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Genes and your Valentine prospects

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We wonder about many things when we are attracted to someone, and probably the list expands when we consider marriage. But are genes part of those considerations?

A robot that can touch, eat, and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Let’s dig into the many scientific concepts touched on in the film and see how far from reality they are, or might be in the future

CYBORG. Alita: preparing for battle. 20th Century Fox

AI correctly predicts Childish Gambino Grammy win

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:40 PM

US-based DataRobot compares all previous Song of the Year winners with this year's nominees, correctly predicting Childish Gambino's victory for 'This Is America'

GAMBINO. Childish Gambino performs on stage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 21, 2018. File photo by Valerie Macon/AFP

Leveling expectations between the sexes on Valentine's Day

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Romance' in female brains generally takes on the form of language, while in male brains, it largely, so to speak, rises and falls as an 'act'

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The researchers caution that their success is only a first step and that 'serious technical barriers and complex ethical issues' remain before the process could be used for human organs

My FB: Forgetbook

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Instead of Facebook, I want a Forgetbook – a network of personal accounts with pixels gracefully and artfully degrading at random rates like real life, reminding us that not all matter, matters to all of us, all the time

DOST appeals for space agency bill approval before Congress adjourns

Jan 31, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'We are proud to say that we are capable and ready for a Philippine space agency,' says DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña

DIWATA 2 REPLICA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Data scientists needed in every industry, experts say

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Press release: LinkedIn saw a 190% global increase in skills related to Data Science and artificial intelligence from 2015 to 2017

'Nature-deficit disorder'

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Nature experience is essential in the inner life of any child

The science of small talk

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

This constant roar of the river of chat within us that rises to the surface and comes out as 'small talk' seems to be one of the most striking traits that define us as humans

Antarctica ice loss increases sixfold since 1979 – study

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Sense, sensibility, and vocabulary

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our vocabulary is shaped by what we sense

Joni Mitchell and the Dying Planet Report

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is a deadline before our planet's dying trend becomes irreversible. The reversal has to begin today. What will you do?

How Tropical Depression Usman affected schools

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Aside from damage to school infrastructure, Tropical Depression Usman also placed students' lives in danger

FLOODED SCHOOLS. Several schools in Camarines Sur and Oriental Mindoro experience flooding due to Tropical Depression Usman. File photos from Roel Paul Registrado and Twitter user @opparisyon

Scientists boost plant yield by 40% through 'genetic hack'

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The wider goal isn't to produce more tobacco but to apply the technique to wheat or soy beans, in order to meet mankind's growing appetite

Considerata VIII

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

As you insist on your humanity, let it grow. 
Start by changing your mind.

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

The superpower gift to stop

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The one thing that smartphones have taken away from us is the Stop Sign. This holiday season is the perfect time to press pause on social media and pay attention to our real lives.

Cross-cutting topics for holiday conversations

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are 5 conversational themes that could mend or fill in some gaps in your family and friend connections

The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media

Pinoy science docus reap awards in 3rd Indie-Siyensya film contest

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 7 films earn the nod of judges and selected viewers in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition

Ulysses Garces replaces De Vera as ABS representative in House

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LPGMA Representative Arnel Ty, an ally of expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera, fails to block the oath-taking

NEW LAWMAKER. Ulysses Garces (L) takes his oath as new representative of the ABS party in the House of Representatives. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

When science inspires your gift-giving

Dec 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Want to give gifts that are science-inspired? Read on!

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Nov 27, 2018 - 8:45 PM

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At Germany fair, PH firm shows innovations in weather forecasting, agriculture

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Addressing pertinent issues in the Philippines through technology, a local company demonstrates its idea of nation-building, and encourages the youth to pursue careers in STEM

[OPINION] De Vera's ouster from the House of Representatives is unconstitutional

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Constitution is clear and made even clearer by abundant jurisprudence, yet Congress chose to bend the law and resort to brute force to remove the ABS party-list representative

No more sand in the hourglass

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why do measures matter in making meaning?

Art could help medical science save your life

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Aside from medical prescriptions, there are 'social prescriptions' that play a significant role in healing

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

What does the state of your bookshelf say about you?

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Books tear down the walls of what society assumed to be fixed, or at least, could largely be demolished only by political or economic policies. Books are revolutionary in themselves.

Why blurting out the first thing that comes to your mind is not a virtue

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Your one and only life is worth the brainwork

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

Science has started mapping our feelings

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The human experience is a galaxy of feelings

Thought-shifting spaces

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How would you want your work and living spaces to reflect what you love about life?

Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami?

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

In the event of a disaster, communities should 'act as one,' says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

TSUNAMI. Are PH's coastal communities prepared for a tsunami scenario?

How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained?

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:30 AM

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved

Pinoy kids bag 32 medals at math-science olympiad in China

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The olympiad drew almost 400 contestants from 21 countries and regions

Why Indonesia's tsunamis are so deadly

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:33 PM

A combination of plate tectonic in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous

DEADLY DISASTER. A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

The best learners: the forager and the Renaissance human

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We humans invented the disciplines so we can highlight various aspects of reality for a deeper understanding. It's time to unlearn the borders we made so we can see where the disciplines connect and where they diverge.

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

The risking brain

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We are wired to fear far more than we are to be reasonable. But are we all created to be equally fearful?

Simple blood test may reveal your body's inner clock

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Researchers have designed a blood test that can measure a person's inner body clock within 1.5 hours, an advance that may help personalize medical treatments in the future

The air that dims our brains

Sep 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Air pollution is making us dumb and it will grow worse because we are urbanizing fast

Delay breakfast, eat dinner early if you want to lose body fat – new study

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

There is, indeed, increasing evidence supporting the idea that our metabolic health is not just regulated by what we eat, but also when we eat

TIMING. A new study suggests timing meals to lose weight. Image from junpinzon/Shutterstock.com

How bitter becomes sweet: It's all in your head

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Food has taken on a flavor that is much more than the tastes it elicits

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The findings suggest 'livestock species have very sophisticated minds to interpret their environment' and 'likely adapt their behavior' based on human facial expressions

The 7-point science of why we forget our 'dark' past

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Ever heard of 'unethical amnesia'?

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The first, blurry images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft