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By Mark Ivan Roblas   | Special to the BusinessMirror It would have been another school day but he was in for a surprise. Fifteen years ago, in the idyllic city of Tuguegarao in the Cagayan Valley, geology graduate-student John Warner Carag did not expect that his eyes would be opened...
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) has joined the Los Baños Climate Change Council (LBCCC) to support its mission to improve the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sector, particularly in addressing the challenges of...
The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) is looking to Dr. Eiji Mizushima of the University of Tsukuba, an eminent Japanese museum expert, to provide technical advice in its efforts to establish a Southeast Asian AgriMuseum in Los Baños, Laguna. “The first...
The British government, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are providing over £10 million (approximately P620 million) in grants and collaborative projects in the third year of the Newton Agham Programme. The science grants aim to help...
Story by Stephanie Tumampos | Special to the BusinessMirror Over 15 million people in the Philippines have no access to clean and safe water. Beyond this, the water supply for Filipinos is seen to be lesser in the coming years, as climate change and overconsumption have greatly affected the country’s water...
By Vanessa Puno PALO, Leyte—Eleventh Grader Hillary Diane Andales won for her school, the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC) in Palo, Leyte, a state-of-the-art DNA molecular-biology laboratory worth $100,000 from the Breakthrough Junior Challenge (BJC) in 2016. As finalist, Andales, 17, emerged as a special awardee for the “Most...
Story & photo by Stephanie Tumampos | Special to the BusinessMirror Eight hundred twenty-three elementary pupils and high-school students were given recognition by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) awards. Held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on February 1, the students...
Last year’s top 3 winners at the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) reclaimed their top posts as the best of this year’s crop albeit different rankings during the final competition held at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Labor and Industrial Relations Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City, on...
Researchers at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and four other universities in Southeast Asia can now apply for the Dissertation Doctorate Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources at Tokyo University of Agriculture (Nodai) in Japan. The dissertation doctorate scholarship is a joint project of Tokyo Nodai and...
By Diana G. Mendoza | Inter Press Service The Philippines, a tiny developing country, has joined the colossal world of space technology, building its second microsatellite that it plans to launch late this year or in early-2018—not to study other planets, but to monitor weather patterns and climate change to...
An estimated 400,000 Americans are currently living with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune cells attack a fatty substance called myelin in the nerves. Common symptoms are gait and balance disorders, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, pain and muscle spasticity. Colorado has the highest proportion of people living with...
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)—a Malaysian private university—that will allow Filipino teachers to hone their expertise in the fields of petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering through scholarships in masteral and doctoral education. In a ceremony held...
Rice researchers, scientists and funding partners from the Philippines and the United Kingdom, along with those from China, Thailand and Vietnam, converged early this month at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, to collaborate and share issues in sustainable rice production. Thirteen projects funded through the Newton Fund...
MIAMI—Two more tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes have been found on the US mainland for the first time, caught in traps near Florida’s Everglades. The scientists involved say this could raise the risk of mosquito-borne viruses reaching people and birds, but health officials say it’s too early to sound an alarm. The new...
Federal wildlife officials on Monday called climate change the biggest threat to the survival of the polar bear and warned that without decisive action to combat global warming, the bears would almost certainly disappear from much of the Arctic. “It cannot be overstated that the single most important action for...
The sugarcane industry is huge in the Philippines, with many other industries heavily dependent on sugar, such as the energy and fuel sectors, including bioethanol. News reports say sugarcane farming is the second most in demand job in the Philippines. Reports say data from the Bureau of Local Employment said...
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan—The rusty-patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental US to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said on Tuesday. The US Fish and Wildlife Service first told The Associated Press it was adding the...
WASHINGTON—Researchers infected lab mosquitoes with genetically weakened malaria parasites, and then recruited volunteers willing to be bitten—a lot—to test a possible new strategy for a vaccine. The idea: Vaccinate using living malaria parasites that are too weak to make people sick. It’s a huge challenge, and while Wednesday’s study is...
Healthy recipes for children that use produce from school gardens in Laguna elementary schools will soon be published by the Philippine government-hosted, Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca). The recipes were gathered from cooking contests in five elementary schools in Laguna that...
TEA-tums. Gracilaria. Sea Grapes Powder. Crispy Sprouted Mongo. These are only some of the 20 innovative food products developed from local raw materials in the Department of Science and Technology-Food Innovation Centers (DOST–FICs) in every region in the country. The products vied for the highly coveted Most Innovative Products and...