Barack Obama

NASA Team preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

NASA preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

As a manned mission to Mars will certainly pose tough challenges, NASA is simulating Mars-like conditions on Earth in a hope to learn how those potential challenges can be mitigated.

As part of those efforts, four men and two women moved into a vinyl-coated pod just below the summit of Hawaii’s active volcano Mauna Loa. The six people, carefully selected by the space agency from more than 700 applicants, will dare arduous, cramped conditions along with isolation and monotony.

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare

As President-elect Donald Trump is all set to sworn in as the president of the United States, House Democrats have vowed to fight one of his top priorities -- repealing Barack Obama’s signature health care law called Obamacare.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday touted Democratic events organized across the nation to highlight support for Obamacare, which provided health insurance coverage to millions of previously uninsured people.

Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama

Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama

A recently discovered new species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama, Lead researcher Richard Pyle from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii announced.

The new fish species, now formally named Tosanoides obama, was spotted during an expedition by divers inside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in June this year. It may be noted here that the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a protected marine area that Mr. Obama expanded in August this year.

Scientists name a Parasite after President Barack Obama

Scientists name a Parasite after President Barack Obama

A new species of parasitic flatworm that infects turtles in Malaysia is so rare and distinct that researchers had to name a new genus to incorporate it. The species has been named in honor of President Barack Obama and is known as Baracktrema obamai.

It is the first time that researchers had to take such a step for this group of parasites in the 21 years. As per study researchers, these turtle parasites are likely ancestors of the parasitic flatworms that results into human disease known as schistosomiasis.

Obama Administration announces funding for ‘precision-medicine initiative’

Obama Administration announces funding for ‘precision-medicine initiative’

The Obama administration will award $55 million to hospitals and companies for a national research into the genetic makeup of a large sample of Americans. Main objective of the project is to find out which genes are associated with which diseases.

Under the project, complete genetic information of the volunteers will be included to find out genes that are linked with which diseases. As per the Obama administration, precision-medicine project would turn out to be a landmark effort.

Earth Day: UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares ‘We are in a race against time’

Earth Day: UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares ‘We are in a race against time’

You must have watched the Earth Day news coverage of the ‘historic’ ceremonial signing of the Paris Climate Agreement wherein representatives from 175 nations came forward and signed in the book. Secretary of State John Kerry wrote his name along with his young granddaughter on his lap ‘in the name of the United States of America’.

Paris Climate Deal Was both Good or Bad

Paris Climate Deal Was both Good or Bad

The common view point that was revolving in the mind of every participant at the Paris climate talks was that ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times’. This has also inspired even more divergent comments on the climate talks last weekend.

Whereas on one hand US President Barack Obama called the Paris climate deal the best chance they have got to save earth, on the other, Bill McKibben said the Paris climate talks do not even reached closed to save earth. George Monbiot also said that the agreement is a disaster.

Newly Signed Space-mining Law worries Legal Critics

Newly Signed Space-mining Law worries Legal Critics

United States President Barack Obama has signed new space mining law. The legislation provides framework for the US companies to mine asteroid ore and other natural space resources. The law makes space mining legal, but legal critics said international legislation may be violated.

Any person in the US who succeeds in mining natural resources from space gets the property rights, as per the Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act. Natural resources mean anything from water in asteroids to chemical elements like iron and platinum.

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