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Vinegar made from synthetic acetic acid has no adverse health effects – toxicologist

May 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The Department of Health, however, prohibits the use of synthetic acetic acid in vinegar which it deems 'adulterated'

NOT HARMFUL. As long as the synthetic acetic acid used for making vinegar is food-grade, consumers don't have to worry about contaminants harming their health, PNRI says. Photo from Shutterstock.

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

Cynthia Villar dislodges Grace Poe as Senate race front-runner – Pulse Asia

May 11, 2019 - 9:46 AM

With just days to go before election day, only 3 in 10 registered voters have a complete slate of 12 candidates, according to the final preelection survey of Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated

SENATE RACE FRONT-RUNNER. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar on the campaign trail. Photo from the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

70% of Filipinos will support candidates who push for higher tobacco taxes – Pulse Asia

May 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The Pulse Asia survey also shows 75% of Filipinos believe taxes on cigarettes should be raised

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, a Department of Health employee pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Ateneo students win 2019 CFA Institute Research Challenge Global Finals

May 04, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The Ateneo team beats over 6,000 students from 1,100 universities around the world

GLOBAL CHAMPIONS. The Ateneo de Manila University team. Photo from CFA Institute

A month before polls, 76% of Filipinos 'aware' of party-list system – survey

May 03, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The level of awareness is highest among voters in Metro Manila and lowest in the Visayas, according to a Pulse Asia survey held in from April 10 to 14

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig City during the 2016 elections. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Wiped out opposition? Latest survey fuels fear of return to pre-Martial Law

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

In 1967, Ninoy Aquino was the only opposition to win a seat in the Senate. The latest Pulse Asia survey has only his nephew, Bam Aquino, joining the winning circle.

OPPOSITION. Ninoy Aquino and nephew Bam Aquino find themselves in similar situations as the opposition lags behind administration bets in Philippine senatorial elections. Photo of Bam Aquino by Angie de Silva/Rappler and photo of Ninoy Aquino from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

Villar, Poe share top spot among Senate bets in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The results of the Pulse Asia survey show voters' preference for Senator Cynthia Villar at 51.7%, slightly higher but statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe's 50.5%

This Filipina scientist’s plant growth supplement has wowed the world

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Lucille Abad's invention is one of the 5 finalists for projects in the field of non-energy application of nuclear technologies at the recently held World Atomic Energy Expo Awards 2019 in Sochi, Russia

FILIPINO-MADE. Lucille Abad of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute has long been studying carrageenan, a natural preservative extracted from processed gulamang dagat. Photo courtesy of Shaira Panela

Ateneo team tops Asia Pacific Regionals of 2019 CFA Institute Research Challenge

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Ateneo de Manila University team will compete in the CFA IRC Global Finals in New York City on April 25

WINNING TEAM. The winning team from Ateneo de Manila University. Photo courtesty of the CFA Institute

CERN: Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Why is there more matter than antimatter?

UNDER THE MILKY WAY. The Milky Way as seen from Yellowstone National Park. Neal Herbert/Flickr

British PM battles to bring Brexiteers onside

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister Theresa May to use the EU summit to wring more concessions out of the bloc before risking a third vote

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

North Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Satellite analysis now indicates increased activity at two key sites – the Samundong missile research facility and the Sohae rocket launch center

NORTH KOREA. A general view shows Kim Il-sung square and the Pyongyang city skyline on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Philippines can meet own rice demand, says crop expert

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:40 PM

If farmers decide to shift to planting high-value rice at the right time and place, Teodoro Mendoza says the country can achieve full rice self-sufficiency

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in Bulacan on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in preparation for planting rice. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the rice tariffication bill on February 15, 2019. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Patient at RITM tests negative for MERS

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the patient is still under observation to determine the cause of pneumonia

Bong Go breaks into May 2019 winning circle – Pulse Asia

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The rise of Duterte’s right-hand man came after the deluge of advertisements showing presidential endorsement – 4 months before the May 2019 elections

CAMPAIGN. The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May elections in San Fernado, Pampanga on February 12. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos' – study

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:16 PM

One likely result of weakened current in the Atlantic will be warmer air temperatures in the high Arctic, eastern Canada and central America, and cooler temperatures over northwestern Europe

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world's two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

Emerging economies catching up in smartphone adoption – survey

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:48 PM

South Korea still leads smartphone adoption at 95% of the population, with India among the lowest at 24% among the countries surveyed


HPV vaccine is safe, says cancer agency, as it slams 'unfounded rumors'

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:14 PM

To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issues a statement in which it 'unequivocally confirms the efficacy and safety of HPV vaccination'

Facebook pays volunteers to install app that collects private data - report

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Apple revokes software certificates letting Facebook take part in its Enterprise Developer Program to work in-house on applications for the Cupertino-based company's devices

EXCLUSIVE: Russian disinformation system influences PH social media

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook takes down pages linked to the disinformation network

World to miss 2020 climate 'turning point' – analysis

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:42 AM

An analysis by the World Resources Institute shows current efforts to limit temperature increases are falling well short

PROTESTING CLIMATE CHANGE. A protester holds a placard during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Russian trolls aimed to deter black U.S. voters – study

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The primary goal of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is to deepen divisions in US society and convince Democrat-favoring liberals – including Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community – not to vote, a report says

What makes societies susceptible to disinformation?

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Disinformation is one of the key trends in media in 2018 – here's what could make a society more vulnerable to it than others

Gov't bias toward China seen in 3rd telco race

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:53 AM

But Fitch Solutions concedes that China Telecom has the technical expertise to compete with Smart and Globe

35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and 6 recipients of the Fields Medal say open European borders have helped the continent make up ground lost to US researchers in the wake of World War II

BREXIT. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Ateneo, MediXserve launch 1st university-based blockchain research center

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The university, led by AMBERLab's efforts, seeks to offer blockchain-related electives by January 2019

AMBERLAB. AMBERLab leaders and partners show symbolic chain at the launch including vice president for Loyola Schools Dr. Maria Vilches (4th from left), AMBERLAB director Dr. Maria Estuar (5th from left), and MediXserve CEO Jojy Azurin (2nd from right)  Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Average time people spend on Facebook declining - study

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The decline in Facebook digital consumption includes Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp

Global leaders, or grassroots campaigners? Nobel Peace Prize 2018 wide open

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

(UPDATED) This year, a total of 331 individuals and organizations are nominated for the prestigious peace award

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. File photo by Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research harnessing evolution

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter win the Nobel Chemistry Prize

NOBEL LAUREATES. Screen displays portraits of Frances H Arnold and George P Smith, both of the US, and Gregory P Winter of Great Britain during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemestry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 3, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo by Jonas Ekstromer/ TT News Agency/AFP

LOOK: U.P. opens cutting-edge genome research center

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:51 PM

The Philippine Genome Center in Diliman promises to conduct molecular-level research in the fields of health and medicine, agriculture, forensics and ethnicity, industry, and the environment

GENETIC RESEARCH. The UP-PGC Genome Center in Diliman, Quezon City on September 11, 2018. aPhoto by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Most Americans get news from social media, despite doubts – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Even though they are skeptical, two-thirds of American adults still get some of their news from social media

SOCIAL NEWS. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


After scandals, many Americans step away from Facebook – survey

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Pew Research Center report finds 42% of US Facebook users said they had 'taken a break' from the platform in the past 12 months, and 26% said they had deleted the Facebook app from their phone

Vo Thi Hoang Yen: Opening doors for Vietnam's PWDs

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen, a survivor of childhood polio, wants employers to see what persons with disabilities can do if given the opportunity

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Call for papers: 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines is on November 26 to 27 at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia

1 in 3 Filipinos open to authoritarianism before Duterte – surveys

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Surveys conducted from 2002 to 2014 show some Filipinos agree with scrapping elections in favor of a strong leader and letting the military take over government

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


Russia raids space research center in 'treason probe' – reports

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'This morning, the FSB raided offices of staff at the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building,' which is a subsidiary of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, Kommersant reports, citing sources in law enforcement agencies.

Call for proposals: DOT tourism research grant

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for applications is on July 31, Tuesday

Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Chinese research vessel docks in Davao

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Yuan Wang 3, which arrived in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown on July 16, is used for tracking and support of satellite and intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to tracking web sites

'ROUTINE.' The Chinese research vessel 'Yuan Wang 3' docks at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City July 16-19, 2018 – an activity that the Philippine Navy says is routine, but which alarms Duterte administration critics. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

iPhone ownership top indicator of wealth in U.S. in 2016 – researchers

Jul 09, 2018 - 3:24 PM

'Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone in 2016,' says researchers from the US National Bureau of Economic Research

IPHONE X. The iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones today, with a $999 launch price. Screenshot from Apple website


Holocaust center slams Poland, Israel over controversial law

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:03 AM

'A thorough review by Yad Vashem historians shows that the historical assertions, presented as unchallenged facts, in the joint statement contain grave errors and deceptions,' the statement from the research center says

AUSCHWITZ. In this file photo taken on April 12, 2018 participants are wrapped into an Israeli flag as they arrive to the memorial site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim to attend the annual "March of the Living." File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Science hope for threatened koalas

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:33 PM

'The genome has allowed us to understand the koala immune genes in detail for the first time,' says a co-author of the study

HOPE. In this photo taken on April 28, 2016, a koala feeds at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

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

TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Philippine peso to hit P54 to $1 – BMI Research

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:00 PM

BMI Research says 'the Philippine peso continues to be the worst performing currency in the region, having weakened by more than 7% against the US dollar year-to-date'

Facebook sinking fast among U.S. teens – survey

May 31, 2018 - 11:06 PM

According to the Pew Research Center survey, 51 percent of US teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook, compared with 85 percent for YouTube, 72 percent for Instagram and 69 percent who are on Snapchat

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin – study

May 28, 2018 - 6:16 PM

'Combining exercise and gum chewing may be an effective way to manage weight,' says a study by Japanese researchers published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science

Malay gov't considers wastewater treatment by German partners in Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Local officials are considering partnering with a German group to implement a low-cost, community-based approach to wastewater treatment in the island

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Russian Facebook 'ads' show strong effort to divide US society

May 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The ads and postings show a pattern of stirring up anger among different groups, encouraging support for then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and discouraging support for his rival Hillary Clinton

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

‘Sizeable majority’ oppose federalism? Pulse Asia survey premature – DILG

May 04, 2018 - 6:01 PM

'There is no concrete proposal yet on the table.... This is premature because there is nothing really to debate about yet,' says DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya

'PREMATURE'. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says the Pulse Asia survey on charter change was conducted even before a solid proposal was passed. Rappler Screengrab