

Whisked away for 48 hours under tight security, this writer talks about going behind the scenes experience during the filming of The Dark Knight Rises and ends with interviewing Christopher Nolan's wife, Emma Thomas, at length.

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Tony Buba, the bard of Braddock

Braddock, PA native Tony Buba once believed he was doomed not to live past the age of 21 as a steel-mill worker.  

So, how did inspiration from his blue-collar home town help him grow and flourish into a incredibly committed, political film extraordinaire with a bizarre comic sensibility? 

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New electric car conversion kit will charge your car (and wallet)

Carnegie Mellon students create an all-included electric car conversion kit as part of their ChargeCar project. This DIY alternative can convert your old, gas guzzling Honda Civic into a zero-emission battery operated car.

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Surgical robots to take over operating theatres

Robots designed for exploration, search and rescue, and even a simple soccer match are now able to perform surgery.  

With a diameter smaller than the size of a dime, these snake-like robots can identify diseases and operate through just a small incision in the human body. 

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PNC Park noted for best ball park food for Primanti's and Iron City

Travel and Leisure magazine cites PNC Park, along with 11 other stadiums, as having some of the best ball park food in the country, recognizing--what else?--the classic Primanti Brothers sandwiches and Iron City beer.

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The Landscape of the Marcellus Shale

"Pittsburgh photographer Brian Cohen set out more than a year ago to lead a group of photographers to document the impact of gas drilling on communities  atop the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania," writes Sharon Walsh, editor of Pittsburgh-based PublicSource.

"The initial group of four photographers quickly grew to six.

"Gas drilling, regardless of one's feelings, is probably the biggest story that's happened in Pennsylvania in generations," Cohen said. "And people always want to know which side I'm on. It's very divisive.

"Everybody knows photographs don't tell the cold, unmediated truth," he said, but "there's a certain power that comes with photography."

Cohen and his group believed that photography could bring new light to a subject that has generated a great deal of heat because the images enable reflection and a multi-faceted approach.

Read the story and see his photos here.

Yes, Cleveland, there is lots to love about your sister city, Pittsburgh

Except for two days a year when our football teams face each other, there's no reason not to love their sister city Pittsburgh, say these two Cleveland authors. From walking Walnut St to stops at Eleven and Dish and a stay at the charming Morning Glory Inn, they find a weekend in Pittsburgh to be quite wonderful.

But what took them to Robinson Twp for the one thing they can't find in Pittsburgh?

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Carnegie Speech helps international set better communicate in English--in the friendly skies, too

When speaking English poses a problem, as it does in flight communication, Carnegie Speech can greatly improve speech patterns, diction and pronunciation to avoid sometimes big problems. Take their recent partnership with the Pan Am Flight Academy.

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