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Friday, January 20, 2017
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...
NEW YORK—He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds and maybe had a harem. That’s what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million year ago. He’s evidently the tallest known member of the prehuman species best known for the fossil skeleton nicknamed “Lucy”, reaching a stature...
‘LEARN by doing. Innovate by learning. This has been the approach of the Asean Centre for Biodiversity in implementing the UNEP -China Trust Fund project on ABS ,” said Anthony Foronda, Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Programme specialist on ABS. Foronda made the statement during the side event at...

Making the big leap happen

TO dream to become an astronaut is one thing, to be there finally in space looking back on Earth is surreal. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata have always longed to fly and work in space ever since he saw that one big moment in history when he was 5 years old,...
By Leia Castro-Margate | Special to the BusinessMirror NOT many can claim to be a rocket scientist, yet among those who most people could consider as befitting the term, Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano Jr. still demurs to the title. “I am not a rocket scientist, I am an electrical engineer,”...
BICUTAN, Taguig City—Local inventions that uplift the plight of many of their Filipino countrymen highlighted the 73rd Filipino Inventors Society (FIS) Annual National Inventors Week last month. With this year’s theme, “Filipino Inventions and Innovations: Strengthen the Nation, Today,” FIS is bullish in outdoing its achievements in the past years and...
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the integration of biodiversity in the planning, implementation and monitoring of development projects and tenurial instruments issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) In Memorandum Circular on November 28, Lopez authorized the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) to create...
WASHINGTON—American students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid block of East Asian countries, according to results released on Tuesday from an international exam. Eighth graders in the United States improved their scores in math over the last four years,...
WHEN we were younger, on those days when we dreamed of who we wanted to be, we often gazed the sky and look at the moon at night and gleefully say, “When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut!” Although most of us who dreamed to be an...
‘THE Philippines has the capability to become the hub of space technology and space applications in Southeast Asia, where engineers, scientists and industry stakeholders around the region can converge, instead of the country sending its professionals abroad to learn and be trained.” Astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese made this...
GENETICALLY modified (GM) Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) talong (eggplant) has no negative impacts on the biological diversity of nontarget organisms, the first-ever field-level study of the effects of insect-resistant Bt eggplants on nontarget arthropod species showed. The study was carried out in the Philippines by researchers from the University of the...
THE Earth has been around for roughly 4.6 billion years, yet its various phenomena have left many scientists puzzled. For one, earthquakes have been of great interest for scientists, as various evidence of forces that have triggered these natural occurrences are slowly being uncovered throughout time and based on data...
THE massive earthquake that struck New Zealand this week has lifted the seabed around the South Island town of Kaikoura by several meters, putting the local fishing industry and whale-watching tourist operation at risk. Shellfish delicacies, such as abalone and lobster, which live on submerged rocks and reefs, have been...
JERUSALEM—Israel is embarking on a major archaeological expedition to find yet undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls, an Israeli antiquities official said on Monday. Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority said a government research team will spend the next three years surveying hundreds of caves in the Judean Desert near the...