Carnegie Science Center Unveils Upgrades To Buhl Planetarium, New Addition To Miniature Railroad

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The first part of a major renovation to the Buhl Planetarium at the Carnegie Science Center is complete.

Phase one of the multi-million dollar project involved a major technological upgrade to, as the Carnegie Science Center says, make the planetarium more immersive and realistic.

“This technology enables us to provide magnificent educational programs to wide-eyed school children, amaze adults with astronomic details, and reestablish Pittsburgh as a destination for public space exploration,” Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center Jason Brown, said.

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The upgrades will also improve accessibility with assistive listening devices, closed captioning glasses, and “handheld star globes” to provide a “tactile representation of the night sky.”

The Buhl Planetarium will reopen this Saturday.

The Science Center is also unveiling a new feature in its Miniature Railroad and Village display.


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What Did Twitter Just Do? Lack Of Edit Button Upsets User After Fleets Unveiled

Twitter (TWTR) on Tuesday introduced a new feature, and no, it’s not an edit button. 

Following the path set by Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, Twitter has implemented a feature called “Fleets.” It is similar to “Stories,” which allows users to make posts that disappear after a certain amount of time, usually 24 hours. 

Tweets are able to be deleted, but many times they can stay on the internet through search engines and third-party websites. With Fleets, there’s no trace of them after they’re deleted by the user or the time runs out. 

Fleets is a new accessory to the social media site that can add more open conversations and creativity, according to Variety. However, it’s not what some Twitter users were expecting, nor what they’ve been asking for, for years.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram apps have an edit button after users post something on their feed. Whether it be

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Robinhood is lining up advisers for a possible 2021 IPO: Bloomberg

Robinhood may be making the first moves in its long-targeted initial public offering.

The stock-trading startup has asked banks to submit proposals to advise an IPO, Bloomberg news reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources “with knowledge of the matter.”

According to Bloomberg, the listing could happen as soon as the first quarter of 2021, as an end to the Trump administration soothes anxious investors’ nerves and helps markets slowly return to record highs. Airbnb and DoorDash notably both filed prospectuses this month.

A Robinhood spokesperson declined to comment on the report. It’s also possible plans for an IPO are disrupted.

Preparations to go public aren’t new for Robinhood, and CEO Baiju Bhatt said as early as 2018 that the company was looking towards an eventual IPO. More than two years later, the startup is now worth close to $12 billion following its latest funding round in September.

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Greenland’s Largest Glaciers Likely To Melt Faster Than Feared: Study

The three largest glaciers in Greenland — which hold enough frozen water to lift global sea levels some 1.3 metres — could melt faster than even the worst-case warming predictions, research published Tuesday showed.

Until 2000, the main driver of sea level rise was melting glaciers and the expansion of ocean water as it warms.

But over the last two decades, the world’s ice sheets atop Greenland and Antarctica have become the single largest source of sea level rise.

Over the last two decades, the world's ice sheets atop Greenland and Antarctica have become the single largest source of sea level rise Over the last two decades, the world’s ice sheets atop Greenland and Antarctica have become the single largest source of sea level rise Photo: AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRAND

A team of researchers based in Denmark and Britain used historical images and a host of other data to estimate how much ice had been lost from Greenland’s Jakobshavn Isbrae, Kangerlussuaq Glacier and Helheim Glaciers in the 20th century.

They found that Jakobshavn

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Britain to ban new petrol cars and vans by 2030 on road to net zero emissions

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will move up a ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030 and is eyeing 250,000 new jobs as part of a green industrial revolution, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he tries to meet Britain’s net zero emissions climate target.

FILE PHOTO: An exhaust emits fumes as a car is driven through Richmond in London, Britain December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Johnson is seeking to show his government is on track to deliver manifesto promises after a tumultuous few days in which he was forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone with COVID-19, and his most senior adviser, arch Brexiteer Dominic Cummings, was ousted.

“Now is the time to plan for a green recovery with high-skilled jobs that give people the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make the country cleaner, greener and more beautiful,” Johnson said in a

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Video shows car thief use electronic fake key in Charlotte

Police say thieves are using software that allows them to copy a car’s electronic key code to commit more crimes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Home security cameras were rolling in north Charlotte as a pair of suspected thieves managed to unlock and drive a stolen car right out of someone else’s driveway.

Tina Cochran said the stolen car belonged to her daughter. The video recording from around 4 a.m. shows the perceived suspects using technology as a tool to commit the crime.

“They pull out these devices, hit it, and immediately unlocked my car,” Cochran said.

Police say it’s devices like this that allow suspects to copy the key’s electronic code then easily access someone else’s car.

“There’s no jimmying, no hot wiring none of that, “Cochran said. “They just get within range, copy it, and they’re in.”

In the video, you can see the suspects rummage through the vehicles, but

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Apple lets some Big Sur network traffic bypass firewalls

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Firewalls aren’t just for corporate networks. Large numbers of security- or privacy-conscious people also use them to filter or redirect traffic flowing in and out of their computers. Apple recently made a major change to macOS that frustrates these efforts.

Beginning with macOS Catalina released last year, Apple added a list of 50 Apple-specific apps and processes that were to be exempted from firewalls like Little Snitch and Lulu. The undocumented exemption, which didn’t take effect until firewalls were rewritten to implement changes in Big Sur, first came to light in October. Patrick Wardle, a security researcher at Mac and iOS enterprise developer Jamf, further documented the new behavior over the weekend.

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The OnSolve Platform for Critical Event Management is Now Listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OnSolve, a leading critical event management provider for enterprises, SMB organizations, and government entities, today announced its critical event management platform is now listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace. FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) is a United States federal government-wide program that provides one of the most rigorous, standardized approaches to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The Tennessee Valley Authority is OnSolve’s sponsoring agency.

In addition to its new U.S. FedRAMP listing, the company has been approved as a supplier on the United Kingdom’s Crown Commercial Services’ G-Cloud 12 procurement digital marketplace, where public sector organizations in the U.K. can access best-in-class critical event management solutions from OnSolve.

“Our mission at OnSolve has always been to provide the highest level of service and security to our customers regardless of their industry,” said OnSolve Chief Executive

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Canaan Profits From Bitcoin’s Rise As Its AI Segment Waits (NASDAQ:CAN)

Quick Take

Canaan (CAN) went public in November 2019, selling 10 million ADSs at $9.00 each in a U.S. IPO.

The firm has developed Bitcoin mining and artificial intelligence-specific computing chips.

CAN will see continued strong demand for its Bitcoin mining machines due to the continued price rise of Bitcoin, but its AI chip business awaits a new chip before it has a chance to contribute meaningfully to revenue.

I’m cautiously Bullish on CAN due to the continued strong rise in the value of Bitcoin and its effect on miner demand for new machines.


Huangzhou, China-based Canaan was founded in 2013 with an initial focus on developing ASIC applications for Bitcoin mining under the brand Avalon Miner and has since expanded its portfolio with the Kendryte K210 chip.

Management is headed by founder and CEO Nangeng Zhang, who was previously an assistant researcher at the Beijing Remote Sensing and

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Cerebras Systems and National Energy Technology Laboratory Set New Compute Milestone

At Two Hundred Times the Speed of a Supercomputer, CS-1 Delivers Performance Unattainable with CPUs and GPUs

Cerebras Systems, the pioneer in high performance artificial intelligence (AI) compute, today announced record-breaking performance on a scientific compute workload. In collaboration with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Cerebras demonstrated its CS-1 delivering speeds beyond what either CPUs or GPUs are currently able to achieve. Specifically, the CS-1 was 200 times faster than the Joule Supercomputer on the key workload of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

“NETL researchers and the Cerebras team collaborated to extend the frontier of what is possible,” said Dr. Brian J. Anderson, Lab Director at NETL. “This work at the intersection of supercomputing and AI will extend our understanding of fundamental scientific phenomena, including combustion and how to make combustion more efficient. Together, NETL and Cerebras are using innovative new computer architectures to further the NETL

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