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Stardust 7 billion years old: Scientists say oldest solid material found

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:51 AM

'They're solid samples of stars, real stardust,' scientist Philipp Heck says

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

2019 in Philippine pageants: An end of an era, new beginnings

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

We look back at the ups and downs of the Philippine pageant scene

These will make you hope and (hopefully) act

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Science writer Maria Isabel Garcia shares her 'hope finds' – a list of actions that will hopefully lift up our spirits and move us to act

Photo recap: Miss Earth 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:48 PM

This year's finals was held in the afternoon, timed to catch Manila's sunset

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who is Nellys Pimentel, Miss Earth 2019?

Oct 27, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Learn more about Puerto Rico's first Miss Earth, who trained under the Philippines' Kagandahang Flores

Miss Earth. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Nellys Pimentel's Miss Earth 2019 journey

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Nellys makes history as the first Puerto Rican candidate to win the Miss Earth crown

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Janelle Tee finishes among Top 20 finalists in Miss Earth 2019

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Puerto Rico's Nellys Pimentel is Miss Earth 2019

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Earth 2019 'hashtag,' Q and A rounds

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Whose answer did you like the most?

Puerto Rico's Nellys Pimentel is Miss Earth 2019

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Nellys is crowned the new Miss Earth 2019

NELLYS PIMENTEL. The Puerto Rican beauty queen wins Miss Earth 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Earth 2019 pageant

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who will be the new ambassador for Mother Earth?

Who is Miss Earth Ghana 2019 Evelyn Abena Appiah?

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

She just... gets us, you know?

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth 2019 candidates in national costume

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Which of the costumes stood out?

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LOOK: Janelle Tee's Ati-Atihan-inspired national costume for Miss Earth 2019

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Janelle's national costume is made by Patrick Isorena

IN PHOTOS: Meet the candidates of Miss Earth 2019

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:32 AM

More than 80 ladies from around the world are in the Philippines for the pageant on October 26

Moon rocks can help reveal how life evolved on Earth – and may enable us to resurrect extinct species

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Moon craters can hold the key to explaining how complex, multi-cellular organisms evolved on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago, affording unimaginable insights into our planet’s biological past

Mr Earth Philippines 2019 supports petition to stop Kaliwa Dam project

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Remember it is not only their fight but it is also ours, for we live in one country and what affects them will eventually affect us too,' Robin Canuzo says as he asks Filipinos to sign the petition

How expensive organic food led this couple to pursue sustainable farming

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:06 AM

They grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs without synthetic fertilizers, and raise their animals without antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones

Earth's 2019 resources 'budget' spent by July 29 – report

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:02 PM

'The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident in the form of deforestation, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, or the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere'

'Sesame Street,' Earth, Wind & Fire among Kennedy Center honorees

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

This year, the Kennedy Center Honors, one of America's most prestigious arts awards, recognizes the impact of 'Sesame Street' and the famous R&B group

Photo recap: Miss Philippines Earth 2019 coronation night

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Pasig City's Janelle Tee leads this year's Philippine Earth ambassadors

Awards Miss Philippines Earth 2019. Photo Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who is Janelle Tee, Miss Philippines Earth 2019?

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The TV host from Pasig wins the title on her second try

Miss PH Earth July 10. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Philippines Earth Q and A segment

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Check out the answers of the Top 5 finalists of Miss Philippines Earth 2019 here!

Janelle Lazo Tee of Pasig is Miss Philippines Earth 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Janelle beats 39 candidates to represent the country in the Miss Earth pageant

NEW QUEENS. Miss Philippines Earth crowns a new batch of queens. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Miss Philippines Earth 2019

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Who will be this year's Philippine Earth ambassadors?

[OPINION] Can you make every day Earth Day?

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When I decided to be a lawyer, I wanted to uphold truth and justice at all costs, working hard to fight not only for my countrymen and the motherland, but for Mother Nature as well.

IN PHOTOS: Meet the 40 candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Coronation night is on July 10

Miss Philippines Earth press presentation June 24. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Species conservation: Some success, many failures

May 02, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Ahead of the release of a landmark UN report on the state of Earth's biodiversity, here are some successes and failures in conservation efforts

7,000 religious sector, youth members form 'human chain' for coal-free Negros

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 AM

San Carlos Diocese pastoral director Fr. Edwin Laude says the protest against the building of a coal-fired power plant was the 'cause of everybody'

NO TO COAL. Members of the religious sector and the youth form a "human chain" in front of the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Monday, April 22, to oppose the entry of coal-fired power plant in the province. Photo by Marchel Espina

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Philippines observes Earth Hour 2019

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:22 AM

Households, business establishments, and public places switch off their lights for an hour to participate in the global event

BOY SCOUTS. Members of Boy Scouts of the Philippines join Earth Hour 2019 at Circuit Makati in Makati City on March 30, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'We hear you': Venice Grand Canal scraps 'floating lanterns' gimmick

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Venice Grand Canal mall will no longer sell floating lanterns for its Earth Hour event, after drawing criticism

FALSE: Littering runners in photo are 'university students'

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:56 PM

This is an old photo of runners, called Eco Warriors, participating in the National Geographic Earth Day Run 2012

No, this is an old photo of runners, called Eco Warriors, participating in the National Geographic Earth Day Run 2012

Feng shui masters say Trump secrets could be exposed in Year of the Pig

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A Taiwanese fortune-teller says that the pig can be a particularly bad year for those born in the year of the dog – which includes US president Donald Trump

This picture taken on January 19, 2019 shows feng shui master Alion Yeo holding a luopan, or Chinese compass, in his office in Hong Kong ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Pig. As the Chinese zodiac turns into the Year of the Pig next week, feng shui masters are predicting turbulence and division for world leaders at home -- not least President Donald Trump, who risks having past secrets revealed. Feng shui -- literally meaning "wind-water" -- is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives and carefully position items such as a cup of water or pieces of crystal in offices and homes to maximise their luck and wealth. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

PH tourism breaks record, hits 7.1 million | Midday wRap

Jan 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

2018 was fourth hottest year on record – researchers

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:50 AM

'Global mean temperature in 2018 was colder than 2015, 2016, and 2017, but warmer than every previously observed year prior to 2015,' the report from research group Berkeley Earth says

PNA to enter into 'news exchange' deal with Russia's Sputnik | Evening wRap

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Hontiveros seeks Senate probe into Miss Earth sexual harassment issue

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'Sexual harassment has no place anywhere, especially in a pageant that claims to uphold the value and power of women,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

NO TO DROP BOXES. Senator Risa Hontiveros threatens to dissolve the budget allotted for the DILG's community-based thrust against crime and drugs: Masa Masid. File photo from Hontiveros' Facebook page

Sexual harassment? 'Amado Cruz too old, weak,' says staff

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The longtime Miss Earth pageant sponsor earlier denied allegations of sexual harassment

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Miss Earth 2018 candidates accuse sponsor of sexual harassment | Evening wRap

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

LOOK BACK: The Miss Earth controversies

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The pageant has made headlines through the years, some of them for the wrong reasons

Miss Earth 2018 candidates accuse sponsor of sexual harassment

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:15 PM

On Instagram, Canada’s Jaime VandenBerg, England’s Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, and Guam's Emma Mae Sheedy claim that a sponsor repeatedly asked them for sexual favors

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth 2018 highlights

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Check out the evening's best moments!

IN PHOTOS: Phuong Khanh Nguyen's Miss Earth 2018 journey

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Here's a look back at the journey of Vietnam's first Miss Earth titleholder

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Earth 2018 'hashtag,' Q and A segments

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:05 PM

Candidates shared their thoughts on pressing issues of today

PH bet Celeste Cortesi finishes in Miss Earth 2018 Top 8

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Vietnam's Phuong Khanh Nguyen is crowned Miss Earth 2018

Who is Vietnam's Phuong Khanh Nguyen, Miss Earth 2018?

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The 23-year-old has dreamed of representing her home country in Miss Earth since she was only 15

VIETNAM'S PRIDE. Phuong Khanh Nguyen is crowned Miss Earth 2018. Photo from the Miss Earth website

Phuong Khanh Nguyen wins first Miss Earth title for Vietnam

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The 23-year-old is crowned Miss Earth 2018

FULL LIST: Winners, Miss Earth 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco from the Philippines will be passing on her crown

MISS EARTH 2018. Candidates to the Miss Earth beauty pageant pose for photos by the poolside during a press presentation in Manila on October 11, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/ AFP

LOOK: Miss Earth candidates plant mangroves in Legazpi City

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The 30 ladies, including Miss Philippines Celeste Cortesi, lead the mangrove planting at Barangay Puro

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler