Fox News has been criticized by the White House for its perceived right-wing bias. It was surprising therefore that President Barack Obama yesterday gave an interview to the channel.
Fox News has been criticized by the White House for its perceived right wing bias. It was surprising therefore that President Barack Obama yesterday gave an interview to the channel. Obama used the interview to step up his efforts to gain support for his embattled healthcare reform bill and he faced tough questioning from interviewer Bret Baier. He even had to chide the interviewer at one point for interrupting his answers, saying: "Bret, you've got to let me finish my answers," he said. "Sir, I know you don't like to filibuster, but..." Mr Baier said. "Well, I'm trying to answer your question and you keep on interrupting," the president replied. The BBC declared the interview as "largely unproductive" with the president extolling the virtues of healthcare reform while Baier grilled him on some of the controversial congressional procedures being explored by the Democrats as they attempt to pass the bill. But there was some good news for Obama, as Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who had previously voted against healthcare reform, publicly pledged his support for it.
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Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.
- Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
- Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
- The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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