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Rappler wins best science feature story at 1st UP Science Journalism Awards

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:56 PM

A story on PH's Diwata-2 satellite written by Edmund "Edd" K. Usman bags a prize at the inaugural science journalism awards

SCIENCE JOURNALISM AWARDS. (L-R) Professor Clarissa David, Rappler contributor Edmund Usman and Dr. Elena Pernia at the awarding ceremony held in UP Diliman. Photo by Gelo Gonzales

Transgender women can breastfeed, first case study shows

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The report in the journal Transgender Health describes a 30-year-old transgender woman who was born male and had been taking feminizing hormone therapy for six years

BEST FOR BABIES. File photo of a mother breastfeeding. AFP Photo

Japanese, U.S. astronauts on spacewalk to fix robotic arm

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The spacewalk is the first for Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA) astronaut Norishige Kanai, and the fourth for his US counterpart Mark Vande Hei

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. This NASA image obtained February 2, 2018 shows the International Space Station viewed in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second taken on January 30, 2018 from Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

WATCH: Rainbow Warrior calls for climate justice in PH

Feb 16, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The ship will be in the Philippines until March 5, visiting Manila, Guimaras, and Tacloban before sailing to other countries in Southeast Asia

Love in dreams, trees and screens

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

What kind of decision making happens in people who do online dating?

Study suggests link between ultra-processed foods, cancer

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The researchers stress the data shows no more than a correlation between a diet high in ultra-processed foods and cancer. This could be coincidental, and does not prove conclusively that these types of food actively cause cancer.

Cracking discovery: Japan scientist uses egg white for clean energy

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The new method 'brings us closer to our ultimate goal of producing hydrogen from water,' Osaka City Universtiy professor Yusuke Yamada says

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:59 PM

The strain is identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to a hospital after falling ill on December 25. She has since recovered.

BIRD FLU. Volunteers from the Civil Aid Service (CAS) wearing protective clothing take part in a chicken cull demonstration as part of an emergency response exercise in Hong Kong on May 21, 2017.  File photo by Dale de la Ray/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior visits Manila

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The message of the Rainbow Warrior's visit here in the Philippines is to highlight the issue of climate justice,' says Naderev Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia

RAINBOW WARRIOR. Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior joins Philippines communities in their call for climate justice. All photos by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

51 Boracay business owners summoned for environmental violations

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the establishments are required to have technical conferences with the Pollution Adjudication Bureau within the week

TOURIST DESTINATION. A bulldozer moves the piles of garbage that have been dumped on a hillside in the resort island of Boracay i this June 2005 file photo. The worsening garbage problem on the island could threaten Boracay's image as a pristine paradise for foreign and local tourists. AFP Photo by Joel Nito

Valentine message to Cimatu: Declare Benham Bank a 'no-take' zone

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Making the declaration will legally protect Benham Bank, the shallowest part of Philippine Rise, from 'human activity,' environmental groups tell Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

PROTECT BENHAM BANK. Environmentalists deliver their love letter to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on February 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gregg Yan/Oceana

Duterte asked to stop illegal logging in vital Ipo Watershed

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:50 PM

A group asks President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the lack of protection for the Ipo Watershed, despite the payment by Metro Manila residents of environmental fees in their water bills

Philippines rejects Chinese names for Benham Rise features

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The Philippines has raised its concern over the names to the Chinese government, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The proposal will be tested by 'the end of this year at the latest' in 5 cities across western Germany, including former capital Bonn and industrial cities Essen and Mannheim

PUBLIC TRANSPORT. A crowd forms as commuters get on and off a subway train under an electronic billboard in Berlin 31 January 2008. John Macdougall/AFP

DENR gives erring Boracay establishments 2 months to 'shape up'

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he has already issued a directive that no new environmental compliance certificate will be issued in Boracay to prevent the construction of new buildings in the island

When climate comes unhinged, we need to re-think how to build our cities

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Cities will need to adapt drastically to avoid catastrophes

OVERFLOWING SEINE. A picture taken on January 26, 2018, shows the flooded banks of the river Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the backround in Paris. Ludovic Marin/AFP

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:04 PM

The prospect of empty water pipes haunts urban areas in climate hot spots

URBAN WOE. No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Sea level rise is accelerating – study

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:52 AM

The past annual rate of sea level rise – about 3 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year – may more than triple to 10 millimeters per year by 2100, a study says

SEA LEVEL RISE. Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County in the future could be one of the most susceptible places when it comes to rising water levels due to global warming on March 14, 2012 in North Miami, Florida. File Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

A newly discovered prime number makes its debut

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The discovery is an excellent opportunity to take a small tour through the wonderful world of prime numbers to see how this result was achieved and why it is so interesting

The distribution of prime numbers from 1 to 76,800, from left to right and top to bottom. A black pixel means that the number is first, while a white pixel means that it is not. Wikipedia, CC BY

Height, lifespan, GDP: Humanity has stagnated for most of its history

Feb 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This claim is particularly important given that mankind experienced significant technological improvements expected to increase productivity and income per person, from the Neolithic revolution to the invention of the printing press

For exclusive use in The Conversation story//Is the observation that the standard of living stagnated until 1820 reliable? Uroš Jovičić/Unsplash, CC BY

Virtual reality may reduce paranoia in psychotics – study

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Scientists report that in clinical trials involving 116 patients in the Netherlands, virtual reality exercises led to less fraught social interactions

The signature of friendship

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

When we consider someone our close friend, we know that it is because of deeper reasons other than the circumstances of our birth. What could it be?

Filipinos are 3rd most ignorant of key issues – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:42 PM

According to Ipsos MORI's 'Perils of Perceptions 2017,' Filipinos rank as the third most ignorant people in the world in terms of knowledge on key issues such as murder, terrorism, health, and religion, to name some

To baldly grow: Japan scientists regrow hair at record rate

Feb 08, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The silicone used in the study, dimethylpolysiloxane, is reportedly used by McDonald's in its oil fryers, but consuming the substance alone (as with french fries) offers no fringe benefits

As Cape Town drought bites, what is 'Day Zero'?

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:33 AM

South Africa's second city is now facing the prospect of having to turn the taps off under a so-called 'Day Zero' scenario to conserve the city's remaining water supplies

DRIED UP. This file photo taken on May 10, 2017 shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20 percent of its water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town. Rodger Bosch/AFP

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

[The Conversation] Numerous new marine species are discovered every year – yet working out how many species there are in total is a much more difficult process

This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

Emotional Duque aims to bring back DOH's old 'glorious' days

Feb 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tries to hold back his tears as he discusses plans on regaining the public's trust after the dengue vaccination controversy

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasts off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars

LIFTOFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. Jim Watson/AFP

WATCH: SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) Screams and cheers erupt at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fires its 27 engines and rumbles into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon 4 decades ago

FALCON HEAVY. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SpaceX poised to launch 'world's most powerful rocket'

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The launch is hailed as a game-changer because of its potential to propel SpaceX to the very forefront of the modern day space race

FALCON HEAVY. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow's lift-off on February 5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

'Why did Dengvaxia get FDA clearance without EU go signal?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

A physician-turned-legislator questions why the now-controversial vaccine got a go-signal in the Philippines in the first place

DENGVAXIA ADMINISTRATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine, in 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn't need it,' Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specializes in genital procedures, tells Agence France-Presse

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Every sixth breath we take, we drain our brain

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:00 PM

We now crave for our smartphones quite closely as we need oxygen. So what is it doing to us?

Pyeongchang sets Winter Olympic record – for condoms

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'We don't expect the athletes to use them all'

OLYMPIC SOUVENIR. This undated handout photo provided by condom-making company Convenience Co. in Seoul on February 1, 2018 shows a product shot of its 'original natural fit premium latex condom.' Convenience Co/Handout/AFP

Russia launches 11 space satellites 'without glitch'

Feb 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Lifting off as scheduled earlier Thursday, the Soyuz rocket carries two Russian Earth monitoring satellites as its primary payload and 9 US and German piggyback satellites

LIFTING OFF. A Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle successfully lifts off from VOSTOCHNY Cosmodrome on February 1, 2018. Photo from Roscosmos.

El Nido's balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The national and local governments are putting in place measures to minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure on El Nido

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

GUIDE: Watching the January 31 super blue blood moon

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Excited to see the 'super blue blood moon'? Here's a quick guide

The supermoon rises over a highway near Yangon on December 3, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Must we deprive ourselves of all pleasure to stay healthy?

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:27 PM

[The Conversation] Rather than banishing pleasure from our lives, might there be another way to maintain our health and well-being?

Chocolate image courtesy Shutetrstock

'Panic' over Dengvaxia harms other vital vaccination programs, health experts say

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:28 AM

58 doctors & experts, in a statement, slam the 'unsubstantiated' claims being made against Dengvaxia and DOH officials that is causing parents to slowly lose faith in other government health programs

CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM. In this file photo, a student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia in 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Phivolcs investigating change in eruption appearance on Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum also calls Mayon volcano 'the most interesting volcano that we have'

MAYON VOLCANO. A view of Mayon Volcano spewing plumes of smoke and ash. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Vaping may raise cancer risk – study

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences did not compare the cancer-causing potential of traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes

Look up at the super blue blood full moon on January 31

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

[The Conversation] Here's what you'll see on January 31 and why

In this file photo, a second full moon for the month of July 2015 is seen next to the dome of the US Capitol on July 31, 2015 in Washington DC, USA. NASA/Bill Ingalls

11 billion pieces of plastic bring disease threat to coral reefs

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:12 PM

[The Conversation] A study reveals another significant threat to the world’s corals and the ecosystems and livelihoods they support

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

Making cleaner energy from pesky water hyacinth

Jan 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

A group of millennial entrepreneurs finds a way to reduce world's dependence on dirty coal using a very unlikely material: water hyacinth

California wants 5 million 'green' cars on roads by 2030

Jan 27, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The $2.5 billion, 8-year plan also involves the installation of 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025

Mount Pulag's Akiki trail temporarily closed for at least 6 months – DENR

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:39 PM

'Authorities have decided to close the Akiki trail for 6 months or more to facilitate the regeneration process,' says the environment department

Chinese volunteers spend 200 days on virtual 'moon base'

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Four students crammed into a 160-square-meter cabin called Yuegong-1 – Lunar Palace – on the campus of Beihang University, testing the limits of humans' ability to live in a self-contained space, the official Xinhua news agency says

LUNAR PALACE. Student volunteers are seen inside the Lunar Palace 1, a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment, in Beijing on May 10, 2017. File photo by AFP

Oldest human fossil outside Africa is dug up in Israel

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, have been found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel.

MISLIYA CAVE. This undated handout photo obtained January 25, 2018, courtesy of Rolf Quam/ Binghamton University shows a Misliya Cave on Mount Carmel in Israel. AFP PHOTO / ROLF QUAM/BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Both satellites were confirmed separated, acquired and they are on orbit,' Arianespace says in an updated statement

LIFTOFF. An Ariane 5 rocket blasts off from the Kourou Space Centre (Europe spaceport) carrying four Galileo satellites, on December 12, 2017, in Kourou, French Guiana. File photo by Jody Amiet/AFP

Is 'my feelings made me do it' an excuse?

Jan 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

How many emotions does a human being express or suppress in a lifetime? Could we even count and identify them?

EMOTIONS, ANIMATED. A still from the animated movie 'Inside Out.' Image courtesy Disney Pixar