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India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Endangered animals stolen from Avilon Zoo

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Thieves may be imprisoned for up to 2 years and pay a hefty fine of P200,000 under the wildlife resources conservation and protection act

STOLEN. Avilon Zoo asks the public for help in recovering 9 stolen endangered animals. Photo from Avilon Zoo Facebook page


Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) The unmanned Parker Solar Probe aims to get closer than any human-made object in history to the center of our solar system

SOLAR PROBE. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls

Entering the age of human upgrades

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives

NASA postpones launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The next launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens at 3:31 am (0731 GMT or 3:31 pm Philippine time) on Sunday, August 12

SOLAR PROBE. This handout picture released by NASA on August 8, 2018, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls

Here's how many times you need to reuse your shopping bags

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM

As with all matters environmental, it’s essential that we have the right knowledge to make informed decisions

REUSE. Recycled paper bags. Photo from Jeremy Piehler/Flickr, CC BY-NC

NASA poised to blast off first spacecraft to explore Sun

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) The car-sized Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to blast off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida early Saturday

SOLAR PROBE. This handout picture released by NASA on August 8, 2018, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018.  Photo by NASA/AFP

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation,' says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:08 PM

After the Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11, it will become the first spacecraft ever to fly through the Sun's scorching atmosphere, known as the corona

PARKER SOLAR PROBE. Photo by NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

Earth risks tipping into 'hothouse' state – study

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point

EMISSIONS. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global warming has been caused mainly by burning oil, gas and especially carbon-rich coal. Image from Shutterstock.

More problems found in Chinese-made heart medications

Aug 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Tianyu Pharm and Rundu Pharma say batches of valsartan, an active ingredient widely used in medications for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), believed to potentially cause cancer through long-term use

The art and science of eating with total strangers

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There is probably no wall that food cannot melt and break down

Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:52 PM

French organizers Sun Trip have started such races in 2013 to promote renewable energy

SOLAR BIKE RACE. Raf van Hulle of Belgium celebrates after arriving in Guangzhou, in China's southern Guangdong province, after riding 12,000 kilometers from Lyon, on August 3, 2018. Photo by AFP

Blend of novices, veterans to fly on 1st private U.S. spaceships

Aug 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Nine astronauts will be flying from US soil to space for the first time since 2011

The lifesaving power of gratitude (or why you should write that thank you note)

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Gratitude is one of the healthiest and most nourishing of all states of mind, and those who adopt it as a habit are enriching not only their own lives but also the lives of those around them

GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. An attitude of gratitude may relieve stress, which in turn may lead to better health. michaelhelm/Shutterstock.com

Are we alone? The question is worthy of serious scientific study

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:00 AM

I am often asked by friends and colleagues, 'Why don’t astronomers see UFOs?' The fact is that they do.

MYSTERY. US F/A-18 footage of a UFO (circled in red). Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Parzival191919, CC BY-NC-SA

Who built Stonehenge? Cremation ashes yield clues

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A study discovers that many of the people buried at the site probably came from as far afield as Wales in western Britain, source of the bluestone used to carve Stonehenge's mysterious and entrancing monuments

Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia – study

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The research also finds that – among moderate drinkers – wine consumption correlated with a lower risk of dementia than beer or spirits, such as whiskey, gin or vodka

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Kurdish refugee wins 'Nobel of mathematics' Fields medal

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:57 PM

The Fields medal recognizes the outstanding mathematical achievements of candidates who were under 40 years old at the start of the year.

CAUCHER BIRKAR. Image from https://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~cb496/

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Aug 01, 2018 - 12:10 AM

'The Red Planet and Earth haven't been this close since 2003, and won't be again until 2035,' NASA says.

MARS. A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Skopje on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

The power of color on perception

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Who we are and how we behave relies greatly on what we see

Coal plant project in La Union sparks protests

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Residents are urging the La Union provincial government to pass an anti-coal ordinance to stop the construction of a 670-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Luna town

'PROTECT LA UNION'. Groups converge at the town plaza in San Fernando, La Union, in July 2018 to protest coal-fired power plant to be built in Luna. Screenshot from the video of Diane Mendoza Orpilla

How old is my pet in dog or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM

There’s an old myth that one regular year is like 7 years for dogs and cats. There’s a bit of logic behind it.

DOG AGE. KikoStock/Shutterstock.com

IN PHOTOS: 'Blood moon' dazzles skygazers in century's longest eclipse

Jul 28, 2018 - 8:26 AM

At the same time, Mars hovered near the Moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye

'BLOOD MOON'. People watch the total lunar eclipse in the Olympic park in Munich, southern Germany, on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease – new review

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

It looks as though our belief in omega 3 supplements over all these years may have been driven by a few flawed studies and our own bias

OMEGA 3 capsules. R_Szatkowski/Shutterstock.com

GUIDE: Watching the July 28 'blood moon'

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century will be visible in the Philippines, and Mars will be right next to the eclipsing moon, according to NASA

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease

SIERRA LEONE AND EBOLA. People walk under an Ebola's information board featuring Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma on January 22, 2016 in a street of Freetown. File photo by Sia-Kambou/AFP

Space experts worry U.S. won't make it to Mars by 2030s

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Senator Bill Nelson says the White House decision to return to the Moon – a program former president Barack Obama halted in order to focus on reaching Mars – could drag down the whole process

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

First lake of liquid water is discovered on Mars

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Located under a layer of Martian ice, the lake is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) wide, says the report led by Italian researchers in the US journal Science

MARS. NASA handout image obtained July 1, 2017 from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Gorgonum Basin, one of several large basins within the Terra Sirenum region of Mars. Handout photo by NASA/AFP

HIV infects one teenaged girl every 3 minutes – UN

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Girls and young women make up two-thirds of 15- to 19-year-olds infected with HIV in 2017, according to data revealed at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

TALKING ABOUT AIDS AND HIV. Charlize Theron speaks in Amsterdam, on July 24, 2018 on the second day of the AIDS2018 congress aiming at launching a new coalition of global AIDS funders, Photo by ANP/Robin Utrecht/AFP

Look up: Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle night sky

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Past 1 am on Saturday, July 28, Filipinos join the rest of the world in watching this rare night sky show – the longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century and the closest approach of Mars to planet Earth

BLOOD MOON. In this file photo taken on January 31, 2018 the 'super blue blood moon' is seen over Los Angeles, California. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48

Chinese president calls latest pharma scare 'vile'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The mounting scandal stemming from a sub-standard rabies vaccine raises questions about the safety of China's entire vaccine industry and sends drug company shares tumbling

PHARMA SCARE. Vials containing the vaccine for rabies are seen as a local market supervisory authority official conducts a check at a hospital in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. Photo by AFP

If you think love is (supply image), how will you love?

Jul 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Humans shake things up – not only when we act. It could start with how we think about something.

Who's avoiding sex, and why

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The gender differences start early. More teenage females than teenage males abstain from sex.

WHO? More women than men avoid sex, but the reasons for both genders vary. PKPix/Shutterstock

Research Check: Does drinking coffee help you live longer?

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many previous studies, the JAMA Internal Medicine paper found people who drank coffee had a lower risk of dying of any cause – and specifically, of dying from heart disease and cancer – over the course of the study

GOOD NEWS. The study contains some good news for people who drink a lot of coffee. StudioByTheSea/Shutterstock

Artificial meteor garden streaking over Hiroshima soon

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tokyo start-up is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower

REAL METEOR GARDEN. File photo shows the milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower are seen in the night sky over Burg auf Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, on April 20, 2018. Photo by  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/AFP   Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower Japan | science | astronomy | entertainment | offbeat associated with x Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Thursday 7/19/2018 - 16:50 UTC+8 | 480 words  A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.  ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower.  The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by Japan's space agency by March 2019.  The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket.  "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.  Each satellite will be able to carry 400 tiny balls whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret.  Ejected from the satellite, the balls will glow as they plunge through the atmosphere.  The 400 balls will be enough for 20-30 events, according to the company, and the satellites will be able to stay in space for around two years.  The company is also exploring the possibility of using satellites already in space that are no longer operational to create "giant" shooting stars, officials said.  "We are planning to push a used satellite into the atmosphere on a targeted orbit to create a giant artificial shooting star," ALE chief engineer Ko Kamachi, adding that the idea was still in the basic research phase.  ALE's two satellites will start orbiting the Earth by February 2020, preparing for the world's first delivery of artificial shooting stars in spring 2020, over the western Japan city of Hiroshima.  The satellites can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.  Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars.  Each star is expected to shine for several seconds before being completely burned up -- well before they fall low enough to pose any danger to anything on Earth.  They would glow brightly enough to be seen even over the light-polluted metropolis of Tokyo.  If all goes well, and the skies are clear, the 2020 event could be visible to millions of people, ALE said.  Okajima said the company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets.  ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.  It has not disclosed the price for an artificial meteor but it may not come so cheap, with the company spending about $20 million for the development, production, launch and operation of the two satellites.  mis/sah/jta  © Agence France-Presse

Scientists develop blood test to detect skin cancer before it spreads

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Australian scientists pioneer breakthrough blood test that could help doctors detect the early stages of skin cancer when it is still treatable

Gene-editing damages DNA more than previously thought – study

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The research shows 'changes in the DNA have been seriously underestimated before now,' says Allan Bradley of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, who co-authored a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology

First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Got $250,000? Virgin Atlantic, one of the companies paving the way for space tourism, can take you to space for that price

SPACE JET. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity.  The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests – with both companies using radically different technology. AFP Photo/Virgin Galactic


WHO recognizes 'compulsive sexual behavior' as mental disorder

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:55 PM

But the World Health Organization stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviors like substance abuse or gambling

Why 'gifted' is overrated

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Science bears out that success does not lie in passion or interest, but in how you view passion

Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Thanks to a new study, we are a step closer to long-duration human spaceflight

SPACE TRAVEL. Artist’s rendering of a Mars artificial gravity transfer vehicle. Image from NASA

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

Scientists perform first-ever color X-ray on a human

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:51 PM

A CERN statement says, 'This colour X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses'

This handout picture released on July 12, 2018 by MARS Bioimaging Ltd shows a 3D image of left view of an ankle with bones in white and soft tissue in red. Image from MARS Bioimaging Ltd/AFP

Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The structure is believed to date back to around the year 1150

AFTER EARTHQUAKE. View of the substructure inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico on July 11, 2018. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

8 wolf cubs the star attraction at Mexico City zoo

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:22 PM

This is the biggest litter born in a Mexico City zoo since a US-Mexican program to boost the population of the species began in the 1980s

WOLF CUBS. Three-month-old Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) are seen at the Coyotes Zoo in Mexico City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

New telescope to scan skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

If potentially hazardous asteroids are found years or decades before a potential collision, then a spacecraft can be used to nudge the asteroid to change its path so that a collision can be avoided, says astronomer

ASTEROID DETECTOR. A photograph and a baseline design rendering mix showing a view of the completed exterior building from the road leading up to the site. Photo from LSST Project/NSF/AURA, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Sanofi shuts down factory over toxic waste outcry

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:10 AM

France Nature Environment, a federation of some 3,500 environmental associations, says the Mourenx site has been emitting 'dangerous material at astronomical levels'

HALT IN PRODUCTION. French pharmaceuticals group Sanofi shut down a chemical factory in southwest France, in the wake of media reports that toxic waste emissions exceeded the norms. File photo of Mourenx site from Sanofi's official website