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“Eco-Goats” to Storm D.C. Cemetery

“Eco-Goats” to Storm D.C. Cemetery

From Aug. 7 to 12, The Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington D.C. is embracing a new type of green technology, one that will clear unwanted plant species while producing fresh fertilizer: “eco goats.” A herd of more than 100 goats will be temporarily grazing along the edges of the cemetery, clearing a 1.6-acre area of [...]

August 2, 2013 — Bryan Bumgardner
Is Bradley Manning Guilty or Innocent?

Is Bradley Manning Guilty or Innocent?

Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier responsible for the public release of more than 700,000 classified documents, was acquitted July 30 of the controversial “aiding the enemy charge” by a military judge, further inflaming public discussion about Manning’s role: was he a heroic whistleblower or a treasonous leaker of government data?

July 30, 2013 — Bryan Bumgardner

Vote for the Best Summer Books on Science

Earlier this month, Scientific American editors and contributors published a list of this summer's best science books, collecting titles from the "Recommended" page in our magazine and the "Books" section of our website.Now we want to bring you closer to the authors of these books.

July 2, 2013 — Bryan Bumgardner

New Astronauts Face Limited Opportunities for Spaceflight

NASA announced on Monday its 2013 class of astronaut candidates, but the current state of the agency’s human spaceflight program makes it hard to get excited about what lies ahead for these remarkable individuals.To mark the announcement, NASA hosted a Google Hangout on Air with several administrators and former astronauts. After sifting through more than 6,300 applications—the second-highest amount ever received—NASA chose four men and four women, and will train them “for missions to low Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars,” according to a NASA press release.NASA’s human spaceflight program has gone through some recent downsizing.

June 18, 2013 — Bryan Bumgardner
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine