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For the Pentagon, it's easy being green

The U.S. Navy has successfully shot down NROL 21 (aka USA 193), the crippled and covert National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite. (See SciAm's slide show here.) Whereas skepticism was voiced by some, the mainstream media outside of the science and technology press largely went along with the U.S...

February 21, 2008 — Michael J. Battaglia

Lunar eclipse: tonight!

It's not quite the worldwide phenomenon of last March, but a partial eclipse hits the U.S. east coast at 8:43 PM tonight and proceeds to totality at 10:01 PM.

February 20, 2008 — David Biello

Monitor climate change in your backyard

Have the sneaking suspicion that the daffodils (or fritillaria) are cropping up earlier in your yard? Prove it. Project BudBurst--a joint effort of several national science organizations, including the USGS and UCAR as well as institutions like the Chicago Botanic Garden--aims to enlist "citizen-scientists" to monitor blooming, or to give the activity its scientific name, phenology...

February 15, 2008 — David Biello

Ethanol worse than gasoline -- Oil companies now officially "green"?

We already knew that corn ethanol is, at best, only a little better, emissions-wise, than plain old gasoline. Now a study in Science indicates that biofuels are even worse, in terms of the net CO2 they're going to pump into the atmosphere, than the gasoline we're already putting into our cars...

February 8, 2008 — Christopher Mims

Scientists & Engineers for America suggest voting science in 2008

If an endorsement by Ted Kennedy, Dick Cheney's daughter, The New York Times or even Chuck Norris isn't enough to thrust you onto a particular presidential candidate's bandwagon, the Scientists & Engineers for America, a nonpartisan organization that advocates evidence-based debate and decision-making in Washington, offers another metric: their science platforms.Examining subjects like energy policy, healthcare, views on evolution, stem cells and the like, the Science, Health and Related Policies (SHARP) Network unfurls each candidate's positions (and past) in a wiki format...

February 3, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Clean Coal Turns to Cinders

For those journalists who have been monitoring “clean coal” technology over the last few years, it was no surprise to hear that the U.S.

January 31, 2008 — Steven Ashley

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