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Newly Discovered Parasite Named After Obama

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Newly Discovered Parasite Named After Obama

For better or worse, President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House has been a historic one. As his presidency draws to a close, many individuals and organizations are finding ways to commemorate the 44th American president – some more creative than others. Despite whatever may come of Obama’s political legacy, at least Obama’s name will now live forever in the annals of scientific classification thanks to a newly discovered and named blood worm: Baracktrema obamai. A team of microbiologists from St. Mary’s University discovered the new bloodborne parasite while conducting field research in East Asia. In a St. Mary’s...

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Seeing the end of Obama’s space doctrine, a bipartisan Congress moves in

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Seeing the end of Obama’s space doctrine, a bipartisan Congress moves in

Although it has been less than thrilled by NASA’s effective taboo on lunar exploration, Congress has adopted a good-cop approach toward the agency's asteroid-then-Mars human spaceflight plans during the last six years. In hearings, members have suggested that the space agency reconsider its human mission to an asteroid and perhaps work with Europe on some tentative plans to send humans to the surface of the Moon. But NASA hasn’t acquiesced to this gentle cajoling. During the recent appropriations process in the House, as Ars reported in May, members exercised the power of the purse to more forcefully nudge NASA back...

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U.S. reports 279 Zika cases in pregnant women, Obama pushes Congress on funds

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U.S. reports 279 Zika cases in pregnant women, Obama pushes Congress on funds

Health officials said 279 pregnant women in the United States and U.S. territories have tested positive for Zika infection, prompting a new call from President Barack Obama for more funding to fight the outbreak spreading through the Americas. Obama wants the U.S. Congress to provide close to $1.9 billion for vaccine development, faster diagnostic tests, and new tools for killing the mosquitoes that carry the virus, which can cause a rare birth defect in newborns and neurological disorders in adults. "We've got to get moving," Obama told reporters after meeting top health officials in the Oval Office. "This has to...

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President Obama set as weeklong guest host for Science Channel nightly news segment

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President Obama set as weeklong guest host for Science Channel nightly news segment

Science Channel's nightly news series is getting a high-profile visitor this week. Mashable has learned that President Barack Obama is set to act as a guest presenter for five editions of the network's evening news program, Science Presents DNews,starting Monday night. In the short segments, Obama will deliver updates on a wide range of timely topics, including innovations in public health, space, and technology. His appearance in the news segments, which air every weeknight at 9 p.m. ET on the Science Channel, comes during a week that will see many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related-activities — including the...

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Nuclear terrorism fears loom over Obama's final atomic summit

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Nuclear terrorism fears loom over Obama's final atomic summit

Just as fears of nuclear terrorism are rising, U.S. President Barack Obama's drive to lock down vulnerable atomic materials worldwide seems to have lost momentum and could slow further. With less than 10 months left in office to follow through on one of his signature foreign policy initiatives, Obama will convene leaders from more than 50 countries in Washington this week for his fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, a high-level diplomatic process that started and will end on his watch. A boycott by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently unwilling to join in a U.S.-dominated gathering at a time of...

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