After eight years as president of the United States, Barack Obama's legacy in science and technology will be one for the books. Days before Donald Trump takes his seat, the administration makes a move to protect that legacy.
President Obama has given the Green Climate Fund a second installment of $500 million in funding. The pledge is part of the Paris climate deal, which will help developing countries implement clean energy.
Earth/Environment January 18, 2017
Mark Zuckerberg has tapped David Plouffe to head the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Aside from steering the organization, the political operative's hiring can help the Facebook honcho realize his own political ambition.
Internet January 11, 2017
The outgoing Obama administration has issued sanctions and expulsions over allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, decided not to retaliate, and here's why.
Security December 31, 2016
Influential people stepped up in 2016 to join the fight against cancer. Find out just how much these influencers invested in cancer research.
Medicine December 31, 2016
The United States government has formally accused Russia of interfering with the 2016 presidential election through hacking attacks, with outgoing President Barack Obama issuing sanctions and expulsions. How will Moscow respond to these allegations?
Security December 30, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama has banned all offshore oil and gas drilling activities in a large portion of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The declaration is seen as Obama's attempt to keep the environment protected before his term ends.
Earth/Environment December 22, 2016
President Barack Obama on Friday ordered greater protections for Alaska’s Bering Sea against the dangers of oil exploration, expanding ship traffic, and climate change. The new executive order also boosts federal consultation of Alaska Native villages.
Earth/Environment December 11, 2016
Charles Wasko, the mayor of West York, Pennsylvania, recently resigned after a public scandal hit the media. He stepped down only days after his racist Facebook posts involving President Obama caused public outrage.
Internet October 19, 2016
The Obama administration has once again tapped into the power of social media to 'meet the public where they are' with the help of the very first Facebook Messenger bot for the White House.
Apps/Software October 15, 2016
President Barack Obama is planning to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, seeing it as a 'giant leap.' Obama has outlined a few steps that will lay the groundwork for the U.S. Mars mission.
Feature | Science October 12, 2016
President Barack Obama pitched NASA's project to deliver people to Mars by the 2030s, days before the Frontiers Conference, highlighting the cooperation effort necessary for the mission to succeed.
Space October 12, 2016
The United States government has officially accused Russia of launching hacking attacks in a bid to interfere with the upcoming national elections. Will the outgoing Obama administration retaliate against the Kremlin?
Security October 8, 2016
A new species of parasitic flatworms found in turtles has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama. The researchers claimed that naming Baracktrema obamai after the president was an 'act of honor.'
Animals September 12, 2016
A newly discovered fish species endemic in Hawaii will be named after U.S. President Barack Obama in gratitude for his contributions in conservation. The president recently visited the region to draw attention to conservation efforts.
Animals September 4, 2016
On Friday, the White House announced plans to expand an iconic marine reserve off the coast of Hawaii to protect marine species. President Barack Obama will visit the protected area to draw more focus on conservation.
Earth/Environment August 26, 2016
A BuzzFeed report has surfaced alleging former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo ordered employees to filter abusive and hateful tweets against President Barack Obama during a Q&A session. Costolo called the allegations 'total nonsense.'
Business Tech August 11, 2016
Citizens can now send a message to President Barack Obama through the official Facebook page of the White House. Users will be guided through the process by a chatbot on the social network's Messenger tool.
Internet August 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new law that would require food companies to indicate whether their products have been made using genetically modified ingredients.
Public Health August 1, 2016
Barack Obama attempts to shut down Task Force X, aka Suicide Squad, in the upcoming 'Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1.'
Comic Books July 29, 2016
Cancer Moonshot 2020, a national initiative led by VP Joe Biden, aims to double the rate of progress in cancer research and ultimately put an end to the disease. But what makes it a real game changer?
Medicine June 29, 2016
On June 15, President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama in a private meeting at the White House, despite a warning from China. A Chinese spokesperson warned the meeting could 'damage bilateral ties' between the two countries.
Feature | Culture June 16, 2016
President Barack Obama told Jimmy Fallon that he is now in possession of a state-of-the-art smartphone that replaced his BlackBerry. However, the president added that he might have lesser features in his device than a toy phone.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 14, 2016
President Barack Obama wants kids to share their thoughts about science and technology. The leader set up a new children advisory panel as he believes the future of the country lies in these young scientists' innovations.
Feature | Science May 21, 2016
The FBI arrested John Martin Roos because of his threats of shooting President Barack Obama. The accused man from Medford in Oregon, also used Facebook to start a revolution in the U.S.
Life & Style April 29, 2016
The White House recently released the 2015 tax returns before the final filing date, and with it, came the Obama family’s income and tax details. From a reported income of $436,065, President Obama and wife Michelle paid out 18.7 percent as taxes, which came to $81,472.
Society April 18, 2016
The Obama administration has expressed its support for a proposed FCC rule that would provide subscribers with more choices regarding TV cable boxes. The president also signed an executive order that would have other federal agencies to adopt similar policies as well.
Gadgets April 16, 2016
'Game of Thrones' is coming back to HBO on April 24 but the POTUS gets to see it before the world. GoT showrunners revealed that President Barack Obama will receive a DVD copy of season 6 ahead of its premiere.
Internet Culture April 14, 2016
President Obama addresses the importance of world leaders coming together as a united front to eradicate terrorism. The president defends the aggressive stance taken by the U.S., stating the action has already started to shake the Islamic State foundation.
Society April 3, 2016
President Barack Obama granted early release to 61 federal drug offenders as part of sentencing reform initiatives. The clemency targets certain nonviolent federal drug offenders who may have been over sentenced.
Society March 31, 2016
President Barack Obama will announce additional actions from his administration to fight opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. The actions involve expanding access to treatment, preventing overdose deaths and increasing community prevention strategies.
LIFE March 29, 2016
When it was announced that First Lady Michelle Obama would be a keynote speaker at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, learning more about her 'Let Girls Learn' initiative was expected. What wasn't anticipated was that FLOTUS would answer an audience member's question in song — and that she would announce that she has no intention of running for President of the United States.
Movies/TV Shows March 16, 2016
Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland had a comic book collection once upon a time, until he sold it to pay for law school.
Internet Culture March 16, 2016
President Barack Obama has weighed in on the ongoing debate over encryption. He said that while he remains committed to protecting the privacy and civil liberties of the American people, there should also be a balance that would allow law enforcement agencies some degree of intrusion if necessary.
Society March 12, 2016
The Medicare program proposed changes that would apply to Medicare Part B, covering specialty medications like cancer drugs. The new models are aimed to promote incentives to medical providers that align with better patient care and outcomes.
LIFE March 9, 2016
The results of U.S. President Barack Obama's latest medical exam show that the Commander-in-Chief is in better health this year that he was two years ago. Chief White House Physician Dr. Ronny L. Jackson said that the president has lower blood pressure, a lower cholesterol level and even a slower resting heartbeat.
LIFE March 9, 2016
Barack Obama's adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, Lisa Monaco, has promised to reveal the number of people killed by drone strikes launched by the United States since 2009. Is knowing the numbers enough for the controversial operations to gain public support?
FUTURE TECH March 8, 2016
The FDA has a new commissioner amid the pressure the agency faces. With only one year left of the Obama administration, Dr. Robert Califf has a lot of tasks to finish.
LIFE February 24, 2016
More than a few U.S. presidents have appeared in video games over the years, in varying degrees of absurdity.
Geek February 15, 2016
President Barack Obama declared three California desert and wilderness areas made up of some 1.8 million acres as national monuments. The three new monuments include the scenic and historic 1.6-million-acre Mojave Trails.
Earth/Environment February 14, 2016
President Barack Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2017 was recently released and it showed massive support for scientific research. This is good news for the scientific community but advocates are worried about how Congress will respond.
February 11, 2016
The Obamas complained about the bad Wi-Fi at the White House during a Pre-Super Bowl interview. The President said the connection is patchy and the first lady said their daughters are irritated by it.
Internet February 8, 2016
The Obama Administration has announced its plans of expanding computer science education U.S. K through 12 schools. President Barack Obama says computer science must be part of every student's basic skills for them to grow America's economy in the years to come.
Computers February 2, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama urged disease experts and researchers to develop better diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines for the Zika virus as quickly as possible in order to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne illness. The president's call came after cases of Zika infection have been confirmed in three states.
LIFE January 27, 2016
In a bid to continue the fight against climate change, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the halt on federal coal mining leases until the Interior Department completes a comprehensive review. The move received mixed reactions from different groups and experts.
Earth/Environment January 17, 2016