In the movie The Martian, Matt Damon’s character grows potatoes and other vegetables inside a small space station on Mars using only his own waste as fertilizer. Five Pittsburgh students’ winning project in the Ford College Community Challenge isn’t quite that unbelievable, but it’s close. In 2015, students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan started a club called the Aquaponics Team to educate the community about food waste and food insecurity.
Instead of waiting in line for the latest gadgets, you should opt for a gift with a little more meaning. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have broken down gift-giving and receiving to find gift-givers are playing it safe by purchasing superficial presents such as a Pens jersey or hat at a higher rate than recipients would prefer.
The current city flag, if you haven’t seen it, is a black-and-gold, dignified design featuring the arms of William Pitt and a fortress representing the city. But what if it could be updated? Inspired by the citizens of Portland’s efforts to modernize their city’s flag, Will Simmons, editor of the Pittsburgh Orbit — the e-magazine dedicated to the quirky cultural side of the region — launched a contest. In September, the design titled “Three Rivers" by Goob, won.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".