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The Science Behind Sustainable Lawn Care

Who doesn’t like the look or feel of a freshly mowed, thick lawn? Some feel that in order to achieve the athletic field look there must be gallons of water, tons of fertilizer and several bottles of pesticide used. In some lawns, the answer is yes, but in most cases no. You can achieve the desired green look by following similar techniques used on college campuses, athletic fields and golf courses without using products in excess. Planning is the key to success in lawn care.

Virginia is a National Leader in Computer Science Education

It’s been a defining year for Virginia as a national leader in computer science education. At a ceremony in June at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe - with the help of a robot - signed the nation’s first law mandating computer science education as a core academic requirement for all Virginia students beginning in kindergarten and continuing right through graduation.

Viking: 40th Anniversary of First Landing on Mars

What were you doing on July 20, 1976? Maybe you were watching the morning news to see the very first images of the Martian surface. Do you remember being fascinated by the “tantalizingly thin slivers of a picture” described by a NASA commentator at Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena as he watched the first images slowly coming in from Viking 1?