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

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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

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

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

Senate OKs Balik Scientist Bill on final reading

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The Senate passes Senate Bill 1533 or the Balik Scientist Bill on third and final reading with a vote of 13-0

PINOY SCIENTIST AT WORK. In this photograph taken on October 10, 2015, gene bank manager Flora de Guzman checks rice samples at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, south of Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

Thousands join March for Science to fight 'alternative facts'

Apr 23, 2017 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED The March for Science demonstrations have been organized in response to what is seen as mounting political pressure on facts based evidence

EVEN IN GREENLAND. The March for Science is held around the world as a form of protest against 'alternative facts.' Photo from March for Science Facebook page

Scientists fear the worst under a Trump presidency

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Donald Trump is seen by many as the most hostile to science of any American president in history

ENEMIES OF SCIENCE? In this file photo, Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech as Vice president-elect Mike Pence looks on during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

In families with same-sex parents, the kids are all right

Feb 22, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Research shows no evidence that children raised by a single parent or same sex couples were less competent or well rounded than other children

Here's what happens to your brain when you fall in love

Feb 16, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The euphoria of falling truly madly deeply in love is often likened to being high and with good reason Research shows that when you’re in love you really are in a mind altered state

Science says: What is this thing called love?

Feb 11, 2016 - 3:17 PM

What exactly is romantic love? Researchers are increasingly interested in this question and the answer is not at all clear

DEFINING LOVE. Research finds that romantic love is likely to be a universal human emotion. Photo from Shutterstock

Here's how to make your New Year’s resolutions work

Jan 14, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Here are some ways science and research say can help you stick with your New Year s resolutions

#SG50: Smart Nation: The future of Singapore's wired city

Aug 05, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Singapore s Smart Nation program uses data and cutting edge technology to find urban solutions to improve public services and to compete with premiere global cities

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. Singapore's Smart Nation aims to address problems like mobility through smart technologies including autonomous vehicles. Screenshot from IDA Singapore video

Tic toc: Why pendulums swing in harmony

Jul 24, 2015 - 2:13 AM

The question has had scientists scratching their head for centuries

US awards science grants to Pinoy scholars

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:16 PM

The United States Agency for International Development awards 16 scholarships and 14 research grants to individuals from 18 universities in the Philippines

Research in the Little Red Dot

Jul 22, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Big bets sowed by the country in science technology and engineering in the last two decades are now reaping benefits but challenges remain as the city state looks to the future

Innovating for the Asian consumer

Jul 21, 2014 - 8:45 AM

Singapore’s research and development program draws global giants that want to reach the Asian consumer

RESEARCH HUB. The Procter & Gamble Singapore Innovation Centre (SgIC). Image courtesy P&G

Lowly microbes, high-tech research

Jul 20, 2014 - 10:29 AM

A Singapore based research institution is studying how the lowly biofilm can make an impact on environmental and public health issues

A SCELSE researcher works on biofilms in used water treatment in a laboratory scale bioreactor. The bioreactor replicates the conditions of a full scale plant, but allows for manipulation of operational parameters for experimental testing. Image courtesy SCELSE

A ‘collaboratory’ for urban solutions

Jul 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM

A Singaporean research campus is home to local and foreign expertise in the city state’s quest to find solutions for a changing urban landscape

The Senseable City Lab at the SMART CREATE center in Singapore. KD Suarez/Rappler

Little city, big science

Jul 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM

We take the pulse of Singapore s science and technology community through some of its prominent institutions and centers to see how far the country has come in terms of R D – and what lies ahead

In Numbers: Singapore R&D

Jul 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Facts and figures about research and development in Singapore

New forms of racism arise in science research

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:35 PM

A professor warns science could be misused to propagate the belief that people inherently have different abilities based on skin color or ethnic background

NEORACISM. New forms of discrimination take hold in scientific research

Higgs evidence mounts one year on, so too the suspense

Jul 02, 2013 - 10:41 AM

Evidence is mounting it may be the elusive Higgs boson even as researchers warn the suspense is far from over

Proton-proton collision in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment producing four high-energy muons (red lines). The event shows characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson but it is also consistent with background Standard Model physics processes. Photo courtesy of CERN/CMS

New material to soak up oil spills?

May 01, 2013 - 10:12 AM

A team of scientists made nanosheets of boron nitride also called white graphene that were able to soak up a wide range of spilt oils chemical solvents and dyes

Gene clues point to Cambodia for drug-resistant malaria

Apr 29, 2013 - 7:14 AM

Gene analysis of malaria parasites has pinpointed western Cambodia as the hotspot of strains that are dangerously resistant to artesiminin

Salt-tolerant rice bred at rice institute

Apr 16, 2013 - 4:25 PM

IRRI has bred a new rice line that can expel salt it takes from the soil into the air through salt glands it has on its leaves

AFP file photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

US top court to hear case on gene patents

Apr 14, 2013 - 12:43 PM

The nine justices will review a 2012 appeals court decision that allowed a biotechnology company Myriad Genetics Inc to patent two genes it found had links to breast and ovarian cancer

Q and A: Parenting gay children

Mar 17, 2013 - 4:47 PM

Parents can t control who we are attracted to But they can control whether and how they will show their unconditional love for their child

Particle looking 'more and more' like Higgs - scientists

Mar 07, 2013 - 7:03 AM

The subatomic particle whose discovery was announced amid much fanfare last year is looking more and more like it could indeed be the elusive Higgs boson believed to explain why matter has mass

Proton-proton collision in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment producing four high-energy muons (red lines). The event shows characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson but it is also consistent with background Standard Model physics processes. Photo courtesy of CERN/CMS

Job stress doubles diabetes risk in women

Aug 23, 2012 - 11:23 AM

According to the study women are more likely to turn to food with higher fat and sugar content

STRESSED? TURN AWAY FROM food! Screen grab from YouTube (hblxer)

Malaysian prince's 'pill' targets dengue scourge

Jun 06, 2012 - 2:57 PM

A Malaysian prince is promoting a novel weapon against the worsening scourge of dengue fever: a protein pill that starves mosquito larvae and could revolutionise the global dengue fight

Filipino scientists develop quick test to detect dengue

Feb 15, 2012 - 12:06 PM

New Biotek M test kit for detecting dengue is developed at UP Manila; test can tell if patient has dengue or not within 1 hour