Obama to appear on TV's 'Mythbusters'
President's Dec. 8 appearance on the Discovery Channel show is part of a White House effort to highlight the importance of science education.
Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM
MYTHBUSTERS: MythBusters hosts, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, speak to reporters outside the White House after they taped a segment with President Barack Obama. (Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will appear next month on "Mythbusters," a television series that uses science to investigate popular myths.
Obama's Dec. 8 appearance on the Discovery Channel show is part of a White House effort to highlight the importance of science education. It is one of several non-traditional media appearances by the president, who appeared at an MTV town hall last week and was interviewed on the daytime television talk show "The View" in July.
Some episodes of "Mythbusters" have looked at questions like whether Christmas tree lights cause house fires and whether dirty cars are more fuel-efficient than clean ones. The show has about 13 million viewers a week and is especially popular with 9- to 14-year-olds, according to the White House.
According to the Discovery Channel, the Dec. 8 episode will revisit the controversial myth that Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only sunlight and mirrors.
(Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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