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  • Obama at the Academy, V : Hungry Audience, Meaty Speech

    The warm reception at the National Academy of Sciences was also a coming-out party for President Barack Obama, cementing his reputation as a virtual rock star among U.S. scientists. His substantial but not particularly newsy remarks were probably a little less than the Gospel from on high, but the crowd lapped it up. All the clamor—a crowd of nearly 1000, scientists arriving at 6 a.m. for the 9 a.m.

  • WHO May Raise Pandemic Threat Level

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to raise the pandemic threat level of the current swine flu outbreak within an hour.

    The Geneva-based organization planned to convene its Emergency Committee, called under the rules of the International Health Regulations, on Tuesday to reevaluate the threat level but bumped it up 1 day.

  • Obama at the Academy IV: Speech Text

    From the White House:


    Office of the Press Secretary



    April 27, 2009

    Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery

    National Academy of Sciences

    Washington, DC

    April 27, 2009

  • Obama at the Academy, II

    From the White House press release; our analysis coming soon.


    Today, President Obama will speak before the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, and discuss his plans to reinvigorate the American scientific enterprise through a bold commitment to basic and applied research, innovation, and education.

  • Obama at the Academy, I

    "The President of the United States is in the building," said Ralph Cicerone this morning at the academy as thousands of scientists filled the hallways, member center, great hall, auditorium, and offices. 

  • Swine Flu Spreads, But Severity and Genetics Remain Murky

    Although the spread of swine flu appears to be accelerating—and the virus is beginning to dominate global headlines—the World Health Organization (WHO) stopped short of ratcheting up the pandemic alert level this weekend, although it may do so on Monday or Tuesday. The Obama Administration has declared the swine flu threat a public health emergency, however, and many countries have begun putting in place measures to stop the virus.

  • CDC Looking Nationwide for More Swine Flu

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it has not found any new cases of swine flu in the country other than the eight identified earlier. As of yesterday evening, Mexico reported it had 1004 suspected cases and 68 deaths (20 of which had been confirmed).

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