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Daredevil, in bid to prove Earth is flat, dies in rocket launch

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:17 AM

His goal was to ascend more than 1,500 meters to prove that the Earth is not round but shaped like a Frisbee

How old are your body parts?

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

When you tell someone who is stressing you that they are responsible for your hair prematurely turning grey or white, you can say you have scientific backing

Indie-Siyensya extends deadline to February 25

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:23 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The contest is open to all Filipinos who may join as individuals or in groups

Indie-Siyensya judges (L-R) Dr. Ruby Cristobal, Prof. Seymour Sanchez, and Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo with DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo and PSHS Western Visayas Campus Director Dr. Shena Faith Ganela led the program launch of the 4th Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition at the Regional Science and Technology Week Celebration last October 19, 2020 in Iloilo City.

The love formula that says 5:1 = forever

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

What if there was a formula to predict with about 90% accuracy whether your relationship will continue or break up?

Half-a-million insect species face extinction – scientists

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM

The decline of butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, wasps, flies, crickets, and dragonflies have consequences far beyond their own demise

BEES KNEES. A picture taken on September 14, 2019 shows bees near a beehive, in Loue, northwestern France. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Music for self-control?

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Self-control is as scarce as face masks during panic mode. But can music help?

How operas can be make-overs for your soul

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Learning music is like having your own personal Big Bang – you do not explode and expand into a space but rather, you make the space as you grow'

DOST offers scholarships to grad students from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:57 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Graduate students from the 3 ASEAN member states may pursue their masters and doctorate degrees in various fields of science and engineering at partner universities

COA allows DOST to write off P23-M loan to Pinatubo victims

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:25 PM

The Commission on Audit says based on the validation of the loan program, the beneficiaries are either dead, have no capacity to pay, or can no longer be located

WASTELAND. A US jeep patrols inside the housing area in US Clark Air Base, devastated by eruptions of Mount Pinatubo volcano on June 22, 1991. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

U.S. charges Harvard chemistry head for stealing trade secrets for China

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Another scientist, a cancer researcher, is accused of trying to smuggle vials containing biological research out of the US in his socks

IVY LEAGUE. Pedestrians walk past a Harvard University building on August 30, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

The germs among us

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Panicking is a normal reaction to the discovery of a virus, but we have to try harder as the general public to respond'

[OPINION] Scientists should have a privileged position in government

Jan 25, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'There should be a seat reserved for the academe in our legislative house. No, not a party list, and not a consultancy, but an actual seat reserved for experts.'

What does it mean to regret? How do we get over our regrets?

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

For instance, why is it so difficult for us to understand that Prince Harry and Meghan, just like majority of couples on the planet, just want to make something out of their own lives?

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

Stardust 7 billion years old: Scientists say oldest solid material found

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:51 AM

'They're solid samples of stars, real stardust,' scientist Philipp Heck says

REAL METEOR GARDEN. File photo shows the milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower are seen in the night sky over Burg auf Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, on April 20, 2018. Photo by  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/AFP   Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower Japan | science | astronomy | entertainment | offbeat associated with x Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Thursday 7/19/2018 - 16:50 UTC+8 | 480 words  A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.  ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower.  The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by Japan's space agency by March 2019.  The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket.  "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.  Each satellite will be able to carry 400 tiny balls whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret.  Ejected from the satellite, the balls will glow as they plunge through the atmosphere.  The 400 balls will be enough for 20-30 events, according to the company, and the satellites will be able to stay in space for around two years.  The company is also exploring the possibility of using satellites already in space that are no longer operational to create "giant" shooting stars, officials said.  "We are planning to push a used satellite into the atmosphere on a targeted orbit to create a giant artificial shooting star," ALE chief engineer Ko Kamachi, adding that the idea was still in the basic research phase.  ALE's two satellites will start orbiting the Earth by February 2020, preparing for the world's first delivery of artificial shooting stars in spring 2020, over the western Japan city of Hiroshima.  The satellites can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.  Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars.  Each star is expected to shine for several seconds before being completely burned up -- well before they fall low enough to pose any danger to anything on Earth.  They would glow brightly enough to be seen even over the light-polluted metropolis of Tokyo.  If all goes well, and the skies are clear, the 2020 event could be visible to millions of people, ALE said.  Okajima said the company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets.  ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.  It has not disclosed the price for an artificial meteor but it may not come so cheap, with the company spending about $20 million for the development, production, launch and operation of the two satellites.  mis/sah/jta  © Agence France-Presse

What the 'predictive text' feature in Gmail says about our brains

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Should we allow Gmail to finish our sentences?

7 Filipino-made tech and products hoping to hit the market in 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says DOST has started to promote their technologies in specific forums catering to different sectors, technologies, and products

PH, Taiwan accepting applications for science graduate courses for 2020

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:44 PM

The deadline for submissions of MECO-TECO SSP applications is on January 15, 2020

Why you will most likely fail at your New Year's resolution

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If it's a person who triggers bad habits, maybe you can try avoiding that person starting this year

2019 top science stories: Opportunity rover, poop on the moon, and finding a cure for HIV

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Here are the stories that struck the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum in 2019

Considerata IX: A poem and reflection on 2019

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Only you can make a story out of the light that brought you here. Only you can weave the piece from your own fabric of spacetime.'

Emerging from obscurity: 2019's unforeseen history-makers

Dec 28, 2019 - 3:02 PM

8 history-makers in politics, climate and humanitarian activism, music, and astronomy who were unknown in 2018

THE BRAVES. This file photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows a protester throwing a brick back at the police after they fired tear gas in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong, as simultaneous rallies were held across7 districts. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

2019: PH explores unchartered territories in sciences

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Here's a rundown of some of the most exciting and memorable scientific stories in the Philippines in 2019

Have you ever tried inventing your own word?

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Did you know that the Greeks have a word that means 'a hunger for disaster?' Or that the Germans have a term for when you dread getting what you want?

[OPINION] Fantastic coconuts and what to do next

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Studying and propagating coconuts with improved characteristics will be beneficial to an estimated 3.5 million coconut farmers and 22 million Filipinos

These will make you hope and (hopefully) act

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Science writer Maria Isabel Garcia shares her 'hope finds' – a list of actions that will hopefully lift up our spirits and move us to act

Student innovations recognized in 3rd imake.wemake

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Press release: Senior high school students were tasked to seek solutions to pressing societal and community issues in food safety, health, education, disaster mitigation, agriculture, and environment

10 haikus for the planet we failed

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our dying planet, remembered in Japanese poetry

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

Your body and the planet

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:00 PM

What is good for your body is good for the planet

2020 NAST, DOST awards now open for nominations

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:46 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Except for the Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award, the deadline for the submission of nominations for all awards is on the last working day of November 2019

The fight of our lives

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We cannot lie down in the face of the overwhelming climate crisis because science can pull us up with the mental muscle that can reinvigorate the resistance

HS students from Pitogo, Caloocan, and Malabon top local robotics competition

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:13 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Pitogo High School is named Best Team while Malabon National High School and Caloocan National Science High School win Best Alliance at the 2019 Tagisang Robotics

THREEPEAT. For the third time, Pitogo High School secured the Best Team Award in the returning Tagisang Robotics Competition organized by DOST-SEI. Photo courtesy of DOST-Science Education Institute

If real estate developers cared for our mental health

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live

Stand-up scientists use comedy to reach beyond the ivory tower

Nov 11, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Several scientist-comedians from across the US believe that laughter can be a powerful tool for communicating complex concepts

COMEDY. Kasha Patel, a chemist and science writer for NASA, performs her stand-up comedy act at State College, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2019. Photo by Issam Ahmed/AFP

How art could help solve social and political conflicts

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Art could inspire that sense of awe that moves us to step into the world – the real world with a more robust inner life

Your beloved could be your analgesic

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The lines between our emotional and physiological states are as blurred in our biology as in our experiences

Selfies to solve world problems (really)

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

What if we can make selfies more meaningful – if not for the one posting it, then for others who would probably not even see your selfie online?

Should news always be negative?

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

In terms of the fundamental wiring of human brains, science knows why we pay more attention to negative news

Pisay students’ outstanding creative research vows to end traffic problems

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The research is a proposed system for a more efficient method of managing traffic in intersections

The offline rebellion

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Trending has become more important than living

DOST honors 9 groups for PH victories in internat'l science, math competitions

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'The fact that we are excelling in these fields in the global stage says that we have the potential to make wonders in other disciplines as well,' says DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña

Go for Gold. DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño encourages national organizers to seek support from DOST and motivates Olympiad winners to go for gold in future competitions. Photo Courtesy of DOST

The failed search for the normal brain

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We thrive as humans because we are diverse. None of us is normal.

Science says that when it comes to sex, it's really complicated

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Nothing human is ever simple. Complexity is the weight of our worth.

Heartbroken? Science says you should take a sick leave

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have to acknowledge that we are not machines – that we break, and when we do, they strike a blow to our organs too, such as our hearts

Food is no free lunch

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If we knew more about more kinds of foods and their impact, then we could make better individual and community judgments as well as national policies that will affect our food security

DOST Filipino scientists and engineers bag 2019 Presidential Lingkod Bayan award

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is given to outstanding civil servants for their exceptional contributions with nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony

TRAILBLAZERS. DOST's Advanced Space Technology Research and Services is awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award for placing the country in the space technology map through the development of DIWATA-1 and 2, the country’s first microsatellite, and the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center on September 10, 2019. Photo from DOST-ASTI

The trouble with YOLO

Sep 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Time will always move regardless of what we do. But this tyranny of the present is cutting us off from the future we want.

Innovation that aids locked-in syndrome patients nabs top prize in 30th BPI-DOST Science Awards

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Jay Patrick Nieles is also the recipient of the Best in Innovation Award for the same study

DOUBLE VICTORY. Jay Patrick Nieles of the University of Santo Tomas (3rd from left) bagged the Project of the Year award and one of two Best in Innovation awards in the 30th BPI-DoST Science Awards. (From left) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation Executive Director Maricris San Diego, Best in Innovation awardees Christian Badua of the University of the Philippines Manila and Jay Patrick Nieles, and DoST-Science Education Institute Deputy Director Albert Mariño. Photo from DOST

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