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Bawal Bastos law emboldens Filipinos to condemn Duterte sexism – Hontiveros

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Though President Rodrigo Duterte is immune from suit while he is Chief Executive, the new law should serve as a guide for him and a resource for Filipinos who want to call out his misogynistic behavior

Risa Hontiveros. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Senator Risa Hontiveros on challenges facing 'Bawal Ang Bastos' Law

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The law has been passed. The next challenge: implementation

Panelo: Duterte 'never bastos,' you women should know that

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte 'will be the first one to obey' the Bawal Bastos law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

New law punishes wolf whistling, catcalling, online sexual harassment

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:41 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte, who himself was caught publicly wolf whistling a female reporter, signs the Safe Spaces Act

France's Macron announces creation of a new space force command

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'We will reinforce our knowledge of the situation in space, we will better protect our satellites, including in an active manner,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

SPACE COMMAND. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/Pool/AFP

Virgin Galactic seeks space tourism boost with market launch

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'By embarking on this new chapter...we can open space to more investors and in doing so, open space to thousands of new astronauts,' says Richard Branson

RICHARD BRANSON. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson speaks during a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The exercise aims to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the Orion capsule in the event of an explosion or other problem shortly after launch of the rocket taking them into space

TEST. This NASA photo obtained July 2, 2019 shows Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 am EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT

'I know a place': 10 safe spaces for LGBTQ+ people in Metro Manila, from clubs to cafés

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

These day and night destinations from all across the spectrum welcome everyone, no matter who they are and love

SAFE SPACES. Space and representation matter. Image from Instagram

Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:47 PM

NASA's Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques emerge from the space craft to applause from support crews

LANDING SAFELY. This handout photo released by NASA shows Expedition 59 astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) being helped out of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on June 25, 2019. Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls/AFP

NASA's Curiosity rover finds new methane spike on Mars

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern,' says Paul Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center

India unveils spacecraft for moon-landing mission

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The mission is India's second to the moon, and if successful, it would put the nation in the league of the US, the former Soviet Union, and China

SECOND MISSION. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bangalore on June 12, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year, says NASA.

NASA The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programs – unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade

LONG MARCH. Mockups of the New Generation Launch Vehicles of Long March Family are on display during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. Image via Shutterstock

'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing

May 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The year was 1969, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. He said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'

In this May 18, 1969 image obtained from NASA, Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford, heading to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad, pats the nose of a stuffed Snoopy held by Jamye Flowers (Coplin), astronaut Gordon Cooper’s secretary. As the sight of planet Earth grew ever smaller, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. The year was 1969, and his vessel was the first to be equipped with a color camera, which was beaming live images to an awestruck global audience. "I was feeling real high," Stafford recalled. "I said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'" Handout / NASA / AFP

NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission

May 24, 2019 - 11:49 AM

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirms that Artemis 1 will be an uncrewed mission around the Moon planned for 2020

NASA. Administrator James Bridenstine testifies during a hearing before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee March 27, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, says Liu Jizhong, head of China's Exploration and Space Engineering Center

NEXT FOR CHINA. A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on December 8, 2018. China now spends more on its civil and military space programs than do Russia and Japan, and is second only to the United States. File photo by STR/AFP

Coworking to 'co-living': Studio22 in La Union hopes to redefine the shared workplace

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The newly-opened shared workplace in the surftown of San Juan offers coworking basics, and then some

CO-LIVING. Studio22 provides coworking facilities in La Union. Photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Space sweepers: Removing from space old satellites and debris

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:26 PM

A 46-year-old Japanese entrepreneur envisions his start-up Astroscale to launch 'space sweepers' with the goal of removing space debris

SPACE JUNK. Kanae Kobori, an engineer with Japanese space start-up company Astroscale, demonstrates pulling a magnet off of a piece of steel during the 35th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 9, 2019. Photo by Jason Connolly/AFP

Coworking, flexible workspace: An emerging driver of property demand

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Property developers are seeing the merit of including flexible and coworking spaces in their portfolio

Waiting for the elevator and leaving the building won't be necessary as the WeWork office also has a minipark with articial grass and three-seater swings for members to take a break in. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Demand for PH offshore gaming office space soars in Q1 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Philippine offshore gaming operators are now getting into pre-leasing amid the demand for more office spaces, according to consulting firm Pronove Tai

Coworking firm KMC Solutions to expand in PH

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:20 PM

KMC Solutions plans to have 77,236 square meters and 14,229 seats by the end of 2019

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Indian satellite destruction 'unacceptable' – NASA

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:14 PM

'That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight,' says NASA head Jim Bridenstine, as he cites the dangers of the move in relation to the International Space Station

MODI ON SPACE POWER. A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a local news channel in New Delhi on March 27, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

NASA scraps all-women spacewalk for lack of well-fitting suits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Had Christina Koch and Anne McClain done their spacewalk together, it would have been the first ever by two women astronauts

CHRISTINA KOCH. In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019 NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, looks on as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Vaping now regulated in Quezon City

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signs an ordinance regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public and private places

REGULATED. E-cigarettes are safer than the usual tobacco rolls, but Quezon City sees that it's still not safe enough for unregulated public use.

[WATCH] The Philippines' Best Work Spaces: Globe Telecom

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Join Jonathan Yabut as he looks for the metro's best and coolest work spaces

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Astronauts on aborted Soyuz launch blast off successfully for ISS

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

'The Soyuz is now in orbit and the crew are on their way to the International Space Station,' says a commentator on NASA television.

NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, reacts as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14, 2019. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool/AFP

How a vintage film format brought 'Apollo 11' back to life

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The film injects new life into the most famous space mission of all time, which transfixed the world from July 16-24, 1969

APOLLO 11. US Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is shown walking near the Lunar Module 20 July 1969 during the Apollo 11 space mission. Visible as a reflection in Aldrin's visor is Neil Armstrong, the man who took the photo. Photo by NASA

North Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch – NPR

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The photos by the firm DigitalGlobe show the presence of cars and trucks at the site on February 22

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP File photo/KCNA VIA KNS

SpaceX Dragon's final test – making it to Earth in one piece

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Crew Dragon will undock from the ISS on Friday at 0731 GMT and leave earth orbit and reenter the atmosphere 5 hours later

LANDING THE CREW DRAGON. This handout photo released NASA shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon onboard at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-1 mission on March 1, 2019 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. File photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA/AFP

Megaworld-WeWork deal seen to draw more foreign firms to Philippines

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Coworking firm WeWork can attract foreign companies looking to set up shop in the Philippines, says Megaworld

Photo from Megaworld

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks with ISS

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:02 AM

Two hours after docking, the space station's 3 crew members – American Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko – open the hatch of the space capsule and, for the first time, penetrate its interior in space

DUMMIES. This video grab taken from the Space X webcast transmission on March 3, 2019, shows a dummy named Ripley onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard after the opening of the hatch during the Demo-1 mission. Handout photo/SpaceX/AFP

Life on Mars: My 15 amazing years with Oppy, NASA's record-breaking rover

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The little robotic geologist had transmitted thousands of images from the surface of the planet, transforming our understanding of Mars and paving the way for future exploration

'OPPY.' The little robotic geologist on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech

New SpaceX astronaut capsule successfully launched on ISS test mission

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) The only occupant on board SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule is a dummy named Ripley – but NASA plans to put two astronauts aboard later this year

REHEARSAL. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard takes off during the Demo-1 mission, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 2, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Duterte to Trillanes: I will subpoena your mother | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Chito dela Vega

'Space Jam 2' with LeBron James hits theaters in 2021

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:30 PM

We can't wait for another out-of-this-world basketball game!

What's the weather like on Uranus and Neptune? New images give important clues

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:16 AM

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope show a variety of intriguing weather patterns in the atmospheres of both Neptune and Uranus

PLANETS. Uranus (left) and Neptune (right) seen by Hubble. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley)

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet' into the Ryugu asteroid, says Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager

FALCON. An artists rendition of Hayabusa2, or Falcon in Japanese. Photo from Go Miyazaki under CC license

Pinoy app global finalist at NASA Space Apps Challenge

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The ISDApp seeks to communicate useful information to fishermen even without internet connection. It will complete against 24 other finalists chosen by NASA scientists and experts from 2,729 teams in 200 locations all over the world.

GLOBAL FINALIST. Team iNON (It's Now or Never) is behind the ISDApp. Photo courtesy of Michael Lance Domagas

Building a case for working in a coworking space

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Coworking certainly has its own charm. Here’s why you should give it a try

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'There was silence. There were tears. There were hugs. There were memories and laughs shared. #ThankYouOppy #GoodnightOppy.'

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) in late March 2014 shows effects of recent winds removing much of the dust from the rover's solar arrays. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Cambridge-educated Franklin 'helped us understand life on Earth and now her namesake will do the same on Mars,' says UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore

NEW MARS ROVER. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Carpio: Protest China’s ‘rescue center’ in West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Chito de la Vega

Chinese rover finds lunar nights 'colder than expected'

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Temperatures on the moon's surface plummeted to minus 190 degrees celsius (-310 degrees Fahrenheit) during the probe's first lunar night, which 'was colder than scientists expected,' the China National Space Administration (CNSA) says

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


Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:34 PM

A start-up based in Tokyo says it developed the micro-satellite for a celestial show over Hiroshima early next year which it calls a 'shooting stars on demand'

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today

SATURN'S RINGS. This October 28, 2016 NASA file photo shows one of the last full views of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft acquired at a distance of approximately 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers). AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:06 PM

The bill would impose hefty fines and jail time for those caught sexually harassing others in public or online

NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Lawmakers back a bill that would punish catcalling and other forms of street and online harassment. Illustration by Rappler

'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:45 AM

What corner of the universe these powerful waves come from and the forces that produced them remain unknown

CHIME file photo from Wikipedia

In space, the U.S. sees a rival in China

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:33 AM

China launches more rockets into space than any other country, with 39 last year compared to 31 by the US, 20 by Russia, and 8 by Europe

SPACE RACE. his file picture taken early on December 8, 2018 shows a Long March 3B rocket, transporting the Chang'e-4 lunar rover, lifting off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Photo by STR/AFPChina OUT