You Shouldn't Be Surprised that Obama Supports Net Neutrality

During his tenure in office, Obama has earned a reputation for hemming and hawing. But there was no sign of that in the video he released today, where he came down hard in favor of net neutrality and gave ISPs the presidential middle finger. Why now? Because it's a rare no-lose scenario for the White House. » 11/10/14 1:40pm 11/10/14 1:40pm

Obama's Efforts to Reduce U.S. Nuclear Weapons Are Kind Of Pathetic

The White House has released figures on the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal: Our stockpile consists of 4,804 warheads. The good news, according to the State Department, is that this number "represents an 85% reduction." The bad news: That's the total reduction since 1967. The last four years tell a different story. » 5/06/14 5:00pm 5/06/14 5:00pm

It's time we did away with the stigma surrounding mental health

Earlier today, President Barack Obama kicked off the White House's National Conference on Mental Health by calling for more honest, open and understanding discussions about mental health and its far-reaching effects. » 6/03/13 3:30pm 6/03/13 3:30pm

Obama to take first step toward building Skynet

The Obama administration wants to jumpstart brain research in an ambitious collaborative enterprise that's already being called the Human Genome Project of Neuroscience. The decade-long endeavor will explore the inner workings of the human mind and work toward charting a map of its activity. According to the NYT, the… » 2/18/13 12:20pm 2/18/13 12:20pm

This is the most accurate American election map we've seen yet

There are no red states or blue states. There are purple states. Mauve states. Violet states. You've probably seen maps that depict America's blended political landscape before ("we are not that divided" writes Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo), but odds are you've never seen one quite like this. It was created by… » 11/14/12 8:41am 11/14/12 8:41am

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

And now, President Obama riding a lion while wielding a lightsaber

I don't care who you're voting for this November, this digital rendering of a lightsaber-wielding, lion-mounted Obama — created by digit artist Jason Heuser — is hands down the most badass thing we've seen today. » 9/24/12 3:40pm 9/24/12 3:40pm

Read Obama and Romney's answers to the country's top science questions

Where do the two men who would be President stand on crucial questions about science? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have released their answers to a series of incisive, science-themed questions assembled by ScienceDebate. » 9/05/12 4:00pm 9/05/12 4:00pm

Why Romney and Obama's Written Science Answers Aren't Enough

Romney and Obama have agreed to answer questions on science and science policy, but it's a bittersweet victory. A few weeks ago we told you about ScienceDebate, an independent citizens' initiative devoted to having Obama and Romney face off over fourteen questions about science in a publicly televised debate. Now,… » 8/30/12 11:00am 8/30/12 11:00am

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

It's time to bring science to the fore of political discourse by having…

If you want to see Obama and Romney devote time to addressing important questions about science and science policy in a publicly televised debate, you're going to have to fight for it. Back in 2008, an independent citizens' initiative, known simply as "ScienceDebate," pushed to have 14 such questions addressed in a… » 7/20/12 11:06am 7/20/12 11:06am

If this video doesn't make your heart swell, there's a decent chance…

Here comes your daily dose of optimism. Filmmaker Michael Marantz has just released The Future is Ours, a rousing two-minute tribute to the people and companies pushing humanity forward. Full screen, HD, headphones if you've got 'em. Fair warning: this will, at a minimum, give you chills — but don't be surprised if… » 6/26/12 11:20am 6/26/12 11:20am

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

Obama's Plans For NASA: Mars By 2030, $6 Billion Budget Increase Today

Earlier today, President Obama spoke at the Kennedy Space Center, outlining the future of the US space program, including a $6 billion budget increase and plans to go to Mars. Here are highlights from his speech. » 4/15/10 1:19pm 4/15/10 1:19pm

Will We Ever Send Another American Into Space?

Today in Florida, President Obama will announce his new goals for the NASA space program. Robots will go to space instead of humans. And Americans may never walk on the Moon again. But is that a bad thing? » 4/15/10 11:20am 4/15/10 11:20am

Is V Anti-Obama Propaganda?

V exceeded many people's expectations last night, getting 13.9 million viewers and coming first among adults aged 18-49. But is the show just one big anti-Obama screed, as some have claimed? We'll answer that question... with spoilers. » 11/04/09 11:21am 11/04/09 11:21am

President Obama Vetoes Mutant Registration Act

I no longer listen to The Onion Radio News for humor, but with a tinge of hope that some day, this will all be real and mutants and humans will find peace. Just listen: » 5/19/09 9:30am 5/19/09 9:30am