How Obama Will Spend The $215 Million Pledged To Precision Medicine

In an effort to make the current "one-size-fits-all" approach to medicine a thing of the past, the Obama administration has unveiled details about its Precision Medicine Initiative, an exciting and ambitious approach to personalizing the way we treat an assortment of diseases. » 1/30/15 11:20am 1/30/15 11:20am

How Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative Will Revolutionize Healthcare

During last night's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for a new initiative to fund precision medicine. Here's what the proposed initiative entails and what it could mean to your health. » 1/21/15 12:30pm 1/21/15 12:30pm

Obama's 2015 State Of The Union Address Peaked At A Grade 10 Level

Last night's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama was tailored around a tenth-grade comprehension level, which is actually higher than his previous speeches. » 1/21/15 6:30am 1/21/15 6:30am

President Obama Totally Commits To Where The Wild Things Are Reading

President Obama goes full monster face while reading Where The Wild Things Are to a group of children during the annual White House Egg Roll. Wonderful. » 4/21/14 2:00pm 4/21/14 2:00pm

Obama: "The debate [over climate change] is settled"

"The shift to a cleaner energy economy won't happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way," said President Obama last night in his State of the Union Address."But the debate is settled," he added emphatically. "Climate change is a fact." » 1/29/14 8:45am 1/29/14 8:45am

The White House shows us how to recover from a geek gaffe

President Obama attracted a bit of geek ire (mostly in the form of good-natured ribbing) when he mixed his pop culture metaphors yesterday while discussing the automatic spending cuts. But the White House showed us how to recover gracefully from a geeky gaffe: by owning the mistake and using it to turn attention back… » 3/02/13 7:30am 3/02/13 7:30am

Particle physicists still unwilling to call Obama-victory, await five…

Some post-election levity for your Wednesday morning. Writes the incomparable Geoff Brumfiel on his blog, Freak of Nature: » 11/07/12 9:30am 11/07/12 9:30am

Will Obama's second term free him to take bold action on climate change?

The election results indicate it's a win for Obama — but is it a win for climate science? Maybe. Will it be a more central piece of an Obama presidency than a Romney one? Most definitely. Romney's willingness to mock sea level rise (here's the soundbite, in case you somehow missed it being played on repeat in the… » 11/07/12 8:00am 11/07/12 8:00am

The Obama family reimagined as The Incredibles

During the last presidential election, comic book artist Alex Ross portrayed Barack Obama as Superman. Now Nikkolas and Nicole Smith have gotten the entire first family in on the superheroic family in on the act, envisioning the Obamas in the style of Pixar's The Incredibles. » 9/16/12 10:30am 9/16/12 10:30am

If President Obama could choose a superpower, what would he choose?

Nearly everyone has asked themselves the question at some point: If I could have one superpower, which one would I choose? Flight? Invisibility? Superstrength? Telekinesis? But what about our current Commander-in-Chief? Would he select a superpower that would help him in his current political office, or something that… » 8/18/12 7:30am 8/18/12 7:30am

Most Americans would rather have Barack Obama in the White House during…

American's have finally agreed on something in politics: Obama is the guy we want to fight off alien invaders. A new poll, sponsored by the National Geographic Channel, shows that 65 percent of Americans believe that Obama would be better at fighting aliens than Mitt Romney. And since 36 percent of respondents… » 6/28/12 12:00pm 6/28/12 12:00pm

Here's Barack Obama flashing the Vulcan salute with the original…

When actress Nichelle Nichols stopped by the White House in February, she managed to score the ultimate photo op — the Commander-in-Chief brandishing Mr. Spock's iconic salute. Serving as the Enterprise's chief communications officer definitely opens doors. Nichols also stopped by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center » 4/04/12 5:20am 4/04/12 5:20am

Obamaville: Rick Santorum's insane dystopian vision of the year 2014

Apparently taking a page from the dystopian fiction craze, Rick Santorum's latest campaign ad transports us to the year 2014, where the world looks less like present-day America and more like a hallucinatory version of The Hunger Games. It's also just plain crazy pants. » 3/24/12 2:30pm 3/24/12 2:30pm

Conservatives Deeply Outraged by Science Fiction Story From 1992

Derrick Bell's story "The Space Traders" is one of science fiction's scariest thought experiments — because of what it reveals about human nature. It's a misanthropic tale in which aliens arrive on Earth and offer America the solution to all our problems, in exchange for all of our black people. For Bell, who spent… » 3/08/12 3:30pm 3/08/12 3:30pm

An Egyptian reptile alien lives on the back of Barack Obama's skull

Did you know that some genus of extraterrestrial reptilian lives on the back of the POTUS' skull. It's true! Like the spawn of some fantastical Stargate/Harry Potter/Super Mario Brothers: The Movie slash fiction, Barack Obama's cranium has become the host to a reptile invader from Dimension Haircut. We wouldn't have… » 2/20/12 10:25am 2/20/12 10:25am

And now, President Obama playing with a marshmallow cannon

Yesterday, President Obama hosted over 100 students at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the second annual White House Science Fair. Young scientists of all ages showed off projects in subjects ranging from robots, to rocketry, to energy conservation. Fourteen-year-old Joey Hudy even brought an air cannon capable of… » 2/08/12 7:45am 2/08/12 7:45am

You are biologically wired to disagree with [insert political ideology…

Evidence continues to mount that your political leanings are determined, to some extent, by aspects of your biology. The latest installment in this emerging area of research comes from the University of Nebraska, in a study that looks at peoples' responses to certain forms of visual stimuli — politically themed or… » 1/26/12 8:05am 1/26/12 8:05am

No alien visits or UFO cover-ups, White House says

The White House has responded to two petitions asking the US government to formally acknowledge that aliens have visited Earth and to disclose to any intentional withholding of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings. » 11/05/11 3:00pm 11/05/11 3:00pm

Has Barack Obama's patent reform saved us from the rise of Skynet?

Most Silicon Valley companies were opposed to the patent reform law that President Obama signed last week. Some argue that the America Invents Act favors large megacorps over smaller companies, and could dampen innovation in the tech sector. » 9/29/11 1:40pm 9/29/11 1:40pm