'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:36 AM

A revised assessment of the kangaroo sized Chilesaurus bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long standing classification of all dinosaurs

HERBIVOROUS DINO. This file photo taken on June 23, 2015 shows a replica of a skeleton of a Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a bizarre genus of herbivorous dinosaur, exhibited at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

#InspireCourage: UP grad from Marawi dreams of building PH biotech industry

Jun 30, 2017 - 12:34 PM

You have to have many scientists – Filipino scientists – who are passionate about the country and those who do not forget their country says Arman Ali Ghodsinia

On Rappler Talk on Thursday, 3:30 pm, June 29, UP honors students Arman Ali Ghodsinia and his sister, Farah, talk about the plight and aspirations of their fellow Maranaos as the fight rages in their hometown

Rappler Talk: UP summa cum laude from Marawi on breaking barriers, pushing for peace

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:39 PM

On Rappler Talk on Thursday 3:30 pm June 29 Ghodsinia talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz about the Maranao people – their plight and aspirations – from the point of view of the youth Bookmark this page

UP student who hails from Marawi to deliver valedictory speech

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The 22 year old graduating student will speak on behalf of 36 summa cum laude students and 4 000 graduates

PROUD MARANAO. UP student Arman Ali Ghodsinia is expected to deliver the valedictory address during the 106th commencement exercise in UP Diliman. Photo from UP Diliman Information Office

New fossils found 'proof' life on Earth existed earlier than thought

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The oldest fossils ever found are direct evidence of life on Earth 3 8 to 4 3 billion years ago – within a few hundred million years of the accretion of the solar system

Haematite tubes from the NSB hydrothermal vent deposits that represent the oldest microfossils and evidence for life on Earth. Credit: Matthew Dodd

We all fall 'a thousand kisses deep'

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] Love makes biological sense Here s why

2016 top science stories: Spacetime ripples, feathered dinos, a 'fairy' in space

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

What are the biggest discoveries and ideas in science this year? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months

NASA on the hunt for space poop geniuses

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:12 AM

When you ve got to go but you re out there in space zipped up in a spacesuit with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around what do you do?

In this file photo, spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts attach power and data cables to the port and starboard sides of Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 at the International Space Station (ISS), February 21, 2015. Credit: NASA TV

Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi awarded 2016 Nobel medicine prize

Oct 03, 2016 - 5:22 PM

UPDATED Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi is awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on autophagy or the process of cells recycling its own content

NOBEL WINNER. Yoshinori Ohsumi. Image courtesy Tokyo Institute of Technology

Rappler Talk: Alexandra Cousteau's stories on deep sea exploration and marine life

Sep 01, 2016 - 9:51 AM

Alexandra Cousteau granddaughter of renowned deep sea explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau shares stories from under the sea

The SC's Bt talong decision: Error in precaution?

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:42 PM

The Supreme Court s judgment of the relative safety of Bt talong can be challenged for lack of rigor leading to injustice or worse willfully exposing farmers and consumers to greater risks

A Filipino Greenpeace activist wearing an eggplant costume and fellow protesters hold up signs against GMOs, during a demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City, June 5, 2012. Rolex dela Peña/EPA

Space bloom: Astronauts grow flower at space station

Jan 19, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets: Yes there are other life forms in space

OUT OF THIS WORLD. The first-ever flower to bloom in space, a zinnia, pictured here by astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station (ISS), January 18, 2017. Photo courtesy NASA/Scott Kelly

Japanese scientist stripped of doctorate over stem cell scandal

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Haruko Obokata 32 drew intense media scrutiny after failing to reproduce the results of what was once billed as a ground breaking study on stem cells

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

All-female Russian crew starts Moon mission test

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:15 PM

The test period simulates a flight to the Moon and back with the women carrying out 10 experiments covering psychology and human biology

The teenage clock

Oct 02, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Despite the seemingly adult ish appearance behind the teenage skull is another story

Scientists create human sperm in lab, but does it work?

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:42 PM

Nathalie Rives an infertility expert from Rouen in northern France cautioned: We are not there yet

Plant from 130 million years ago is among 'first flowers' – study

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:09 AM

An ancient plant that grew underwater in what is modern day Europe had no petals and bore one single seed may have been the world s first known flowering plant

ANCIENT FLOWER. A large intact specimen of the fossil, Montsechia. Usually only small fragmentary pieces of the fossil are found. Photo by David Dilcher/IU Bloomington

Behind the scenes of your perfect day

Aug 12, 2015 - 5:00 PM

A peek at the chemicals in your body throughout the day

First active Philippine eagle nest in Luzon found in Apayao

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:46 PM

The discovery gives conservationists hope that the population of the majestic Philippine national bird may be increasing

Pink octopus so cute it may be named 'adorabilis'

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:25 AM

Researchers in California are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for the mysterious cephalopod and while little is yet known about it few would deny that the specimens found so far are adorable

ADORABLE CREATURE. This 2013 handout photo received June 17, 2015 courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) shows the flapjack octopus (in the genus Opisthoteuthis), photographed 330 meters (about 1,080 feet) below the surface in Monterey Bay, California. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute/Handout/AFP

PH is marine hotspot: Verde Island Passage yields 100 new species

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Waters near party hotspot Puerto Galera reveal more than 100 new species of marine organisms the California Academy of Sciences says

LIFE UNDERWATER. A vibrant view of the Verde Island Passage from Academy scientific divers. Image courtesy Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

DENR appeals case vs researchers who killed Cebu rare birds

Mar 04, 2015 - 1:26 AM

The researchers thesis Gut content composition of Cebu Black Shama is submitted as requirement for their graduation at Cebu Normal University

Strongest known natural material - spider silk or limpet teeth?

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:53 AM

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth have more mettle

STRONGER THAN SPIDER SILK? A scanning electron microscope image of limpet teeth. Image courtesy University of Portsmouth.

Top PH biologist: Tech, data help us understand species better

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:55 AM

New York University dean for science Michael Purugganan talks about mapping genes and genomes and shares insights about evolution and how it helps us understand the world

New York University (NYU) dean for science Michael Purugganan. File photo by Shaira Panela

Ebola could end in Liberia by June – study

Jan 14, 2015 - 7:57 AM

If the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues in Liberia researchers at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University say the end of the deadly ordeal may be in sight

Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial for victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Top Japan lab dismisses controversial stem cell study

Dec 26, 2014 - 2:12 PM

The revelations come a week after a young researcher at the center of the scandal which has rocked the country s scientific establishment said she will resign after failing to reproduce the study s results

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Band-Aids, XNAs, a comet landing: 2014's top science stories

Dec 21, 2014 - 11:55 AM

What are the most interesting and groundbreaking discoveries and stories in science from the past year? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

Mind Movers Top Ten Science Stories of 2014

Japan lab cannot repeat ground-breaking cell finding – reports

Dec 18, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The government backed Riken Institute will announce that so called STAP cells cannot be reproduced writing the embarrassing final chapter of a study published in the journal Nature but later withdrawn

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Scientists build 'mini-stomachs' in lab

Oct 30, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Called gastric organoids the lab dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are a miniature version of the stomach the researchers say

Frame grab from video courtesy Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Sex? It all started 385 million years ago

Oct 20, 2014 - 1:54 AM

Until now it was thought internal fertilization occurred much later in the evolutionary tale of vertebrates

DISCOVERY. Dr John Long inspects a model of a placoderm fish as the Museum Victoria unveils the fossilized remains of the oldest mother ever discovered – one of the biggest breakthroughs in palaeontology ever made. Photo by AFP/William West

Ig Nobels 2014: Aha-ha-ha-ha moments

Sep 26, 2014 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] If you thought science was just all about Aha moments then you only have to be reminded that there is such a thing as the Ig Nobel Prizes

Japan lab unable to replicate 'stem cell' findings

Aug 27, 2014 - 1:07 PM

UPDATED The struggle to replicate the experiment casts further doubt on the existence of stem cell like cells what the researchers called Stimulus Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency STAP cells

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:21 AM

Brazil would be the first country to use genetically modified mosquitoes large scale or to allow commercial sales in the fight against dengue

PROMISE VS DENGUE. A researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Disgraced Japan stem cell scientist commits suicide

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Sasai is the mentor of the 30 year old Haruko Obokata whose research reportedly used fabricated data

SASAI. Yoshiki Sasai, deputy director of CDB (Riken Institute's Center for Developmental Biology) and one of the authors of the two nature STAP cell papers, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 16 April 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Earth's 6th mass extinction imminent – report

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Human activity is to blame based on a review by an international team of scientists

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Lowly microbes, high-tech research

Jul 20, 2014 - 10:29 AM

A Singapore based research institution is studying how the lowly biofilm can make an impact on environmental and public health issues

A SCELSE researcher works on biofilms in used water treatment in a laboratory scale bioreactor. The bioreactor replicates the conditions of a full scale plant, but allows for manipulation of operational parameters for experimental testing. Image courtesy SCELSE

Taking inspiration from the sea

Jul 17, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Get to know Dr Angel Alcala one of the country s newest National Scientists

Dr Angel Alcala. Image courtesy Silliman University

UP offers rare course with world renowned conservation biologist

Apr 30, 2014 - 6:21 PM

Prof Curio will teach Envsci297 Special Topics with Module A focusing on behavioural ecology from 12 to 23 May 2014

Bloody souvenir not from decapitated French king – DNA

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:34 PM

The DNA in the calabash belonged to a single person whose genetic signature from northern Italy was not compatible with King Louis XVI s known more central European ancestry

How the zebra earned its stripes

Apr 02, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Zebras have stripes to deter the tsetse and other blood sucking flies

STRIPES EARNED. Zebras in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania, 18 July 2012. Sajjad Fazel/Wikimedia Commons

Scientists create 'designer' chromosome

Mar 28, 2014 - 10:55 PM

It is a big step towards acquiring the controversial ability to redesign plants or animals

Giant, 30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn

Mar 04, 2014 - 7:46 AM

Wakening the long dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming

REVIVED FROM ICE. An ultrathin section of a Pithovirus particle in an infected Acanthamoeba castellanii cell observed by transmission electron microscopy. Image enhanced using the "plastic packaging" filter in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Image courtesy Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel/IGS and CNRS-AMU

Pinoy biologists challenge idea of plant life

Mar 03, 2014 - 7:52 AM

Can a plant exist without the genome that allows it to perform the basic function of photosynthesis? A plant that lives in the forests of Luzon apparently can a study shows

Rafflesia arnoldi, a species of Rafflesia. Photo courtesy Raphaelhui/Wikipedia

Bopping to the beat is a rare feat in animals

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:21 AM

Creatures that can truly keep a beat are rare raising intriguing questions about the evolution of the human brain

For sharks, old age may be 70 or more: study

Jan 09, 2014 - 9:31 AM

Great white sharks may live until their 70s more than three times as long as previously thought according to a new analysis

From your cells to Mars: 2013's top science stories

Dec 24, 2013 - 11:45 AM

With countless discoveries and stories what were the most interesting and groundbreaking? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

[Science Solitaire] How to print life

Nov 01, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Will evolution be a relic of the past?

'Lost world' discovered in remote Australia

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:55 AM

A team of scientists discovers the 3 new species as well as a host of other interesting species that may also be new to science

NEW SPECIES. Leaf-tail gecko. Photo by Conrad Hoskin/James Cook  University

Money doesn't grow on trees but gold leaf does – study

Oct 23, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Researchers say the discovery could help prospectors discover new deposits of the precious metal

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. Eucalyptus leaves are pictured on February 7, 2013 in Tanneron, southern France. AFP/Valery Hache

A few tree species dominate Amazon

Oct 19, 2013 - 11:31 AM

Some experts believe these trees are so common because they were actively cultivated by indigenous people in the area for millennia

AMAZON RAINFOREST. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. EPA/Cecilia Puebla