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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

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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

Big majority of Filipinos against charter change – Pulse Asia

May 02, 2018 - 10:43 AM

(UPDATED) Survey results also show that a 'sizeable majority of Filipinos (66%)' are opposed to changing the present unitary system of government to a federal system at this time

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Most Filipinos worry about workers' pay, inflation – Pulse Asia

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:22 AM

While urgent concerns are mostly economic in nature, levels of concern about fighting corruption and enforcing the rule of law drop between December 2017 and March 2018

Facebook tool to inform people if they followed Russian propaganda pages

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says the tool will be coming out in 'the next few weeks'

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

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

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Knowing how the model is built helps explain Cambridge Analytica’s apparently contradictory statements about the role – or lack thereof – that personality profiling and psychographics played in its modeling

ONLINE PROFILING. How accurately can you be profiled online? Image from Andrew Krasovitckii/Shutterstock.com

Tumblr confirms, suspends 84 Russian-linked accounts

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The social networking site breaks its silence and like Twitter, Facebook, and Google before it, admits there were alleged state-sponsored accounts spreading false information on the platform

Ex-FDA drug regulation chief gave Sanofi special 'accommodation' for Dengvaxia

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Center for Drug Regulation and Research Benjamin Co received a USB directly from Sanofi when it gave a USB directly to him. This is not allowed under FDA rules

RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside a storage facility of the local government health sector that on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

National Scientist Bienvenido Juliano dies

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:56 PM

'His important research activities in collaboration with scientists in related disciplines had produced socio-economic impact among the rice-eating countries of the world,' says the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

NATIONAL SCIENTIST. National Scientist Bienvenido O. Juliano  was known for his contributions to the chemistry and technology of rice and rice food products. Photo courtesy of NAST, PHL

Senate OKs treaties vs double taxation with Mexico, Thailand, Sri Lanka

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:03 AM

The Senate also concurs in the ratification of the agreement establishing the ASEAN+3 (Japan, South Korea, China) Macroeconomic Research Office or AMRO

RITM expert: No conflict of interest in Dengvaxia study

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Rosario Capeding, who was accused of 'conflict of interest' during a House probe, explains clinical trials have safeguards that prevent biases in the result of the study

RITM STUDY. Rose Capeding says contrary to the allegations of a lawmaker, clinical studies are designed to avoid unintended biases. Rappler screenshot

SC upholds re-extension of martial law, Duque on Dengvaxia, Asian stocks plunge | Evening wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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Duterte on Benham Rise, Napolcom survey, Zuckerberg on Facebook | Midday wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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Morales on Carandang suspension, Roque on fake news, Taguba ordered arrested | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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DFA data on Benham Rise 'can be misleading' – expert

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'It can be misleading because it gives you the wrong impression that there are so many researches going on in Benham Rise,' says maritime expert Jay Batongbacal

EXPERT'S VIEW. Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, says the DFA's data on Benham Rise research requests 'can be misleading.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

After Dengvaxia mess, Duque wants more independence for FDA, RITM

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants the FDA to be independent from the DOH, and the RITM to be free from the influence of pharmaceutical companies

CHANGES FOR FDA, RITM? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III seeks more independence for two agencies under the DOH following the Dengvaxia controversy. Screenshot by Rappler

Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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DFA vague on number of Benham Rise research requests

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Did DFA approve 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications in Benham Rise for the US alone? Not necessarily.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines approved 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications from the US, 2 from China, 9 from Japan, and 4 from Korea. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman orders DOH to submit Dengvaxia's clinical trial papers

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The Ombudsman's request stems from two complaints filed late last year against officials of Sanofi Pasteur and government officials who implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program

KIDS' SAFETY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III hands a monitoring card to a Santa Rosa Central Elementary School student who got the Dengvaxia vaccine last year. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dengvaxia safety trial unfinished when vaccination program launched – Duque

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'So if they had waited [for] 2017, then they would have known they can’t give these Dengvaxia [vaccine vials] to children who never had dengue in the past,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MONITORING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III explains what parents in Santa Rosa, Laguna can do if their child received the Dengvaxia vaccine Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Calida on Martial Law, Roque on Benham Rise, Pope Francis on fake news | Midday wRap

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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Roque says remarks on Benham Rise research misunderstood

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Presidential Spokesman claims he was referring to China, not Filipino scientists and researchers, when he said 'no one can do it, because, apparently, it's capital intensive'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Uson returns award, SC lifts TRO on license plates, China and Benham Rise | Midday wRap

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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China's 33-day permit to survey PH's eastern seaboard begins

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The permit allows China to gather data on the ocean circulation in the Western Pacific, covering the 'eastern side of Luzon and Mindanao'

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM