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National Scientist Teodulo Topacio dies

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:10 PM

National Scientist Teodulo Topacio, known for his contributions to veterinary medicine, dies at 94

NATIONAL SCIENTIST. Dr Teodulo Topacio is remembered for his contributions to the field of veterinary medicine in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of

What do you really think of science?

May 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

To be an advocate for science is to be an advocate for the best of what our species can do in terms of understanding the world, others, and ourselves

This Filipina scientist’s plant growth supplement has wowed the world

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Lucille Abad's invention is one of the 5 finalists for projects in the field of non-energy application of nuclear technologies at the recently held World Atomic Energy Expo Awards 2019 in Sochi, Russia

FILIPINO-MADE. Lucille Abad of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute has long been studying carrageenan, a natural preservative extracted from processed gulamang dagat. Photo courtesy of Shaira Panela

The real deal: Astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The supermassive black hole now immortalized by a far-flung network of radio telescopes is 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87

FIRST IMAGE. A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory on April 10, 2019 shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the 'most direct proof of their existence,' one of the project's lead scientists told AFP. AFP PHOTO/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

From traffic to disease outbreaks: How AIM's data scientists hope to improve Filipinos' lives

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Data scientists from the Asian Institute of Management envision to use advanced analytics in interests that span from traffic research, health, intellectual property, to local applications like predicting the water level of Magat Dam

DATA SCIENTISTS. Sixty-four students of MSDS 2020 with (standing center to right) Associate Professor Erika leisure, Professor Chris Monterola, Assistant Professor Christian Alis, and Associate Dean Jamil Paolo Francisco. Photo from Asian Institute of Management

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

Information wars endanger civilization, say 'Doomsday' experts

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The manipulation of facts, fake news, and information overload – along with global warming and flirting with nuclear war – are factors bringing humans as close to destroying the planet as ever, says the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

DOOMSDAY CLOCK. Former California Governor Jerry Brown, (L) and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry unveil the Doomsday Clock during The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists news conference, on January 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Google honors National Scientist Fe del Mundo with a doodle

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The doodle goes live on Tuesday, November 27, the 107th birth anniversary of ‘The Angel of Santo Tomas’

Robotics Barbie aims to inspire young scientists

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:06 PM

The new Barbie is dressed as as robotics engineer, a job that in real-life is occupied almost 9 times out of 10 by men

Duterte signs Balik Scientist law

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:25 PM

'This law will address the lack of scientists in the country, so we can catch up with our Asian neighbors, which has more people working for research and development,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, author of the measure

MORE SCIENTISTS. With the passage of the law, it is expected to address the country's lack of scientists to improve research and development.

Marine scientist is 2018 'Women in Science' National Fellow

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Dr Charissa Marcaida Ferrera hopes that with her fellowship, she could inspire young girls to pursue a career in science

FELLOW. Charissa Marcaida Ferrera is a university researcher from the UP Marine Science Institute. Photo courtesy of L’Oréal Foundation

Shining a spotlight on Pinay scientists

May 26, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The achievements of notable Filipina scientists are proof that women scientists thrive in the Philippines

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

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Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

8 of the leading Filipino scientists who make us proud

May 14, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Meet the 8 Filipinos who made it to the 2018 edition of the Asian Scientist 100 list

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

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

Scientists' group refutes Roque, says local experts can do research in Benham Rise

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATES) To utilize resources in Philippine territories, a scientists' group urges the government to support Filipino scientists 'instead of being servile to China in exchange for foreign aid'

BENHAM RISE. Researchers aboard boats in the waters in the Benham Rise area. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Going the extra mile: How DOST’s bus bridges science teaching gaps

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The Explorer Bus aims to encourage students around the country to appreciate science concepts by taking part in the experience of learning

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

15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:50 PM

More than 15,000 global scientists from 184 countries sign on to the letter, called the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice," published in the journal BioScience

BEAUTY. A view of the Earth from space from a photo provided by NASA

Getting more girls into science and tech

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Professor Didith Rodrigo approaches her task in part by showing that science is not all in the lab

5 things to make PH a better place for scientists

May 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Here s a short wishlist from the Pinoy scientists themselves

PH lacks 19,000 scientists in research and dev't – Bam Aquino

May 13, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Balik Scientist Bill seeks to institutionalize the program of the Department of Science and Technology that encourages overseas Filipino scientists to return and serve the country

MORE SCIENTISTS. The Philippines lacks thousands of scientists to improve research and development according to Senator Paulo Benigno "Bam" Aquino.

Project NOAH 'not just about the technology' – Lagmay

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:52 PM

We have invested heavily on human resources says NOAH head Mahar Lagmay; Our intention is to maintain these disaster scientists

MORE THAN TECH. Staff of Project NOAH at work. Rappler file photo

Symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' moves closer to midnight

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED The clock – which serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is to destroying the planet – was last changed in 2015 from 5 to 3 minutes to midnight It is now set at two and a half minutes to midnight

DOOMSDAY CLOCK Scientists and members of the 'The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' hold a press conference  at the National Press Club January 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty/AFP

Israeli scientists say they can block melanoma spread

Aug 24, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Researchers from Tel Aviv University develop substances that may prevent the spread of melanoma the most aggressive of all skin cancers

THE ROAD TO A CURE. Doctor Antonella Tosti, dermatologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, uses an Iphone as a dermatoscope as she examines Michael Casa Nova,12, for symptoms of skin cancer due to sun exposure. File photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

UK Nobel winners back EU after Brexit poll boost

Jun 11, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Nobel Prize winners including Peter Higgs and geneticist Paul Nurse say the loss of research funding would be one consequence of leaving the bloc

In this file photo, Peter W Higgs, addresses the traditional Nobel Prize banquet at the Stockholm City Hall on December 10, 2013. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/ AFP

Australia removed from UN climate report over tourism fears

May 27, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Recent experience in Australia had shown that negative commentary about the status of World Heritage properties impacted on tourism says the Australian Department of Environment

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by James Cook University/EPA

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New SSL IV provision will protect Magna Carta benefits – bicam

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:10 PM

But the bicameral conference committee has yet to decide if retired soldiers will be among the bill s beneficiaries

RIGHTS PROTECTION. The bicameral conference committee on the Salary Standardization Law IV plans to include a provision protecting the Magna Carta benefits of government employees.

'Doomsday' clock remains at 3 minutes to midnight

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:14 AM

The clock serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is to destroying the planet and was most recently moved closer to midnight in 2015

CLOSE TO 'DOOMSDAY' Lawrence Krauss, director of the Arizona State University New Origins Initiative, helps unveil the 'Doomsday Clock' after the announcement that the historic clock would remain at 3 minutes to midnight, in Washington, DC, USA, January 26, 2016. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Recto to bicam: Don't scrap Magna Carta benefits under SSL IV

Jan 22, 2016 - 9:14 AM

3rd UPDATE Senator Ralph Recto urges the bicameral conference committee to include a provision in the proposed Salary Standardization Law IV that will protect existing Magna Carta benefits of government employees

PROTECT GOV'T WORKERS' BENEFITS. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto suggests a few changes in the Salary Standardization Law IV when it reaches the bicameral conference committee. Photo from the office of Senator Ralph Recto

The SC kills Bt talong, and takes down Philippine science as well

Dec 09, 2015 - 6:45 PM

A Filipino scientist blasts Supreme Court justices for ruling against GMO field trials debunking claims they re not safe

Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science, New York University

PH national scientist Benito Vergara dies

Oct 25, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Vergara who was named National Scientist in 2001 for his contribution on rice research dies at the age of 81

RICE RESEARCH. In a photo taken in 1991, Benito Vergara is seen conducting a study on a rice field. Photo from Vergara's Flickr page

US-based Nobel chemistry laureates stunned by honor

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:16 AM

With this map we can now say to a fellow scientist Tell us the gene you re interested in or any spot on the genome and we ll tell you how it is repaired

Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Aug 29, 2015 - 6:12 PM

Time is running out to bridge deep and long standing divisions on who should do what to halt the march of global warming

CLIMATE CHANGE. Picture taken 15 June 2010 shows cracked and parched earth at central Thailand's biggest water reservoir, the Pasak Cholasit Dam in Lopburi province, about 190 kms northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. File Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

In letter to Obama, US scientists praise Iran nuclear deal – report

Aug 09, 2015 - 9:27 AM

The letter tells the US president that the Iran deal will advance the cause of peace and security in the Middle East

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the nuclear deal with Iran, at American University's School of International Service, in Washington DC, USA, 05 August 2015.  Photo by Pete Marovic/EPA

Get to know the women National Artists and Scientists

Mar 29, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Their exceptional talent expertise and legacies are recognized through two of the highest civilian honors in the Philippines

Scientists hold emergency meeting to save endangered rhinos

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:37 PM

There are only 5 northern whites left on the planet: 3 live in a 700 acre enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya while the other 2 are kept in zoos in the Czech Republic and the US

Shango, baby white rhinoceros is pictured at the zoological park of the eastern French city of Amneville, eastern France, on December 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

Yes, you can slow down the speed of light!

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:03 AM

A Filipino scientist in Scotland helps prove that it can be done even in vacuum

4 years on, no justice for slain botanist Leonard Co

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:45 AM

There have been no trials held 4 years after the death of the revered Filipino botanist allegedly at the hands of soldiers

UN climate panel on final stretch of key report

Oct 31, 2014 - 8:44 PM

The document crowns a vast overview of the existing scientific evidence for global warming predictions of its impacts and solutions for curbing greenhouse gas emissions which cause the problem

EMISSIONS. A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Coming soon: Filipino food in space

Sep 25, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Filipino scientist Apollo Arquiza part of the NASA team on space food studies says astronauts may one day dine on chicken or pork adobo

Dr Ramon Barba: Science 'against all odds'

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:15 AM

The story of this National Scientist s discovery of the chemical that helped launched Philippine mangoes in the international market is one for the books

Dr Ramon Barba, National Scientist (plant physiology). Photo by Shaira Panela

Why spend money on science? Answering the Binay question

Jul 26, 2014 - 1:00 PM

To turn our back on science and technology will inevitably condemn our country to perpetual economic backwardness

Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science, New York University

Taking inspiration from the sea

Jul 17, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Get to know Dr Angel Alcala one of the country s newest National Scientists

Dr Angel Alcala. Image courtesy Silliman University

Top journal retracts ‘game-changer’ stem cell study

Jul 02, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Leading science journal Nature is withdrawing a stem cell study published January after all co authors concluded that they cannot stand behind the papers

RETRACTION? This handout picture, released from Japan's Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) on January 23, 2013 shows part of the renal tubule cells (red part) which were differentiated from human stem cells at the CiRA in Kyoto. Kyoto University/AFP

Big Bang breakthrough team: We may be wrong

Jun 20, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Some scientists also express doubts about the findings of the BICEP2 team

File photo by AFP

Experts cast doubt on Big Bang bolstering discovery

Jun 14, 2014 - 2:36 PM

A possible Nobel Prize contender the findings are met with skepticism by astrophysicists

MAJOR EVIDENCE. American scientists have detected echoes of the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. File photo by AFP

Building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact – ministers

Jun 07, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Paris agreement is meant to set the cap on years of haggling among the 195 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP