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Friday, March 24, 2017
FUKUSHIMA Daiichi Nuclear Power Station—Six years after the largest nuclear disaster in a quarter-century, Japanese officials have still not solved a basic problem: what to do with an ever-growing pile of radioactive waste. Each form of waste at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, where three reactors melted down...
"Not everyone has to become a space scientist. If we can use space science as a leverage to get the people interested in science, that’s already a big thing. We consider that mission accomplished.” Thus said Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese, a Filipino astrophysicist, at the Science Café held by...
Three scientists remain optimistic in confronting the challenges of climate change affecting the Philippines despite lingering issues, such as institutional and government policy weaknesses, agricultural zoning and the need to support mitigation and adaptation initiatives at the local level, among others. Climate-change specialist Dr. Reiner Wassmann of the Los Baños-based International...
A research and development (R&D) on germplasm repository in the Philippines is being undertaken by a government agricultural research agency in order to address the challenges of climate change. The R&D program of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science...
The country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) now have an e-commerce platform through the partnership of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank). The DOST sealed its partnership with LandBank for the oneSTore.ph Project with the signing of the memorandum of...
Applicants for doctoral degree (PhD) scholarships from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) have until April 30 to submit their application. Now in its 50th year, Searca is mandated to build the capacities of institutions working in agricultural and rural development in Southeast...
ROME/GENEVA—The United Nations health organization has just published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”—a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics as part...
Branding himself as “Fault Finder”, being a renowned geologist who studies the different fault systems in the country, Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. was sworn in by Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña as undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation effective February 27. Solidum will continue...
ALBANY, New York—For years, many Westchester County residents and elected officials clamored for the Indian Point nuclear power plant to be shut down, citing what they said was the untenable risk it posed in an area as populated as greater New York City. But since January, when Gov. Andrew M....
In a landmark move, two government agencies entered into a partnership to transfer government-funded research projects that amount to P25 million. “This partnership was never done in the government sector before,” said Engr. Edgar I. Garcia, director of Technology Application and Promotion Institute (Tapi), during the inception meeting between Tapi...
CHICAGO—Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called “abortion reversal”. Doctors’ groups oppose the bills because of flawed science and ethical concerns. There is no evidence the procedure works and little information about its safety. The procedure involves shots...

One-person households rising

UNITED NATIONS—A significant global demographic change having far-reaching consequences, yet receiving, scant attention is the rise of one-person households. Of the world’s 2 billion households, approximately 15 percent—or 300 million—are one-person households (OPHs). As is often the case with global averages, considerable variation exists in the incidence of OPHs across...
PANDI, Bulacan—National and Bulacan officials of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) led recently the turn-over ceremony of the Science and Technology Academic and Research-based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (Starbooks) at the Virginia-Ramirez Cruz Memorial National High School in Barangay Siling Bata in this municipality. Science Assistant Secretary Manny Galvez...
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...