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73% of Filipinos think 'homosexuality should be accepted by society' – report

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Philippines' acceptance of homosexuality did not change between 2013 and 2019, according to a Pew Research survey

LOOK: PRIDE PARADE – Hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (LGBTQ+) cordilleras were joinef by their colleagues from Manila, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan supporters parade from the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) campus down to Session road for the 13th Pride march on November 23, 2019. Their message: love has no gender, let love be. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

UP experts flag gaps in DOH coronavirus data

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

If left unresolved, the lack of accurate and accessible data can undermine efforts to contain the spread of the virus, say the experts, who now work closely with the health department

QUARANTINE MEASURES. Workers sanitize and disinfect seats and handrails before letting commuters in the coaches at the MRT3 Taft Station in Pasay City on June 1, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Cause for concern’: Experts project 11,000 coronavirus cases in Cebu by June 30

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) University of the Philippines experts say Cebu province is the 'second major battleground' in the country’s fight against COVID-19

HIGH RISK. Mall goers follow social distancing as they enter a mall in Cebu City after the province is placed under general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Despite GCQ, Metro Manila still far from winning COVID-19 battle

May 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Metro Manila cities differ in how they are faring against the virus, leading a U.P. expert to call for continued caution amid the easing of quarantine measures

People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

South African AIDS researcher wins 500,000-euro French prize

May 27, 2020 - 10:13 PM

Quarraisha Abdool Karim is best known for a study that found that a gel of the anti-retroviral drug tenofovir is effective in reducing the risk of women catching HIV and genital herpes during sex

TOP PRIZE. Quarraisha Abdool Karim wins the half a million-euro Christophe Merieux Prize for her work for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. File photo from Wikipedia

Experts urge Duterte gov't: Tap 'science spokesperson' for pandemic response

May 27, 2020 - 2:13 PM

Should the Philippines have an Anthony Fauci-like figure explaining the science behind the government's COVID-19 policies?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 19, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

‘Premature’ to ease modified ECQ in Metro Manila – U.P. experts

May 27, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Is it safe to ease the modified community quarantine in Metro Manila?

Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PH reports significant improvement in air quality

May 15, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'The improvements in air quality at this time confirm that it is possible to reduce air pollution if efforts are targeted towards the main sources of the problem,' the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air says in a recent report

[OPINION] Are we going to prioritize research and development after this?

May 06, 2020 - 1:31 PM

'Wouldn't it be beneficial to future generations if we start noticing and trusting the talents of our own people instead of doubting their capabilities?'

We found and tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus

May 02, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Results show promising leads and a whole new way to fight COVID-19

RESEARCH. A team of medical research scientists. Photo from Shutterstock.com

RITM among beneficiaries of €2-million grant from France to fight coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The grant will support the COVID-19 response of 7 frontline laboratories in the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam

Photo from RITM

RITM: 38 personnel fully recover from coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine says 7 other staff members who are still recovering from COVID-19 are in stable condition

CORONAVIRUS TESTS. A hall inside the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine. Photo from RITM

U.S. adverse views against China peak during coronavirus pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The Pew Research Center says 66% of Americans hold 'unfavorable views' of China – the highest negative rating for the Asian country since 2005

NEGATIVE VIEWS. A big majority of Americans say they do not have favorable opinions of China. Photo from Shutterstock

43 RITM staff infected with coronavirus

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Dr Celia Carlos, director of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, says they are scaling down operations after 43 employees tested positive for the virus

Photo from RITM

Coronavirus can go from 1.5M to 15,000 cases with better testing – forecasting tool

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A DOST tool shows that the biggest factor in flattening the coronavirus curve in the Philippines may be the strengthening of the country's testing capabilities, from availability of test kits to availability of health workers, facilities, and devices

FASSSTER. Photo and screenshots from DOST


Big divide in internet use in Philippines by age, education level – report

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:46 PM

A new Pew Research Center survey reveals considerable internet usage gaps among older and younger Filipinos, and those with low and high educational attainment

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DLSU's coronavirus research portal now live

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:16 PM

The portal hopes to gather research and knowledge on the disease all in one place

RESEARCH PORTAL. Image from DLSU website


‘Clerical oversight’: RITM says congressman Yap ‘remains negative’ for COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The fact remains, however, that Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist, while a person under investigation, broke quarantine protocols and exposed several high-level government officials in the process

RITM urges 'utmost diligence' in setting up coronavirus testing centers

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:57 PM

'Not all laboratories can be COVID-19 testing centers,' says RITM Director Celia Carlos amid offers from local governments and private laboratories to set up their own testing centers

Photo from RITM

Gov't, businesses told: Set aside growth targets, focus on public health

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Economists from the Ateneo de Manila University urge the Philippines' top 30 companies to donate at least P1 billion each to combat the coronavirus

RITM chief stays, but senior DOH official coming in to ‘assist’ testing gridlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:46 AM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III still vouches for the technical expertise of RITM director Celia Carlos, but says she needs help in expanding the country's COVID-19 testing capacity

MORE TEST KITS NEEDED. Boxes of novel coronavirus test kits are donated by the Office of the Vice President to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on March 19, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo's office donates extraction kits worth P5.3M for coronavirus tests

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The office of Vice President Leni Robredo says an extraction kit is an essential part of the full coronavirus test kit. Its procurement from a local supplier was requested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s primary testing center.

ASSISTANCE FROM ROBREDO. Staff from the Office of the Vice President deliver coronavirus extraction kits to the RITM on March 20, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

4 more PH laboratories to start coronavirus testing on March 19 – WHO

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization also gives additional test kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, increasing the laboratory's daily testing capacity from 300 to 450 tests

COVID-19 TEST KIT. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit as presented to media during a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where are testing centers for coronavirus in PH?

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:57 PM

(23rd UPDATE) As of June 21, tests are conducted at full scale in 46 laboratories nationwide and in 17 labs using Gene Xpert. At least 100 other laboratories are being prepared to handle tests.

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SM Group donates P100M worth of medical supplies to RITM, PGH

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:01 PM

The group is also helping to improve the availability of coronavirus testing kits

U.S. drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The case is against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Arms sales worldwide up nearly 5%, says new report

Dec 09, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers comes to $420 billion, thanks in large part to the US market, says the report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Neighbors worried about China's military, economic might – poll

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A survey by Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 79% of people across the Asia-Pacific region say they are alarmed by China's growing military strength

Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

Indian warship drives away intruding Chinese vessel

Dec 04, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Our stand is that if you have to do anything in our EEZ (exclusive economic zone), you have to notify us and take permission,' an Indian admiral tells reporters when asked about the intrusion

Indian Navy sailors unfurl the ensign after the destroyer INS Chennai was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on November 21, 2016. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has commissioned the ship 'Chennai' into the Indian Navy, the third ship of the indigenously designed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers built by Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

Huawei to shift research from hostile U.S. to Canada – founder

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The company is also planning to manufacture 5G equipment outside China and build factories in Europe 'to win more trust,' says Ren Zhengfei

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP


PH chemists invent abaca-based fabric to filter toxic pollutants

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:40 AM

The invention was declared as the regional winner for the Outstanding Utility Model Award at the 2019 DOST Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits

DEMO. During a training course hosted by the Philippines under the International Atomic Energy Agency, representatives from the Asia-Pacific observe as a researcher demonstrates radiation grafting procedures at the PNRI Chemistry Research Section. Photo from DOST

PH, China eye marine research, protection in South China Sea

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives

Roaming Russian eagles leave scientists broke

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Scientists launch a campaign called 'Top up the eagle's mobile' to keep the research going with the public's help

Esperon: Gov't set to lift moratorium on scientific research in PH waters

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says this is in line with the government's goal to sustainably develop and protect the country's marine resources

PHILIPPINE WATERS. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says the Philippines will start processing applications for marine scientific research again. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, elected as top House leader in July, gets better approval and trust ratings than the Vice President in September

TRUSTED. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the House session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PhilRice says Facebook page hacked

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Viral videos unrelated to the Philippine Rice Research Institute's mandate are being posted on the hacked Facebook page

HACKED. The Philippine Rice Research Institute says its Facebook page has been hacked. Screenshot of Facebook page as of Sunday afternoon, October 6

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

Synergy’s “The Next Frontier”: Getting ahead in the expectation economy

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Consumer Insighting and Storytelling Conference covered approaches from various disciplines that use consumer insighting to address the evolving needs and wants of consumers

Skin-crawling discovery: 'body farm' scientists find corpses move

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

After studying and photographing the movements of a corpse over 17 months, Alyson Wilson says she found humans don't exactly rest in peace

This undated handout picture taken in 2019 and received on September 13, 2019 by the CQ University Australia shows researcher Alyson Wilson working on ancient Mayan skeletal remains at an undisclosed location in Mexico.  Handout photo from CQ University Australia/AFP

U.P., DOST institute set up joint lab for space tech

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The new lab aims to develop a sustainable space program in the country and empower Filipino students to pursue careers in space technology

SPACE TECH. Visitors take pictures inside the full anechoic chamber of the newly opened ULyS3ES on August 31, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOST-ASTI

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The lifesize robot named Fedor – short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research – copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to help carry out tasks remotely

Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station

This handout picture taken on July 26, 2019 and released by the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS on August 21, 2019 shows Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 (Fedor) being tested ahead of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - Russia space agency Roscosmos is about to send a humanoid robot to the International Space Station. Skybot F-850 will be sent to the ISS on August 22 on board the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, and will spend over two weeks there before returning to Earth on September 7. It's the first time that a robot will take the commander's place in a Soyuz — the Skybot will monitor and report on conditions during the otherwise uncrewed flight. (Photo by - / Roscosmos space agency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROSCOSMOS / Space Center Yuzhny/TsENKI /" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behavior: Research reveals you're still the same person after a drink

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Researchers attempt to paint a clearer picture of how drinking alcohol, empathy, and moral behavior are related

Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia

FEDOR. This handout picture taken on July 26, 2019 and released by the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS on August 21, 2019 shows Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 (Fedor) being tested ahead of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. File photo by Roscosmos space agency/AFP

India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

After 4 weeks in space, the craft completes its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says

MOON PROBE. The Indian Space Research Organization's  Chandrayaan-2, with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state, on July 22, 2019. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys

FOR ALL. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says marine surveys in Philippine waters would be open to all countries as long as they seek permission from the Philippines. Presidential Photo

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'Exceptions invite bribe$,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in a tweet as he announces a 'universal ban' on marine scientific surveys

NOT ALLOWED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says he is eyeing a ban on foreign vessels conducting marine research in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

The era of mental conversations has begun

Aug 04, 2019 - 11:00 AM

What is the latest happening on the ground with ordinary mortals who are doing science to try to read people's minds?