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Understanding 'evil'

May 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Psychopaths blatantly disregard other people's welfare and are single-minded as to what they want for just themselves. Why do they do this?

A hangover pill? Tests on drunk mice show promise

May 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The ability to efficiently break down alcohol quickly should help patients wake up earlier and prevent alcohol poisoning. It should also protect their liver from alcohol–associated stress and damage.

Keep the buzz. Lose the hangover. By bogdanhoda/Shutterstock.com

1 in 3 Filipinos could die from these diseases before age 70

May 18, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The World Health Organization and the Philippine health department say the risks come from tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol

Pregnancy of southern white rhino at U.S. zoo could save subspecies

May 18, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Artificial insemination of rhinos has rarely been attempted in zoos and there have only a few births from this procedure in the past

How dolphins shaped environmental laws, protected Benham Rise

May 17, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Oceana Vice President Gloria Estenzo Ramos says the 'dolphin law' is a "prelude to bigger things" and will help protect Benham Rise

How dolphins shaped environmental laws, protect Benham Rise
Photo from Oceana/UPLB

Antarctica tourism regulation urgent for environment – summit

May 17, 2018 - 4:10 PM

In the absence of rules, travel agencies offer trips to the region on boats sometimes equipped with helicopters or submarines, according to Segolene Royal, French ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic poles

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Exercise does not delay decline in people with dementia – study

May 17, 2018 - 1:58 PM

While a fitness regime improved physical fitness in people with mild to moderate dementia, it 'does not slow cognitive impairment,' researchers report in The BMJ medical journal

U.S. spacewalkers to swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'

May 16, 2018 - 11:11 PM

Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia, the spacewalkers must take utmost care not to get any on their suits

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. Handout / NASA TV / AFP

Tick tock: Study links body clock to mood disorders

May 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Individuals with a history of disrupting their body's natural rhythm – working night shifts, for example, or suffering repeated jetlag – tend to have a higher lifetime risk of mood disorders, feelings of unhappiness, and cognitive problems

New phase of globalization could worsen CO2 pollution – study

May 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

As Asia's giants move up the globalization food chain, many of the industries that helped propel their phenomenal growth are moving to Vietnam, Indonesia and other nations investing heavily in a coal-powered future

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.

8 of the leading Filipino scientists who make us proud

May 14, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Meet the 8 Filipinos who made it to the 2018 edition of the Asian Scientist 100 list

Sick body parts? Just grow new ones

May 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It makes so much sense to go back to the most basic organized unit of life – the cell – if we want to treat diseases

Time travelers welcome at Hawking's memorial service

May 12, 2018 - 6:33 PM

His ashes are being interred on June 15 at London's Westminster Abbey, by the graves of fellow scientific giants Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin

STEPHEN HAWKING. Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday, March 14, 2018. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 yet

May 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The launch was postponed at the last minute Thursday, May 10, when an automatic abort switch was triggered, but SpaceX says it was just a glitch and the spacecraft remains in good health

LAUNCH. Falcon 9’s launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1. Screengrab from SpaceX

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

May 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit. With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a 'marscopter,' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve,' says NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen

MARS HELICOPTER. NASA shows off its Mars helicopter in its NASA Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstration video. designed by NASA. Screengrab from NASA

How has Trump's Paris pullout plan affected climate negotiations in Bonn?

May 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Delegations at the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, show that US President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has not weakened their stance to fight climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

SpaceX postpones next-gen rocket launch

May 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The rocket's main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1

SPACE X. In this file photo, Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. File photo by Bruce Weaver/AFP PHOTO

UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, U.S.

May 11, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

Slaughtered rhino from Kalinga just changed world history

May 11, 2018 - 7:25 AM

The rhinoceros was butchered 709,000 years ago in Kalinga, a time when humans were supposedly not yet present in the Philippines

Bum-biting wombat mating habits could hold key to survival

May 10, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Researchers are tracking their behavior in a bid to improve captive breeding of the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat – one of the world's rarest species

Greenpeace to DENR: Opening protected areas to businesses leads to exploitation

May 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'We would like to remind the Philippine government that our environment is not for sale,' says Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner, warns against lifting the suspension of the issuance of pecial use agreement for protected areas. Photo from the Facebook page of Oceana Philippines

PH's Legarda in Bonn climate talks: 'We cannot afford another Haiyan'

May 09, 2018 - 9:26 AM

While considered a non-emitter, the Philippines must still mind its own backyard and imbibe a low-carbon economy, Senator Loren Legarda says

CLIMATE CHANGE. Philippine Senator Loren Legarda is attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference as the country's lead climate negotiator. Photo by Ping Manongdo/Rappler

Briefing from Bonn: 3 reasons climate talks are stalling

May 08, 2018 - 9:36 PM

With the first week in the Bonn Climate Change Conference now over, writing the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement remains a work in progress. What’s the hold-up?

 PARTICIPATORY DIALOGUE. Opening of the Talanoa Dialogue in Bonn, Germany, on May 2, 2018. Photo from the UNClimateChange Flickr

Taiwan hits back at WHO exclusion under Beijing pressure

May 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council says that under the World Health Organization charter, Taiwan should be allowed 'equal participation' in all WHO events

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Gov't puts trash traps, warns 'esteroristas' in Pasig River

May 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila

SEA OF TRASH. Volunteers collect garbage in the San Juan River. Photo courtesy of PRRC

After death, Stephen Hawking cuts 'multiverse' theory down to size

May 06, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The new hypothesis states that while composed of numerous universes, the cosmos is 'clearly finite'

Music makes 'mornings' break in your brain

May 06, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Music is a powerful emotional glue. When played, it becomes entwined with your memories and a part of who you are.

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spacecraft to study quakes

May 05, 2018 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) InSight aims to be the first NASA spacecraft to land on Mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012

LAUNCHED. In this image released by NASA, a heavy fog rolling in as the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket with NASA's InSight spacecraft onboard awaits launch on May 4, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

One scientist's 30-year quest to get under Mars' skin

May 05, 2018 - 11:50 AM

With a little luck and some help from NASA, the instrument Philippe Lognonne designed to take the Red Planet's pulse will land before the year's end and press a high-tech ear to its dusty surface

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

UN calls current climate funding an 'umbrella in a hurricane'

May 04, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'Trying to address climate change at current financing levels is like walking into a Category 5 Hurricane protected only by an umbrella,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

CLIMATE CHANGE. A child pushes his bicycle as he crosses a flooded street in Ineangan, Bambang, Nueva Viscaya, after the Magat river swelled caused by Typhoon Lando's (Koppu) continuous rain on October 18, 2015. File photo by IFRC

NASA's newest Mars lander to study quakes on Red Planet

May 04, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Since the Earth and Mars were likely formed by similar processes 4.5 billion years ago, the US space agency hopes the lander will shed light on what made them so different

INSIGHT. NASA is set to launch its first lander to Mars since 2012. InSight aims to listen for quakes and unravel the mystery of how rocky planets like Earth form. Photo from NASA's Flickr account

Early humans in the Philippines 700,000 years ago – study

May 03, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Until now, the earliest confirmed evidence of hominins – the scientific term used to group modern and early humans – in the Philippines came from a single, 67,000-year old foot bone unearthed in the Sierra Madre Mountains

EARLY HUMANS. This handout image obtained from the French Museum of Natural History on May 2, 2018 shows an archaeologist at work at the site of an archaeological dig at Kalinga in the Philippines. AFP PHOTO / MNHN / Thomas INGICCO

French Bulldog's cute face exposes it to welfare risks – study

May 03, 2018 - 11:53 AM

'There is a worry that increased demand for the French Bulldog is damaging to these dogs' welfare because of the health risks associated with their extreme physical features,' says Dan O'Neill of The Royal Veterinary College

Brexit prompts UK to probe developing satellite navigation system

May 02, 2018 - 11:29 AM

A task force of engineering and aerospace experts will examine providing both civilian and encrypted signals to give any British system similar commercial and security capabilities as the dominant US GPS system

9 out of 10 people breathing polluted air – WHO

May 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,' World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in a statement

SMOG. A man wearing a mask visits a park amid heavy air pollution in Beijing on December 20, 2016. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Will the Paris Agreement work?

May 01, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The Bonn conference will highlight the Talanoa Dialogue which, for the first time, will gather country negotiators, business leaders, and civil society groups in a face-to-face meeting to discuss what is a fair and adequate – but scaled up –contribution from different countries to reduce emissions

Australia pledges half a billion to restore Great Barrier Reef

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The World Heritage-listed site is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change

IN DANGER. An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

The problem with 'we' is 'they'

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Being with like-minded people is not always good for your growth

Brains, eyes, testes: Off-limits for transplants?

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Experts say transplanting some body parts are 'currently beyond the scope of modern medicine' and raises ethical questions

FACE TRANSPLANT. A handout photo released by the Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou AP-HP on April 16, 2018 shows the face transplant on Jerome Hamon, a patient suffering from neurofibromatosis type 1. Photo by HEGP AP-HP/AFP

EcoWaste Coalition warns May 14 poll bets against using 'harmful' tarpaulins

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Cadmium, which is present in PVC plastics, may have dangerous effects on the kidney, and skeletal and respiratory systems

Scientists shocked as NASA cuts only moon rover

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Resource Prospector is the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the Moon's surface

Overeating? It may be a brain glitch

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM

One of the primary reasons people overeat and regain lost weight is that they have not changed the underlying behavior that leads them to crave comfort from food

SURVIVAL MODE? The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits. Image from Shutterstock

Green groups to Puerto Princesa gov’t: Do homework on waste-to-energy plants

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Environmental groups say the city government has to carefully study its multibillion-peso deal with AustWorks Corporation

NO TO INCINERATION. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project.  Photo from No Burn Pilipinas Facebook page

Women listed as inventors in third of global patent filings – UN

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:18 PM

New data from the World Intellectual Property Organization shows that women are listed in 31% of the some 224,000 international patent applications it published last year

Some antidepressants may be linked to dementia – study

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:23 AM

'What we don't know for sure is whether the medication is the cause' of the dementia, says a co-author of the study

World's first penis, scrotum transplant done in U.S.

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The operation is performed on an American military serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan

This undated handout photo obtained April 23, 2018 courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine shows the medical team (L-R) Drs. Richard Redett,Trinity Bivalacqua, Brandacher Gerald, Arthur Bud Burnett and W.P. Andrew Lee(R), professor and director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine standing near a mannequin. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University said April 23, 2018 they have performed the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant on a US military serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan.The 14-hour operation took place on March 26, and was performed by a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urology surgeons, JHU said in a statement."We are hopeful that this transplant will help restore near-normal urinary and sexual functions for this young man," said W.P. Andrew Lee, professor and director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The entire penis, scrotum without testicles and partial abdominal wall came from a deceased donor.   / AFP PHOTO / Johns Hopkins Medicine / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Inuka, 1st polar bear born in the tropics, is put down

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:25 PM

In recent years, Inuka had suffered age-related ailments including arthritis, and an examination at the start of this month revealed his health was failing markedly

'SILENT STALKER.' Inuka, a senior polar bear, sits on a sand bed inside its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on April 13, 2018. Inuka was put down on April 25, 2018 after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

The melodious mouse that sings for sex

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Why do some males of a species invest more in courting than others? It turns out that animals prioritize sex or survival depending on their energy reserves, according to a study.

SINGING MOUSE. This screenshot shows a male Alston's singing mouse (S. teguina) as it countersings in response to a rival male's song. Screenshot from Youtube.com/country mouse studios