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Rats trained to drive tiny cars find it relaxing, says scientists report

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:00 PM

US scientists report successfully training a group of the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and find that learning the task lowered their stress levels

RATCAR. This image courtesy of the University of Richmond shows a lab rat driving the "RatCar" on October 1, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. Handout/University of Richmond/AFP

MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito resigns in the wake of Epstein coverup

Sep 08, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The university is set to hire a prominent law firm to conduct an 'immediate, thorough, and independent investigation' on the allegations against MIT Media Lab

RESIGNED. Joi Ito resigns from the MIT Media Lab on September 7, 2019. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Malware found in popular CamScanner app

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Kaspersky Lab researchers Igor Golovin and Anton Kivva look into CamScanner following recent negative reviews of the app on the Google Play Store

Facebook-backed research sees progress linking minds, machines

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:41 PM

The project involves brain implants, but could be a step toward accomplishing the goal with a non-invasive method such as augmented reality glasses with sensors

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

Another exec out amid sex harassment tension at Google

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Rich DeVaul, a director at X lab devoted to 'moonshots' such as internet service from balloons, departs

GOOGLE. People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Malware found in Telegram 'alternative' – cybersecurity firm

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Once installed, the Octopus malware allows attackers to have remote access to a victim's device

This touchscreen tablet rolls up like an ancient scroll

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The 7.5-inch flexible screen can be popped up to expand display real estate when needed

FLEXIBLE SCREEN. The prototype from Australia's Human Media Labs is inspired by ancient scrolls, rolling up into a canister-like holder for storage. Photo from Human Media Labs/Queens University

LOOK: Disney's humanoid acrobat in action

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The autonomous robot can correct itself in air to land tricks flawlessly. It is being designed for use in Disney theme parks, and potentially, Disney movies in the future

FLYBOT. Disney's humanoid acrobat from their Stuntworks project flies through the air, catapulted by a big swing. Screenshot from Disney

Kaspersky moves core processes from Russia to Switzerland to regain trust

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The company is working toward regaining trust on the global stage after the US government banned the purchase of Kaspersky software due to reported ties with Russian intelligence firms

ANTON SHINGAREV. Anton Shingarev, Vice President for Public Affairs and Head of the CEO Office at Kaspersky Lab, speaks at an event in Manila. Photo from press release.

Microsoft buys 4 indie studios, forms a fifth studio too

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:02 AM

Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory will be joining Microsoft's roster of first-party studios

NEW FIRST-PARTY STUDIOS. Microsoft announces Ninja Theory as a new first-party studio for the company. Screenshot from livestream

PDEA shuts down ecstasy lab in Malabon

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'This is the first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

FIRST FEAT. An ecstasy laboratory is raided and shut down by PDEA, which says it is a first in law enforcement history. PDEA photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 2, 2018

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Cybercriminals pivot to cryptomining, fileless malware – McAfee

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Increasing cybersecurity threats linked to cybercriminals' ability to use open-source tools and shared, accumulated information within their community

Porn as bait: Over 1.2 million people hit by malware, lured by adult content

Feb 05, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Kaspersky Lab explains 'adult content serves as a tool for cybercriminals to lure victims into fraudulent schemes involving phishing, PC and Android malware'

Exercise tracking map highlights locations of deployed troops

Jan 29, 2018 - 8:58 AM

While some US bases are well known to groups that want to attack them, the map also shows what appear to be routes taken by forces moving outside of bases – information that could be used in planning bombings or ambushes

BASE ACTIVITY. A US soldier walks past a A-10 Thunderbolt II at Kandahar Air base in Afghanistan on January 23, 2018. Shah Marai/AFP

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

Latest Alphabet 'moonshot' aims to thwart cyber attacks

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Google parent company Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a new unit dedicated to 'helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm'

Reach Labs launches Silicon Valley Scholarship for Filipino students

Dec 30, 2017 - 9:31 PM

A deserving Filipino student will be chosen to attend free of charge Reach Labs' 2-month entrepreneurship program, which includes a trip to Silicon Valley

Photo from Reach Labs Facebook page

Russian cyberfirm Kaspersky appeals ban in US court

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:17 AM

Kaspersky is appealing to a US federal court on the grounds the ban it was hit with is unconstitutional because it denied the company a right to due process regarding the validity of the accusation

Gene editing advance reverses disease in mice

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:40 AM

A gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 can be harnessed to simply change how genes are expressed, and jumpstart the healing process in certain diseases, says a report in the journal Cell

ALTERED. Scientists in the US say a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 suggests some diseases were reversed in lab mice. AFP photo

Aquino on war on drugs, Tropical Depression Salome, Angkas shutdown | Evening wRap

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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You get what you pay for: Daniel Hellmann’s ‘Full Service’

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:56 PM

In a performance project, the Swiss artist submits himself to the desires of strangers

FULL SERVICE. Daniel Hellmann will do whatever you want – for the right price. Photo by Michela di Savino/courtesy of Daniel Hellmann

After Pokemon Go, Niantic announces Harry Potter AR game

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Players will get to experience JK Rowling’s Wizarding World: learn spells, fight legendary beasts, and team up with other players

WIZARDS UNITE! Niantic Labs is bringing the wizarding world of Harry Potter to your mobile phones! Photo from Niantic Labs

Russians used Kaspersky program to hack US intel contractor's computer – report

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the 2015 hack led to the Russians obtaining information on how the NSA itself penetrates foreign computer networks and protects itself from cyberattacks

This Harry Potter feast will take you straight to Hogwarts

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

No need to board the Hogwarts Express

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP autopsy shows Carl Arnaiz had 'difficulty' fighting back

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Five gunshot wounds – 4 in the chest area – were found on the body of slain 19 year old Carl Arnaiz according to police

TOP COP. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa and other police officers attend the Senate hearing on the death of Kian delos Santos on September 5, 2017. Photo from the Twitter page of Senator Bam Aquino

1 in 4 drug users in PH unemployed – NAPC study

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:04 PM

A study by the National Anti Poverty Commission based on statistics provided by the Dangerous Drug Board also shows majority of those using illegal drugs belong to the poor sector

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.S. bans Kaspersky software amid concerns over Russia ties

Jul 12, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The General Services Administration which handles US federal government purchasing contracts removes Kaspersky Labs from its list of approved vendors making it more difficult to obtain Kaspersky products

#FridayFeels: July na!

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Celebrate this month like only the 90s Teen Queen can

It's all about pride this June at Pineapple Lab

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Arts hub Pineapple Lab s schedule of activities this month highlights pride – both for the nation and one s identity

Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race

May 25, 2017 - 6:31 PM

Made it to space Team delighted More to follow aerospace company Rocket Lab tweets as New Zealand becomes the 11th country to launch into space

ELECTRON ROCKET. Rocket Lab's Electron rocket lifts off from its launch site in Mahia, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island on May 25, 2017. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Shabu lab found in Chinese-owned mining site in Cagayan

May 19, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says chemicals and equipment used in manufacturing shabu were found in the Aparri mining site of Huaxia Mining and Trading Corporation

SHABU LAB. Authorities discover a shabu lab in a mining site in Aparri town, Cagayan, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of PDEA

Manila on foot: A 1-day itinerary

Mar 31, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Here s an alternative culture filled weekend guide

BEKRAF umumkan kerja sama ICINC dengan Torino Film Lab

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Tujuan utamanya adalah untuk membawa film Indonesia masuk ke ekosistem film global

Kepala Bekraf, triawan Munaf (dua dari kanan) saat bicara tentang kerja sama ICINC dan Torino Film Lab di Gedung Kementerian BUMN, Rabu, 8 Februari. Foto oleh Yetta Tondang/Rappler.

Climate advocates call for innovative ideas to reduce oil dependence

Jan 10, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Do you think a world less dependent on oil is possible? This year’s Oil Breakthrough Lab can give you the chance to prove it

Satellite images appear to show Vietnam dredging on disputed reef

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED An image of the small Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands where Vietnam has a lighthouse shows several vessels in a carved out embankment on the reef s edge

DREDGING WORK. This satellite image taken on November 30, 2016 and released on December 9, 2016 by US-based Planet Labs shows dredging work (C below) on a small reef under Vietnamese control in the South China Sea. Image by Planet Labs/AFP

Facebook-hosted hackathon seeks ideas for better online behavior

Nov 25, 2016 - 6:36 PM

One team with the golden idea – the winning pitch at the Digital Halo Halo Hackathon – will receive mentorship and 5 000 to help its members execute their ideas

HACKATHON. The event challenges to find creative solutions to pressing societal issues. Photos from Digital Halo-Halo Hackathon/Facebook

4 creative, inspiring workspaces by millennials

Oct 15, 2016 - 9:40 AM

These dynamic offices are built for collaboration flexibility and fun

Tesla fixes security in Model S after Chinese hack

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:33 PM

Keen Security Lab a unit of Tencent announces it had discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in the car and had been able to remotely control a car in both parking and driving mode Tesla now has an update to address the issues

This file photo taken on August 10, 2016 shows a Tesla Model S inside of the new Tesla flagship facility in San Francisco, California. File Photo by Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA /AFP

Meet the woman paving the way for gender-specific medical treatments

Sep 01, 2016 - 6:40 PM

31 year old Heather Bowerman heads Dot Labs a US based startup that believes hormonal differences between men and women merit drugs tailor made for each gender

INSTANT DATA. Heather Bowerman is speeding up hormonal analysis through her startup Dot Labs. Image from Heather Bowerman's Facebook page

Mandaue City warns Pokémon Go players: Don't play and drive

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The resolution also warns pedestrians to be safe while walking and playing the popular augmented reality game

Police, cyber firms tackle 'ransomware' hacking threat

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:21 PM

Hackers are stepping up efforts to turn their exploits into hard cash in recent years by locking unsuspecting computer users data after infecting their computers with malicious software

PH wins vs China, RCBC, Taylor Swift | 6PM wRap

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:37 PM

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‘Floating shabu lab’ seized in Subic Bay, 4 Chinese nationals nabbed

Jul 12, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Police say the Chinese crew manufactured shabu at sea then dumped drug parcels in pick up points for contacts in Cagayan Pangasinan and Zambales

FLOATING SHABU LAB. Philippine authorities seize a fishing vessel suspected of being a shabu laboratory operated by Chinese nationals on July 11, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

D5 Studio to represent PH in Editors Lab Final in Vienna

Jul 12, 2016 - 10:46 AM

The winning team s project is a training simulation website that focuses on preparing journalists for disaster reporting

WINNING TEAM. Candice Montenegro, journalist (leftmost), RJ Si, developer (middle) and Red Redrico, graphic designer (rightmost) from D5 Studio present their training simulation website to a jury of media and disaster experts during the Editors Lab Conference. Photo by

WATCH: Editors Lab Conference 2016

Jul 08, 2016 - 4:03 PM

On the second day of the Philippines Editors Lab participants will present their projects to a jury of media and disaster experts

Filipino ‘trainers’ set out on Pokemon Go journey but...

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Reports of inaccessible servers or non functional gameplay mechanics put a damper on the monster catching dreams of many

WATCH: Rappler, GEN host hackathon for leading media orgs in PH

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Leading media networks in the country will gather for a two day hackathon to create news app prototypes that can be used during disasters

Pokemon Go launches in select regions

Jul 06, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Pokemon fans rejoice The Pokemon Go augmented reality game is rolling out in select countries

POKEMON GO. The game has launched in select territories. Screen shot from YouTube.